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Joy Gonnerman, 92, of Grand
Island, formerly of the York area,
died Friday, July 24, 2009 at Grand Island NE Veterans
Home in Grand Island.
will be Tuesday, July 28, at 10:00 a.m.
in the Grand Island NE Veterans Home All Faiths Chapel. Chaplain
Bill Noer will officiate. Burial will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
with military honors by the North Platte Honor Guard in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, NE. Chaplain
Bill Forbes will officiate at Maxwell.
All Faiths Funeral Home will be serving the family.
Visitation will be an hour prior to service time.
Mr. Gonnerman was born at Waco, NE, November
25, 1916, the only child of Jacob and Gerte (Elliot) Gonnerman.
He is survived
by cousins, Robert, Gail, Tom, Gene, Roger Gonnerman, Dean Heine, Ray
Kleemeyer, Ellen Irish, Ruth Keyes, Mary Loontjer & their spouses,
and many other friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.
the United States Army Sept. 1939 (pre-Pearl Harbor) & honorably discharged December 31, 1946, receiving 13
medals of Honor that include, American Disience, American & Asiatic
Pacific Campaign, European-African Middle Eastern, WW II, Army Good
Conduct, Thank You Veteran, Purple Heart, Bronze & Battle Star,
Expert Infantry Combat Wreath, and Honorable Service & Honorable
service to his country, Joy carried on his father’s livelihood
of farming and raising cattle.
to share his war experiences, medals, stories of his military service,
as well as his life experiences. His
wish was for the young people to gain respect for the sacrifices
our nation’s veterans have made. He took great pride
in being able to reach the younger generation and became an ambassador
for intergenerational activities. He never said ‘no’ to
an opportunity, and visited several elementary schools and high schools.
Joy held his audiences captive as he made periods of history come
alive to young people.
Joy’s passion for life and new experiences never
dimmed. He wrote poetry, several of which were published. His
memory will be cherished by his many friends and the staff at Grand
Island NE Veterans Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Grand Island NE Veterans