Funeral services for Forest Guhlke, age 94, of Creighton, Nebraska, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Golgotha Lutheran Church, rural Wausa, Nebraska. Pastor Adam Salinas will officiate, with burial in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery at Bazile Mills, Nebraska.
Military Honors will be conducted by VFW Post 1151 and American Legion Post 74, both of Creighton.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home of Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Forest died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Forest Herman Guhlke, son of Herman and Albina (Kiessling) Guhlke, was born in the family home at Bloomfield, Nebraska. Forest grew up in the Bloomfield community, where he attended and graduated from Bloomfield High School. Forest spent most of his working years farming, but during World War II, he step aside from agriculture to serve in the United States Army.
On November 5, 1950, Forest was married to Wilma A. Lemke at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Forest and Wilma farmed in the Bloomfield area, and later near Creighton, Nebraska, until moving into Creighton. While living in town, Forest did maintenance at the Bruce Park Terrace apartments until retiring.
Music was a major part of Forest’s life, and he will forever be remembered around Northeast Nebraska for leading the Old Time Music Makers Band that played at numerous events and several retirement homes around the area. Forest was also the assistant leader of Alfred’s Bohemian Band of Verdigre, led by the late Alfred Cernousek. When not playing music or spending time with friends and family, Forest enjoyed repairing “anything”, tinkering in his shop, and lawn care and landscaping. Forest was a member of the Golgotha Lutheran Church of rural Wausa, Nebraska. He died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Avera Creighton Care Centre in Creighton, Nebraska, attaining the age of 94 years, six months, and 12 days.
Forest is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Wilma Guhlke of Creighton, Nebraska; Wilma’s sister and husband, Norma (Allen) Ober of Bloomfield, Nebraska; as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and Wilma’s siblings, Betty Lemke and Dale (wife Selma) Lemke.