Robert L. Bierbower - June 29, 2009Former Giltner resident Robert L. Bierbower, 81, died Monday, June 29, 2009 at David Place in David City.
He was born Oct. 28, 1927 in Giltner to James C. and Margaret (Luby) Bierbower. He attended school in Giltner and graduated from Giltner High School. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska Medical School.
He married Verla Bayne in Giltner on Oct. 27, 1951.
He was in family practice in Shelby from 1955 to 1987.
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1952 to 1954.
In his spare time, he was what his family called a “gentleman farmer.”
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Shelby American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Verla, of Shelby; three sons, Robert J. (Jeri) Bierbower of Seward, James E. (Estelle) Bierbower of Wakefield, Patrick Bierbower of Kearney; two daughters, Jean M. (Doug) Hopwood of Rising City, Carol A. (Doug) Carpenter of Grand Junction, Colo.; one sister, Joan Kersey of College Station, Texas; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James J. and John R. Bierbower; three sisters, June M. Bierbower, Margaret DeBord and Mary L. Albracht; an infant daughter, Mary Jane and a grandson, Matthew Hopwood.