Gerald (Cheb) Nuss - February 12, 2013Gerald L. “Cheb” Nuss, 80, of Aurora, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the United Methodist Church in Aurora, 1104 A Street, Aurora. Rev. Merwyn Davidson will officiate. Private family committal services will be at a later date.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post #42, for special recognitions for Aurora’s Legion baseball program or to the family for designation to the Alzheimer’s Association of America. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com
Gerald Laverne “Cheb” Nuss, son of Fred A. and Lucy (Bird) Nuss was born at Grafton on April 21, 1932. In 1934, the family moved to Aurora where Cheb attend Aurora schools and graduated in 1949. He was active in all sports -- football, basketball and especially American Legion Post #42 baseball. He received the Certificate of Merit from the Nebraska Independent for outstanding work in the field of sports. In 1949 the Legion baseball team was named Class B State Champions with Cheb serving as pitcher. In November of 1949, Cheb was offered a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. During spring training, Cheb sustained an ankle injury and made the decision to return to Aurora rather than spend extensive time not being able to participate in his favorite sport. He was employed as a sales clerk for J.C. Penney in Aurora.
In 1951 he joined the United States Air Force and worked as an Air Policeman with his primary duty station at the 3084th Security Squadron at Westover AFB, Mass. During his service he was also a member of the Stoney Brook Air Force Station Baseball Team. He also received a letter of commendation during his time in service.
After his discharge from military service he was employed as an installer with Western Electric and was based in the Grand Island area for Northwestern Bell.
On April 17, 1974, Jerry was united in marriage to Patricia (Fitzke) Nuss. To this union two children were born, Jon in 1979 and Kimberly in 1982. They resided in Grand Island until March of 1983 when Jerry was transferred to Littleton, Colorado. While in Colorado, Jerry celebrated his 30th anniversary of service with the AT & T. In December of 1986 Jerry retired from Mountain Bell and the family returned to Aurora.
In early 1987 Jerry and Pat became owners and operators of J&P Discount Liquors and had the business until it was sold in 1991. While his children were involved in sports, Jerry assisted in many ways with the ball programs.
He loved fishing, camping and boating with his children and watching sports on television. One of the biggest joys in his life was spending time with his grandchildren, Fallon and Abby. He also enjoyed attending auctions and flea markets, collecting Jewel-T dishes, and driving around Aurora in his S-10 pickup.
Jerry was a member of American Legion Post #42 and received his 50-year membership recognition. He was also a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
He is survived by his wife, Pat of Aurora; son Jon, from Grand Island, daughter Kim (Shawn) Mooney of Hyannis; grandchildren, Fallon Pierce Nuss and Abigail Jolene Mooney; two brothers, Dick and Virginia Nuss of Grand Island, Robert and Bobbiette Nuss of Lexington, Ky.; sister-in-law Eloris Nuss of Grand Island, and numerous nephews, nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lucy; sisters Suzzanne Paulman, Dorothy Melhorn, Arlene Paustian; brothers Don Nuss and Larry Nuss.