James F. Chramosta
James F. Chramosta, age 91, of Gibbon, died Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at his home. Funeral services were held Friday,
July 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelton with Father Jorge Canela officiating. Interment was in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery near Ravenna. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Apfel Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www. apfelfuneralhome.com.
James Frank Chramosta was born on February 15, 1929, in rural Buffalo County to James C. and Mary (Schuller) Chramosta. He grew up on the family farm and attended and received his education at District 27 school and graduated from Gibbon High School with the Class of 1946. He entered the U.S. Army on February 14, 1951, and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on February 14, 1953. He was united in marriage to Shirley Matejka on July 11, 1951, at St. Mary’s Church in Ravenna. After he was discharged from the Army the couple lived on the family farm where he was self-employed raising corn, beans, and livestock.
James was a member of St. Wenceslaus Church and then Sacred Heart Church in Shelton. He was on the board of trustees for both churches for many years as well on the District 39 school board, and president of the cemetery board of St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
He received a 50-year recognition for service to the church. In 2016 he was recognized by Aksarben Nebraska Pioneer Family Farm Award for farms in the family for 100 years or more. He enjoyed attending the Gibbon Alumni Banquet every year. He also enjoyed dancing (Waltz and Polkas), playing cards, and casino bus trips. He liked staying at home and preferred day trips although they did go on an Alaskan cruise, traveled to New York for the birth of a great-grandson, and visited the Hoover Dam. James enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For 20 years he was known as “Grandpa” the hayrack ride tractor driver around the Chramosta Pumpkin Patch.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley Chramosta, of Gibbon; sons, Robert (Gayle) Chramosta, of Kearney, Ronald (Shannon) Chramosta, of Gibbon, Jerry (Shirley) Chramosta, of Kearney, Allen (Julie) Chramosta, of Gibbon, and Steven (Janice) Chramosta, of Lincoln; daughters, Jeanette (Mel) Morton, of Omaha, Donna (Jim) Garretson, of Smith Center, Kansas, and Karen (Dave) Zimmer, of Gibbon; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Ryan, of Omaha; brother-in-law, Joe (Merna) Matejka, of Ravenna; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Richard Ryan.