Gil Poese, 93, of O'Neill died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Parkside Manor in Stuart.
Visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at the O'Neill Community Center in O'Neill. Pastor Mike Durre officiated.
Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill with military rites provided by the Nebraska National Guard Funeral Honors Team and the O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93 Legion Riders.
Memorials may be made to the Gil Poese Recreation Area for future improvements.
Gil was born on Dec. 1, 1925 to Norbert and Nora (Klostermann) Poese in Emma, MO. He received his education in Waverly, MO and graduated from Waverly High School in 1944.
In May of 1944 he was drafted in to the U.S. Army. After basic training he was sent to Europe where he served in World War II until June 19, 1946.
After being discharged Gil attended Pathfinder School of Radio in Kansas City, MO and received his diploma in 1949. His broadcasting career was interrupted when he was recalled back into active service for the Korean War in 1950 where he served until August 1951.
His broadcasting career took him and his family to LaPorte, IN; St. Joseph, MO; Maryville, MO; and Holdrege. In 1959, Gil became the owner of KBRX Radio and moved his family to O’Neill where he still resided at the time of his passing.
Gil was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in O’Neill, O’Neill Rotary Club, Eagles Club, O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93, Gideons and O’Neill Area Chamber of Commerce. Gil served on the O’Neill Public School Board for 23 years.
In his younger years he enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf. However his primary interest and passion in life was always radio.
During his career in broadcasting, Gil was honored with several awards including the Nebraska Broadcasters Hall of Fame, University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame, Outstanding Older Worker in the State of Nebraska and the O’Neill Hall of Fame.
Gil is survived by his wife of 34 years Carol Poese of O’Neill; six children Patricia (Dewey) Schaffer of North Platte, Jana (Steve) Kruger of Arlington, Cindy (Albert) Morales of San Diego, Nancy (Brad) Sherwood of Elkhorn, Scott (Darcy) Poese of O’Neill and Lisa (Monte) Jamison of Ashby; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two stepchildren Michelle (Mel) McNea of North Platte and Stephane (Mark) VanderMeulen of Omaha; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law Jack Denton of Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant son, one brother Wilfred (DeLores) Poese and one sister Violet Denton.