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Gale E Oswald

March 19, 1943 ~ November 3, 2021 (age 78)


Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Salem Country Church with Anthony and Justin Troyer officiating.  Interment is in Salem Cemetery.  Visitation is Friday, from 2:00-8:00 with family receiving relatives and friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at Lauber Funeral Home, Milford and 1 hour prior to services Saturday at church.  Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.  For those unable to attend the Saturday service for Gale, you can watch the service via Salem Country Church's video link by logging on to Salem Country Church's (Nebraska) YouTube site.  


Gale Eugene Oswald was born on a farm south of Seward, Nebraska during a snowstorm on March 19, 1943, to Dale and Maxine ((Schweitzer) Oswald, the oldest of four children, and passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 78.

As a young boy, Gale attended a country school and Beaver Crossing Public School and later graduated from Milford High School.  He accepted Christ and was baptized in his youth at West Fairview Mennonite Church.  Gale was united in marriage to Janice Roth on October 27, 1961.  God blessed them with four children, Beth, Joan, Michelle and Jonathan and 60 years together. He loved the Lord Jesus. The greatest importance to him was service to God and obedience to the Truth of His unchanging Word; to love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and others as yourself. He was ordained Deacon in August of 1985, Bishop in 1993, retiring from the Bishop responsibility in 2008.  He worshiped at Salem Country Church since 2018.  Gale worked various jobs over his lifetime, retiring from the Seward County Roads Department in 2005.  In his retirement he enjoyed driving a delivery truck for Winfield Solutions in Seward.  He enjoyed reading, traveling with his beloved wife Jan, time spent with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his church family. 

Survivors include his wife, Janice, Milford, children and spouses, Beth and Galen Gingerich, Seward, Joan and Don Ulrich, Milford, Michelle and Steve Yoder, Seward, Jonathan and Janelle Oswald, Milford, 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, sisters and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Gene Reil, Amy Hamtak, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jeanene Roth, Cloy and Dee Roth, Ila and Larry Kremer, Roger and Nancy Roth, Marieta Roth, Lonnie Roth, Carolyn Miller, Joseph Roth, Sharon and Roger Lehman and Leonard Roth, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gale was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Maxine Oswald, a sister, Patricia Ann Oswald, parents-in-law, Harry and Velma Roth, brothers-in-law, Frank Hamtak, Herbert Roth, Larry Miller, a sister-in-law, Ora Roth.

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November 5, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lauber Funeral Home
101 C Street
Milford, NE 68405

Funeral Service
November 6, 2021

2:00 PM
Salem Country Church
3219 A Street Rd
Seward, NE 68434

Graveside Service
November 6, 2021

3:00 PM
Salem Cemetery
Seward, NE 68434

Please note
Family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday at Lauber Funeral Home, Milford.
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