Funeral services for Gilbert “Gil” Dean Nitsch, age 74, of Chadron, NE will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Chadron State College Ballroom in Chadron, NE.
Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron, NE.
A memorial has been established for the Chadron State Foundation.
Gilbert passed away in the comfort of his home in Chadron, NE on Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was born on June 6, 1942 to Ivan and Zalia (Claflin) Nitsch in their farm home in Hayes County, NE. He was the second eldest of six children. Gilbert attended country school until entering HayesCountyHigh School. He was a talented multi-sport athlete and participated in football, track, basketball, and baseball. Gilbert was also involved in several school activities, including Boys Glee, Choir, H Club, Class Vice President, and was even crowned Homecoming King.
Upon graduating high school in 1961, he entered McCookCommunity College to play football and pursue a degree in dentistry. Gilbert transferred to Chadron State College in 1962 to continue his football career and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. During his time at ChadronState, Gilbert met Chadron native Floanne “Bunny” Apa, and they were married in 1964. Through this union, they welcomed children Nancy Renae, Rebecca “Becki” Lynn, and Gilbert “Dean” Nitsch Jr.
Gilbert began his railroad career with Chicago Northwestern Railroad in 1965 in Chadron. He then moved to Phoenix, AZ to pursue other business opportunities before returning to the railroad in Clinton, IA. Gilbert and his family relocated back to Chadron to continue his career with the railroad. Gilbert and Bunny divorced in 1975.
Gilbert married Linda Nitsch in 1977 and gained three stepchildren, Stacy Lynn, Cody Lee, and Kristin Kay Bach. Through this union, they welcomed Debra “Debbie” Ann Nitsch. While working on the railroad, Gilbert and Linda established the Nitsch Ranch in 1978 while also operating the Nitsch & Nitsch Pig Farm. Gilbert retired from the railroad in 1989 to ranch full-time.
Throughout his life in Chadron, Gilbert was an active member of the community. He served on the volunteer fire department, 4-H Board, Ridgeview Country Club Board, Farm Services, and Alpha School Board. Gilbert was an esteemed member of the Chadron Elks Lodge #1399, eventually earning the highest honor of Exalted Ruler. He also served as a Dawes Country commissioner for three consecutive terms. Gilbert was a devout supporter of Chadron State College and enjoyed his many years as a “Chain Gang” member. In 2012, Gilbert received the Family Tree Award from Chadron State College. He was a member of the ImmanuelLutheranChurch.
Gilbert is survived by daughters and son Nancy (Chris) Stein of Chadron, NE, Becki Richardson of Gillette, WY, Stacy (Dan) Beebe of Aurora, IL, Cody (Shane) Shepherd of Westminister, CO, Dean Nitsch of Chadron, NE, Kristin Yeutter of Bellevue, NE, and Debbie Floyd of Torrington, WY; mother Zalia Nitsch of Chadron, NE; grandchildren Kassi (Trent) Hartman, Karyssa, Kendra, Tristin, and Madison Stein, Aspen and Brody Richardson, Trey and Ty Beebe, Heather Bach, Shaniah Freeseman, Nick Spinaci, Kayla Sayer, Ashtyn Nelson, Jaydan Yeutter, Jerick Yeutter, Kyleigh Smith, Jace Barber, and Trace, Jada, and Charlee Floyd; great-grandchildren Isaac and Jax Hartman; siblings LeRoy Nitsch of Castle Rock, CO, Doug (Kay) Nitsch of Chadron, NE, Elaine (Kent) Haarberg of Enders, NE, Roger (Jenea) Nitsch of Chadron, NE, and Charles (Marla) Nitsch of Germantown, TN; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gilbert was preceded in death by loving wife of 27 years Linda Nitsch; father Ivan Nitsch; mother-in-law Carol Emmett; and father-in-law John Emmett.
The family of Gilbert Nitsch would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to his friends and Chadron community members for their friendship, love, support, and loyalty over the years.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements is in charge of arrangements for Gilbert “Gil” Dean Nitsch.