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Wayne Garrelts - October 12, 2012


Kearney, formerly of Hildreth, passed away Oct. 12, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Wayne was born April 5, 1930, to John C. and Rena (Schmidt) Garrelts on the family farm south of Wilcox. The family later moved to Hildreth.
He graduated in 1947 from Hildreth High School. He attended Kearney State College in Kearney.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth.
Wayne served in the Air National Guard from 1951 to 1954.
During his time in Maine, he met and married Charlotte (Pihlcrantz) in Orrington, Maine on Sept. 6, 1952. They were married for 60 years. They were blessed with three children, David, Debra, and Daniel.
He farmed most of his life south of Hildreth and enjoyed spending several winters in Arizona. They moved to Kearney in the summer of 2007.
He enjoyed reading, westerns, gardening, playing cards, starting up a conversation with those he didn’t know, traveling and spending time with all his family.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; sons, David Garrelts and wife, Diane of Sutton, Daniel Garrelts and wife, Roxanne, of Hildreth; daughter, Deb Gdowski and husband, Ted, of Columbus; grandchildren, Johnanthon Garrelts of Hildreth, Rebecca (Garrelts) James and husband, Adam, of Bancroft, Denise (Garrelts) Vargas of Lincoln and Deanna (Garrelts) Handrup and husband, Brandon, of Hampton; great-grandchildren, Nolan Vargas of Lincoln, MaKenna James, Addison James, and Jaylynn James of Bancroft and Brooks Handrup, Deagan Handrup, and Blaykley Handrup of Hampton. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Esther Thomsen, and brother-in-law, Leland Thomsen.
Funeral service were October 16 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Revs. Steven and Patti Byrne officiating.
Burial was in the West Salem Cemetery south of Hildreth.
Memorials are suggested to the Hildreth Public Library or Hildreth Volunteer Department.
Jelden-Layton Funeral Chapel in Hildreth was in charge of arrangements.