COZAD -- Jerry Wittenberger, 78, died Monday (Nov. 17, 2008) as a result of a motor vehicle accident east of Cozad.
He was born March 26, 1930, at Carleton to Herbert and Mary (Walker) Wittenberger. He graduated from Carleton High School in 1947.
Following his graduation, he worked at his father's drug store at Carleton. In 1949, he began work as a telegrapher at the Union Pacific Railroad.
On March 22, 1953, he married Leola M. Arnold at Belvedere. The couple made their home in several locations until moving to Omaha in 1955, where he began work at United Airlines as a senior passenger agent. The couple also owned and operated "Jerry's Dairy" where his wife worked the day shift, and he worked the night shift following his day at the airline.
In 1964, the couple moved to Comstock where he served as president of a bank, and in August of 1966, the couple moved to Cozad where he worked as a loan officer at First National Bank. Shortly after leaving the bank in 1986, he began work at IDS where he handled investments. He later became a loan officer at Nebraska State Bank in Cozad where he worked until the mid 1990's. He also found time to help drive trucks for Ron Stear and mow at the Cozad Golf Course.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cozad, the Cozad Elks Lodge No. 2250, the Tehama Masonic Lodge in Hastings and served on various boards and civic committees.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Helen Michels and Marjorie Bunting and two brothers, Herbert and John.
Survivors include his wife, Leola Wittenberger of Cozad; daughter, Kim and husband, Randy Korgan of McCook; son, Ben Wittenberger of Hastings; sister, Elizabeth and husband, Robert Letcig of Richmond, Mo.; sister-in-law, Leora and husband, Bob Jones of Goodland, Kan.; two grandchildren,; and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Cozad with the Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation for memorial book signatures will be until 8 p.m. today at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.