Gary Lee "Ike" Isaacson

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Gary Lee "Ike" Isaacson, 80, of rural Davey, NE, passed away at home on February 28, 2022 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 29, 1942 during a blizzard at his aunt and uncle’s rural Raymond farmstead, to Raymond and Amelia (Hergenrader) Isaacson. 

Ike spent a happy childhood on the family farm and remained deeply rooted to the area for the rest of his life. After graduating from Ceresco High School in 1960, he proudly served his country in the Army Reserves. Ike began a long career at Cushman Motors where he was a dedicated employee for 42 years. 

Gary met Rogene at the Pla Mor Ballroom in Lincoln and they were married on July 17, 1965. Together they had three children, Kimberly Lynn, Brian Allen, and Kelli Suzanne. In 1978, Gary and Rogene built their house on Davey Road, less than 10 miles from where he was born. Here they raised their family, and he was able to share his love of farming, animals, wildlife, and nature with them. He lived there happily for the remainder of his days. 

Gary was patient, loyal, and generous to all. He loved a good joke. He enjoyed keeping an eye the weather and watching the sunset with a beer in hand. He loved his John Deere tractors, tinkering on home projects, and also traveling, dancing, and happy hours with his best friend Rogene. But most especially, he deeply valued his many friends and spending time with his family, who he loved dearly. His family dearly loves him back. His passing has left a deep void, but they are comforted in the knowledge of his abiding faith and in their cherished memories of a life well lived.

Family members include his treasured wife of 56 years Rogene; children Kimberly (Adam Thody) Stuhr, Springfield, NE; Brian (Meg) Isaacson, St. Paul, MN; Kelli (Sean) Vonderfecht, Hastings, NE; grandchildren Juliana and Ethan Stuhr, Marit and Sigurd Isaacson, Emily, Derek, and Andrew Vonderfecht; brother Dale (Pat) Isaacson and sister Marilyn Kahler; numerous extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2022, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm with family present from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 N. 27th Street, Lincoln, NE. Funeral Service will be held Monday, 11:00 am, March 7, 2022, at Peace Lutheran Church, 9831 N. 145th Street, Waverly, NE. The service will be live streamed on YouTube, Peace Waverly. A private graveside service will be held for the family at the Danish Cemetery, Davey, NE.

Memorials may be given to the Isaacson family for future designation.

Link to service: (17) 7 Mar 2022 - Peace Lutheran Church Gary Lee Isaacson Funeral Service - YouTube

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