Rudolph ''Rudy'' Bernard Gerber, 96, of North Platte, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Linden Court in North Platte. Rudy was born July 1, 1916, to John Henry and Barbara Meier Gerber at Ellis, Kans. where he grew up.
He graduated from Ellis High School in 1930 then attended college in Kansas. Rudy later moved to North Platte where he hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1936.
In Feb. 1943, Rudy joined the United States Army and served in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged in December 1945 and went back to work on the railroad in North Platte. He retired as a carman in 1976.
On Oct. 11, 1958, Rudy married Kathleen ''Kay'' Ann Fain in Clayton, N.M. They renewed their vows on Jan. 19, 1977, at St. Patrick''s Catholic Church in North Platte.
Rudy was a member of St. Patrick''s Catholic Church and the VFW Post No. 1504. He was also a charter member of the VFW Post No. 9139 in Ellis.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Kay, and daughter, Debra (Thomas) Berger, all of North Platte; a son, Gary (Cathy) Gerber, of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren, Amanda, John A. and Connie Gerber; four great-grandchildren, Dominique Donnar, Ryan Chessmore, TJ and Addie Gerber; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Adolph and Jacob Gerber; three sisters, Lorraine Reinert, Lambertine Dreinling and Adolphine Herman; a grandson, Terry Gerber; and a step granddaughter, Melissa "Missy" Clear.
Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Veteran''s Home in Grand Island.
Cremation was chosen. A memorial graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.