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Orville Stephen Himmelberg

December 15, 1929 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Orville Himmelberg Obituary

Orville Stephen Himmelberg passed away on December 15, 2023, on his 94th birthday in Crete, Nebraska.

Orville was born on December 15, 1929, on a farm 1 ½ miles North of Lawrence, Nebraska and was one of eleven children to John and Josephine Himmelberg. Orville attended Sacred Heart School in Lawrence through the 8th grade. He did not further his education at the time and then began helping his parents full time on the family farm.

In September of 1951, Orville was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War serving as a Radio Operator and achieving the rank of Corporeal. He earned his GED and was awarded multiple medals including two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in July of 1953.

Upon his discharge, Orville moved back to Nebraska and attended school in Omaha to become an Agent Telegrapher. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a Relief Operator in Kansas. Orville then attended the University of Nebraska on the GI Bill from 1956 to 1960 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Orville married Barbara Wieck on February 1, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church, Lincoln, NE. They were married for 64 years.  From this union two children were born, Brian and Becky.

Following graduation Orville worked for Sanitary Towel and Gold Bond Stamps and in 1964 Orville and Barbara moved to Friend and acquired the Friend Grocery Store.  They owned and operated the store for 30 years before selling the business to their son. The store remained in the family for 52 years.

Orville was heavily involved with the Friend community. He was a member of the Friend and Dorchester Chambers of Commerce, The Friend Country Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Nebraska Alumni Association, and served as Mayor of Friend from 1974-1978. Orville received many awards and accolades for his service to his community.

In his leisure time Orville enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, and woodworking. Many of his projects were donated and special pieces were made for each of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his son Brian (Vickie) Himmelberg, Friend, NE; daughter Rebecca (Michael) Delaney, Libertyville, IL; grandchildren Cameron (Gina) Himmelberg, Lindsey Himmelberg, Elizabeth (Andy) Silvis, Emily and Christina Miller, Brita (Rick) Brownstein, Keegan (Valerie) Delaney, Sean (Trischa) Delaney, 11 great grandchildren, and 51 nieces and nephews and countless great nieces and nephews; brothers Vernon (Bonnie) Himmelberg, Lawrence, NE, Robert (Betty) Himmelberg, Lawrence, NE, Howard (Glenda) Himmelberg, Columbus, NE and John (Donna) Himmelberg; Sisters Rita (Ken) Brott, Littleton, CO, Vivian (Darrel) Soucie, Hastings, NE, Marie (Rich) Crucitt, Poway, CA.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents John and Josephine, wife Barbara, brother Don, sisters Doris (Don) Rech, Coletta (Max) Robinson; nieces Diane and Amy Himmelberg, Lynn Conley, and Karen Huber, nephew Eugene Himmelberg; parents in-law Walter and Marguerite Wieck, sister’s-in-law Berdina (Wayne) Strayer, LeNie (LeRoy) Wilson, and bother-in-law Robert (Marjorie) Wieck.

Funeral Mass: Thursday December 28th, 2023, 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Friend. There will be a livestream available for the funeral mass. Click on the link next to the funeral mass tab on the website ten minutes prior to the funeral mass.  

Rosary Thursday December 28th, 2023, 10:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Friend.

Visitation: Wednesday December 27th, 2023, 2:00-8:00 pm with family greeting and receiving friends and relatives 5:00-7:00 pm at the Lauber Funeral Home, Friend. The Knights of Columbus will be doing a Rosary for Orville at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Funeral Home.

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December 27, 2023

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lauber Funeral Home
814 Maple Street
Friend, NE 68359

Recitation of the Rosary
December 28, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

Funeral Mass
December 28, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
December 28, 2023

St Joseph Cemetery
544 State St
Friend, NE 68359


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