Gothenburg Resident: Paul E. Pape Jr., age 88 (1925-2013)

Paul Ernest Pape Jr. was born in Lexington, Nebraska, on July 10th, 1925 and died on November 4th, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

At the age of 12, Paul moved to Gothenburg when his parents purchased a jewelry store from Otto Weiderander. Paul graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1943 and served as an apprentice to his father to learn the watchmaker trade. Paul served his country in the US Army.

He was an avid archer, carpenter, artist and loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Paul also enjoyed riding his bicycle.

Surviving are wife, LaVon Pape of Gothenburg, sons, Johnny (Peggy) Pape, David (Gidget) Pape, daughter, Susan O'Keefe, grandsons, Ryan O'Keefe, Ben (Kristy) Pape, Paul (Lindsey) Pape, Josh (Stephanie) Pape and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Pape; granddaughters Wendy Jensen and Katie (Brandon) Beatty; eight great-grandchildren: Patrick, Ty, Aliyah, Quinn, Hailey, Michael, Xander and Dresden and a host of extended family and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Paul E Pape Sr. and Ruth (Eager) Pape.

Services will be held Thursday, November 7th, 2013, at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating.

Private Family Interment will take place in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, NE.

Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Community Playhouse, Gothenburg Historical Museum, or First United Methodist Church 1401 Lake Ave Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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