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Emil Alberts, 79 - June 26, 2013

Emil Charles Alberts, 79, of Gothenburg passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services will take place at the First United Methodist Church on Monday, July 1, at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Interment will be at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
A visitation will be conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Sunday, June 30, from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 2 to 4 p.m.
Alberts was born August 15, 1933 on the family farm north of Gothenburg, son of Charlie and Hilway (Haddad) Alberts.
He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1951. On Nov. 3, 1955, he joined the Army and served his country until he was honorably discharged on June 26, 1957.
Alberts was always proud that he was born on his dad’s farm north of Gothenburg, said family members, and was able to live there all his life except for the two years he spent in the service, stationed in Germany.
On Jan. 18, 1973, he married Lois Vickers at the First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg.
He loved to work with cattle and trapping, and had a special place in his heart for his horses, especially Babe and Joker, and his dogs, Spotty, Daisy and Honey. He also had a green thumb and was known as the “Watermelon Man” to others as well as his home cantaloupe.
In 2005, he was elected into the Dawson County Cattleman Hall of Fame for his lifelong dedication to his herd of high-quality Hereford and crossbred cattle.
Alberts was a faithful giver of blood to the Red Cross, and at last tally, he had donated over 13 gallons.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Hilway and Charlie Alberts; brothers—Jesse Alberts, Alfred Alberts and Johnny Alberts; nephew, Lane Alberts; step-son, Mike Jenkins.
Survivors include: his wife of 40 years, Lois Alberts; step-daughters—Shirley Logan, Karen Mann and Janet Jenkins, all of Gothenburg; a brother, George C. (Rosemary) Alberts of Gothenburg; sister, Bessie (Tony) Shada of Kearney; sister-in-law, Cleta Alberts of Aurora; nephews—Mark Alberts, Mike Alberts, Dan Alberts, David Shada and Gary Shada; nieces—Cindy Burns, Cheryl Irwin, Mary Rivett and Toni Ann Jackson; six step-grandchildren, 15 step- great-grandchildren; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138.