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Gene Aper

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[January 05, 2009]  Gene Edwin Aper, 74, of Lincoln, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 10:55 a.m. at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Wallace Reifsteck officiating.

Burial will be in Hartsburg Union Cemetery, Hartsburg.

Mr. Aper was employed by Lehn & Fink for 43 years before he retired. He also farmed in the Lincoln area.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1955.

He was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Hartsburg to Harry and Frances Trepel Aper. He married Mary Ann Begolka on June 24, 1956, in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two sons, David E. (and Kim) Aper of Lincoln and Robert A. (and Beth) Aper of Broadwell; three brothers, Wayne Aper of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ronald (and Peggy) Aper of Atlanta and James (and Catherine) Aper of Denver; one sister, Elizabeth Kingsley of Lincoln; three grandchildren, Michael Aper, Jacklyn Billington and Andrew Aper; and five great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wesley.

He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to his church or to Maple Ridge Care Centre.

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