Chambers — Donald "Don" Eugene Gartner, 92, of Chambers died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at Arbor Care Center in O'Neill.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill with a 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill.
Burial will be in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill with military rites provided by the Chambers American Legion Post 320.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Donald was born on Sept. 20, 1928 to Robert and Mary (Maly) Gartner in Belden. He moved with his family to Emmett for a time as his father worked for the Shaffer Ranch. The family eventually settled in the Chambers area, moving to several ranches over the years.
He attended country school for a time, and graduated from Chambers High School in 1945. He worked various jobs till entering the U.S. Army on May 4, 1951. He was honorably discharged on April 24, 1953.
Don met Beverly Miller at the skating rink in Neligh. The couple later married on May 3, 1954 in O’Neill. To this union were born seven children Randy, Rod, Nancy, Steven, Vicki, Renee and Todd. The couple lived on several ranches, before purchasing the home place in 1956.
He enjoyed working on his ranch and especially raising Hereford cattle in the early years. He retired in 1999, but never truly gave up his supervisor’s position.
Don and Beverly were named Grand Marshall of the Nebraska State Fair in 2007.
He loved to play cards and his grandkids will fondly remember all the ways he used to ensure he would win. He also enjoyed going to grandkids' sporting events. He also liked to fish, making several trips to Canada for fishing.
Don was a member of the Chambers American Legion Post 320, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and O’Neill Knights of Columbus. He was also a past member of the Holt County Fair Board, Chambers Rural Fire Department, Niobrara Valley REA Board and the Holt County Co-op Board.
Don is survived by his wife of 66 years Beverly Gartner of O'Neill; six children Randy (Lila) Gartner of Chambers, Rodney (Rita) Gartner of O'Neill, Nancy Bowers of Spencer, Vicki (Denny) Libolt of Chambers, Renee (Charles) Vandersnick of O'Neill and Todd (Andrea) Gartner of Chambers; 15 grandchildren Matthew (Leslie) Gartner, Anthony Gartner, Hattie (Allen) Burrell, Rachel (Chris) Stacy, Rick (Jenny) Gartner, Lindsey Strong, Alycia (Matt) Harden, Montana (Zach) DeVries, Donna (Schylar) Franssen, Daniel Libolt, Sarah Vandersnick, Traci Vandersnick, Ty Gartner, Tate Gartner and Lizzie Gartner; 19 great-grandchildren; four siblings Mary Lou (Jim) Butts and Betty (Stanley) Watson, all of O'Neill, Anna (Charles) Porter of Fremont and Bobby Gartner of Chambers; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Gartner, one son Steven Gartner, one son-in-law Larry Bowers, two brothers Robert Gartner and Leslie Gartner and his parent-in-laws Kenneth and Lucy Miller.