Lee German - January 09, 2014
Lee German was born on Nov. 22, 1928, at Cozad, Neb. He was one of five children born to Erling and Doris VanNortwick German. Lee grew up in the Cozad community where he graduated from high school. He went on to attend Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln for a couple of years.
Lee was married to Leola Naumann in Lexington, Neb., on June 11, 1950. They joined the New Tribes Mission in 1951 and served as missionaries in the Philippine Islands until 1971 when they returned to Imperial, Neb., to farm and create the mission’s first pilot training program. They later moved to Grant, Neb., and continued to train pilots out of the Grant airport.
After his retirement Lee and Leola enjoyed travelling in their motor home. They made their winter home in Surprise, Ariz., and travelled the Midwest in the summer. They especially enjoyed spending summer time in Wyoming.
Lee had been in failing health and passed away at his home in Surprise on Sunday evening, Dec. 29, 2013. He had reached the age of 85.
In addition to his travel and his motor home, Lee enjoyed fishing and sharing and witnessing his faith in the Lord to hundreds of people over his lifetime. He had been actively involved in a prison ministry in Arizona the past few years.
In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by one sister, Ruthie German.
He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Leola; three daughters, Karen Strouse of Phoenix, Ariz., Laura and husband Ron Coniglio of Lincoln, Neb., and Doris German of Saguache, Colo.; one son, Calvin and wife Karen German of Omaha; a foster son, Francis and wife Sheri Mousseau; four grandchildren, Eugene Strouse, Elizabeth and husband Tim Langan, Henry and wife Anne German and Carolyn German; two great-grandchildren, Conor and Kyle Langan; two sisters, Dodie and husband Harold Sanders of Cozad, Janie Scott of Golden, Colo., and one brother, Cal and wife Barbara German of Imperial; other relatives and friends.
His body was donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at the Imperial Bible Church with Pastor Scott Stinson officiating.
A memorial has been established to the New Tribes Mission-Ilongot Dorm Project, 1000 E First St., Sanford, FL 32771 or the Imperial Bible Church, 800 W. 11th St., Imperial, NE 69033.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.