Lyle E. Bergantzel, 87 of Wolbach, NE passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Cloverlodge Care Center in St. Edward, Nebraska.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach. A luncheon will follow at the Wolbach Community Center.
Lyle E. Bergantzel was born on December 29, 1931 in Greeley, NE to Joe and Iota Bergantzel. Lyle attended Wolbach High School from which he graduated in 1949. Throughout Lyle's life he had various jobs from teaching school to 3 students in rural Greeley county, driving semi trucks for Leroy Kraft, but the majority of his career was spent working as a train engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad.
Lyle was united in marriage to Donna Woolman of St. Paul on March 13th, 1951 in St. Paul. Lyle and Donna lived on a farm in rural wolbach before moving to town. Later in their marriage they moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lyle returned to Wolbach after the passing of Donna. Lyle was later married to Joan Cook of North Platte on January 25, 1992 in North Platte. Lyle and Joan lived in Wolbach where Lyle started hauling fuel for O'Gorman Oil and being the caretaker of the Wolbach Cemetery.
Lyle loved to garden and especially grow tomatoes that he would share with the community of Wolbach. He enjoyed driving the candidates for the homecoming parades and feed the town's stray kittens. He also very much enjoyed watching western movies and football. He loved spending time with his family and grand-children, fishing, and getting in his Cadillac and just traveling.
Lyle will be greatly missed by his 3 children and their families, Leana and Mike Hauxwell of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Randy Bergantzel and Sharon Eisenmenger of Humphrey, Nebraska, Leland Bergantzel of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and a niece he raised, Ella and her husband, Roger Nixon of Council Bluffs, Iowa; along with his six grandchildren; twelve great-grand-children; one great-great-granddaughter; one step-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Iota; his wife, Donna; 2nd wife, Joan; grandchild, Ian Bergantzel (age 2 months); sister, Julia Socha; brothers, Joe Bergantzel, Charles Bergantzel, Darwin Bergantzel and Elmer Bergantzel.
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