George Charles Alberts, 91, joined beloved friends and family in heaven’s skies on March 8th, 2018.
George was the first-borne in the United States to immigrant parents Charlie and Hilway (Assif Haddad) Alberts on a farm northwest of Gothenburg Feb. 21st, 1927. George’s older brother, Alfred, was born in Syria. The family grew to include twins Jesse and Bessie born less than a year after George, Johnnie and Emil. Also living with the family was Charlie’s mother Mary (Delune Zahoor).
George attended Southwest Custer District 161 and attended two years of Gothenburg High School before being drafted into the US Army. He was located at Biloxi, MS and Randolph Field near San Antonio, training to be a tail gunner on a B52 bomber. As anyone who visited with George soon found, the time in the Army was the longest and saddest in his life, homesick and never having slept away from home until that time. At Randolph Field, George chauffeured General Mark Clark to his meetings. George later named his first son ‘Mark.’
With just weeks before being deployed overseas, Japan’s surrender ended the war and George returned to Gothenburg, vowing never to leave home again.
He married his childhood schoolmate and friend Rosemary Rubenthaler on Aug. 10th, 1951. Together, they lived and worked on a farm northeast of Gothenburg. The farm was owned by Glen VanWey, who also owned the Sun Theatre. They rented the farm for 39 years before buying it in 1991. Every landlord they had was a trusted friend as well as business partner. Their first year of farming a late summer hailstorm left their cornfield a tangled mess. When George tried to unplug the picker, his right hand got caught and later had to be amputated to save his life.
One hand never stopped George from living a normal, hard-working life; the couple did farm and livestock chores together. Over his lifetime George fed about 6,000 head of fat cattle, many of those years scooping feed by hand. The couple also raised hogs and chickens. For pleasure and recreation, and following Charlie’s footsteps, they grew watermelons, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and sweet corn, which they thoroughly enjoyed sharing with friends.
George served on the Gothenburg Co-op Elevator Board of Directors, was KOLN-KGIN’s ‘Proud to be a Nebraska Farmer’ in 2006 and shortly afterward was featured in the Gothenburg Times.
Left cherishing his memory are wife Rosemary, son Mark (Deb) Alberts of Gothenburg; daughter Cheryl (Russell Irwin), Lincoln; sister Bessie Shada of Kearney; grandson Staff Sergeant Nic (Kristen) Alberts currently of Germany; granddaughter Ashley Alberts; greatgrandchildren Camden and Eden Rose Alberts, and Riley Luebbers; Bryen, Roman and Draven Roach; and River Alberts; Cousin Gesmar Haddad Herdy of Brazil; nieces, nephews and friends.
Welcoming George in the celestial heavens are son Lane Alberts, parents Hilway and Charlie; brothers Alfred and wife Cleta, Jesse and wife Joleen, Johnnie, and Emil and wife Lois; brother-in-law Tony Shada, and Billie and wife Donna Rubenthaler; Grandmother Mary; Uncle Olaf and wife Tildie Albert; Cousins Sadie Albert and Irene Hansen and husband Lloyd; his landlords and friends.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, March 11th, 2018, 2 -5 p.m.
Funeral services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 2:30 pm with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to Gothenburg Health - Acute Nursing Services, Sun Theatre or donor's choice.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.