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Paul Pape, Jr., 88 - November 04, 2013

Paul Ernest Pape, Jr., 88, of Gothenburg passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
Services will take place at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. A private family interment will be at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
A visitation will be conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 6 p.m.
Pape was born at Lexington on July 10, 1925, and at the age of 12, moved to Gothenburg when his parents purchased a jewelry store from Otto Weiderander.
He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1943, and served as an apprentice to his father learning the watchmaker trade.
Pape served his country with the United States Army.
He was a member of the Goth­enburg Methodist Church, American Legion No. 64, Gothenburg Community Playhouse and the Gothenburg Historical Society.
Pape was an avid archer, carpenter and artist. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren as well as enjoying riding his bicycle, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Paul E. Pape, Sr. and Ruth (Eager) Pape.
Survivors include: his wife, LaVon Pape of Gothenburg; sons—Johnny (Peggy) Pape and David (Gidget) Pape; his daughter, Susan O’Keefe; grandsons—Ryan O’Keefe, Ben (Kristy) Pape, Paul (Lindsey) Pape, Josh (Stephanie) Pape and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Pape; granddaughters—Wendy Jensen and Katie (Brandon) Beatty; eight great-grandchildren—Patrick, Ty, Aliyah, Quinn, Hailey, Michael, Xander and Dresden; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg Community Playhouse, the Gothenburg Historical Museum and the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138.