Gail Wesley Probasco

Born: Sat., Jun. 14, 1924
Died: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017


1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 15, 2017
Location: Lockenour-Jones Mortuary

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Mon., Oct. 16, 2017
Location: Trinity United Methodist

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Gail Wesley Probasco, age 93, formerly of Bartley, passed away at the Cambridge Manor on Thursday, October 12, 2017.   He was born June 14, 1924 at Indianola, NE to Daniel Gail and Nellie May (Webb) Probasco.

Gail grew up on a farm north of Indianola with his parents and sisters.  He attended country school near his home, then graduated from Indianola High School in 1942.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII on December 20, 1943.  He was a combat engineer serving in the European Theatre.  Gail was honorably discharged on March 4, 1946.  On February 26, 1944, he was united in marriage to Elsie L. Heinz of Culbertson, in Augusta, Georgia.  Gail and Elsie raised three sons; George, Gary, and Dennis.

After Gail’s discharge from the Army, he and his family moved north of Indianola where they started to farm.  After living in the Indianola area for seven years they moved north of Bartley to continue their farming operation for 21 years. In 1972, they bought a house in Bartley where they lived until health concerns required them to move to the Cambridge Manor.

Gail was a life-time member of the Bartley American Legion, William Wright Post #245 and the Marian Schaffert V.F.W. Post #730.  He was a 70-year member of the Bartley Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.  He was a member of the Kemper Memorial United Methodist Church, Bartley NE.

Gail farmed for many years, worked at the Bartley Co-Op, Davidson Gravel for 25 years and drove a school bus for Bartley-Twin Valley District for over 40 years.  He served on the Bartley Town Board and the School Board.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons and grandsons.  He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great-granddad.  He enjoyed cutting firewood, removing snow for the neighbors, spraying yards and helping many area farmers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Nell; wife, Elsie on March 12, 2015; granddaughter, Kari Rae Probasco; and sister, Grace Burton.

Gail is survived by his sons, George and wife, Gayla, of Arapahoe, Gary and wife, Diana, of Jefferson, CO and Dennis and wife, Beverly, of McCook; six grandchildren, Gregg, Brooke, Todd, Ryan, Erin, and Tony; eight great-grandchildren, Jaedyn, Austin, Taylar, Grace, Tripp, Daniel, Aynslea, Delaney and soon to be born another great-granddaughter; and sister, Goldene Burton of Cambridge.      

Funeral services will be held at the Cambridge United Methodist Church on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM with Pastor Jeff Wulf officiating.  Burial will follow in the Bartley Cemetery with Military Honors.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM. at Lockenour Jones Mortuary in Cambridge.

Memorials may given in Gail’s name to the Bartley Ambulance Fund.


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Mary L Hickman
   Posted Fri October 13, 2017


Our deepest sympathy to George, Gary, and Dennis and their families. We will miss his humor and smile. Love to all, Your Colorado Cousins, Vikki Dillon, Mary Lee and Lew Hickman, Roger and Nancy Baker, Gene Baker, Sandra and Bill Reisenaur

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