James A. “Jim” Gembala, 91 of Loup City, NE died Monday, September 7, 2020 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City where he had resided for the last 8 years. Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10 at Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Military honors will be provided by the Loup City American Legion Post #48. Masks or face coverings are recommended along with all CDC social distancing guidelines. Memorials are suggested to the Loup City American Legion Post #48 or donor’s choice. The graveside service will be live streamed on the Higgins Funeral Home Facebook page.
Jim was born December 21, 1928 in Sherman County to Joseph and Veronica (Silver) Gembala. He received his education at District #81 country school and graduated from Loup City High School in 1946. After High School he farmed with his parents until he enlisted in the US Navy in 1951, serving on the USS Bexar during the Korean War as a machinist. Upon discharge in 1955 Jim returned to farm north of Loup City which he did until his health declined and he went to live at Rose Lane. He was a member of the VFW and Loup City American Legion Post #48. A skilled mechanic and welder Jim could build or fix almost any machine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Henry, Rose Kornmeyer, Ed, Joe Jr, Clara Krolikowski, Ray, Irene Klausen, Ernie and Eleanor Wilson, and 6 nephews. He is survived by 21 nieces and nephews and their families. The family would like to thank the staff at Rose Lane for the care and friendship they gave Jim.
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