Herb Struempler, 86

Herb Struempler, age 86, of Broken Bow, formerly of Oconto, passed away Oct. 27, 2011, at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow.   He was born Oct. 27, 1925, west of Oconto, to Frederick “Fritz” and Minnie (Schwarze) Struempler. He entered into the United States Navy in 1944, and faithfully served our country in World War II until his honorable discharge in 1946. Herb married Elsie Knispel Jan. 20, 1948, at the Christ Lutheran Church, southwest of Oconto. Together, the couple farmed and ranched west of Oconto before retiring in 1995. Herb enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed spending time caring for his cattle. He had also obtained his pilots license. Above all, Herb loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church at Buffalo Community. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, William, Gerald, Fritz, Erich and Theodore; three sisters, Edna, Erna and Lottie. Herb is lovingly survived by his wife, Elsie of Broken Bow, formerly of Oconto; son, Maynard (Judy) Struempler of Oconto; two daughters, Sandra (Lloyd) Eggleston of Broken Bow and Diane (Harold) Kettelhake of Elk Creek; six grandchildren, Cody (Tonia) Eggleston, Justin (Karisa) Eggleston, Martin (Lisa) Eggleston, Marla (Curtis) Stallbaumer, Rachel Kettelhake and Layne Kettelhake; eight great-grandchildren, Shelby, Bryce, Seth and Allison Eggleston and Isaac, Owen, Abby and Emma Stallbaumer; two brothers, Henry Struempler of Broken Bow and Ronald Struempler of Oconto; three sisters, Elsie (LeRoy) Cyriacks of Gothenburg, Geraldine (Gary) Mitchell of Bella Vista, Ark., and Adele (Paul) Chandler of Plymouth, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Struempler and Norma Struempler, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Memorials may be given to the Christ Lutheran Cemetery Fund. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com. Services were Saturday, Oct. 29, at the First Lutheran Church at Buffalo Community with Pastor Victor Rasmussen officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery. Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 3, 2011