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Clifford Lee Geiken, 96 - February 26, 2015

Clifford Lee Geiken, 96, of Gothenburg passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services took place at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 3, with the Rev. Pastor Joel Plisek officiating. Interment was conducted at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Geiken was born Nov. 9, 1918, northeast of Gothenburg to George and Estella (Fairbank) Geiken.
He grew up northeast of Gothenburg and attended rural school, then Gothenburg High School where he graduated in 1935.
Geiken had helped on the family farm until he enlisted with the United States Army in February of 1941. He served during World War II in the European Theater with the 134th Infantry 35th Division and the Army Band until he was discharged in 1945.
On March 2, 1947, he married Doris Brenner, and to this union, two children arrived.
Geiken was a life-long farmer and resided south of Gothenburg. He and his wife had provided their gift of singing for many funerals in the area.
He was a member of the Banner United Methodist Church until 1970 when he joined the Gothenburg United Methodist Church. He had been a Methodist for over 60 years and a faithful member of the choir.
Geiken was also a member of the election board, the VFW, and the American Legion for 60 years. From 1949 to June of 2007, he was the commander for the Gothenburg Honor Guard and was involved with parades, and funerals at Fort McPherson and other areas around Gothenburg.
?He was proud of the Honor Guard and strived to make them proud of themselves and the services they provide to the area veterans and their families.
Geiken also enjoyed the Gothenburg Senior Center and the Wellness Center, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by: his son, David on Oct. 2, 2004; his son-in-law, Gary Coates; his parents, George and Estella; sister, Lucille Jobman; an infant brother, Clarence.
Survivors include: his wife, Doris; his daughter, Carole Ann Coates of Cozad; two grandchildren—Jennifer (Darrell) Chancellor of Gothenburg and Elizabeth (Tom) Kehler of Culbertson; four great-grandchildren—Skyler and Abigail Chancellor, and Robert and Reid Kehler; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138, and the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.