A. E. "Gene" Van Wie, M.D.

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A.E. “Gene” Van Wie M.D., 84, of Grand Island passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.
Visitation for Gene will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church with Fr. Robert Lewis officiating. Burial to follow at Grand Island City Cemetery.  Military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Air Force and United Veterans Honor Guard.
Gene was born on Nov. 21, 1935 in Indianola, IA, only son of Peter A. and Karna (Juline) Van Wie.
Gene moved with his parents to Norfolk, North Platte until settling in Grand Island where he graduated with the Grand Island High School class of 1953. He continued his education and went on to attend University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1953 to 1956 for his undergraduate degree. On Nov. 19, 1960 in Grand Island he was united in marriage to Connie Joy Underberg of Broken Bow.
In 1960, Gene graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His internship was completed at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha from 1960 to 1961.  Gene began his Surgical Fellowship from 1962 to 1967 at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He received a Master’s Degree in Surgery from the University of Minnesota December 1966. He received his certification by the American Board of Surgery on March 13, 1967, and initiated into the American College of Surgeons on Oct. 15, 1970.
Some of his medical societies included, Member in good standing Hall County Medical Society; Nebraska Medical Association; American Medical Association; Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery; Fellow of the American College of Surgery; Priestly Society Mayo Clinic; Board of the Alumni Association Mayo Clinic and served on Mayo Clinic Board of Directors of Alumni Association for 6 years.
His medical staff privileges included, St. Francis Medical Center; Aurora Memorial Hospital; Litzenberg Memorial Hospital and Howard County Hospital.  He served as former Chief of Staff at St. Francis Medical Center and the VA Medical Center.  Gene was instrumental in the development of the Doctors Building at St. Francis.  He belonged to the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce.  Presently, he belonged to the Board of Directors for Johnson’s Lake Chamber of Commerce.  He was part of the political action committee to develop Johnson’s Lake into a Village and Sewer District.
Some of his community involvements included, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church; Past member of St. Francis Board of Directors; Commercial National Bank Board of Directors and Riverside Golf Club.  His enjoyments included hunting and fishing; pedal car collection; antique auto’s and spending time at Johnson’s Lake-his sanctuary.
Survivors include his wife, Connie; son, Scott and Jana Van Wie of Grand Island and daughter, Karly Jean and Dan Olson of Omaha and five grandchildren, Kayla Van Wie, Krista Van Wie and Mason Beel, Lucas Van Wie, Elle Olson and Grey Olson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the University of Nebraska Foundation to support College of Medicine scholarships at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in memory of A.E. Van Wie, M.D. at PO Box 3465, Omaha, NE 68103 or to the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

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