Gary John Henry Naber, 78, of Tecumseh, formerly of Cook, died May 4, 2013 at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh. He was born Jan. 4, 1935 to Gilbert and Edith (Bottcher) Naber near Talmage.
Gary was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (Osage), rural Cook. He attended rural Cook elementary school through the eighth grade. Gary helped his dad on the farm and later moved with his parents to farm in Missouri in 1951. Gary raised hogs and helped with other farm chores and field work.
When his parents retired from farming in 1972 they returned to Cook and Gary worked for the Village of Cook by taking care of the town landfill. After the landfill closed, Gary had a lawn mowing business in town and also worked for Roesener Oil by pumping gas while they drove school buses in the morning and evening.
One of his many gifts was remembering people so Gary was able to write down names and purchases at the station.
One of Gary’s hobbies was customizing everything. He had customized his golf cart, walker and wheelchair by adding lights, mirrors, radios, horns and many other things to them. Gary was a big Husker fan, always wore Husker apparel and had Husker memorabilia displayed in his room.
He resided at Golden Acres in Cook until moving to Ridgeview Towers and later transferring to Belle Terrace in Tecumseh.
He is survived by brother-in-law Bill Dixon of Jamesport, Mo.; nieces Cheryl Ann McKenzie of Hawaii and Helen Chastain of Oklahoma; nephew Charles Dixon of Kansas City, Mo.; aunt Jo Bottcher of Lincoln; guardian Bill Cropp of Cook; and other relatives and friends.
Gary was preceded by sister Joyce Dixon.
Funeral services will be held at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, (Osage) rural Cook, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, with Rev. Curtis Rieger and Rev. Ken Tubbesing officiating. Organist will be Grace Bentzinger.
Pallbearers are Bill Cropp, Larry Bottcher, John Kopf, Rodney Roesener, Byron Schroeder, Richard Roesener, Kay Schroeder and Tom Cropp.
Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may go to the St. Paul’s U.C.C. (Osage) Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.wherrymortuary.com.