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Galen William "Bill" Underkofler
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Birth: Jul. 28, 1908
Fairfield
Clay County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 1997
Grand Island
Hall County
Nebraska, USA

From the
Grand Island Independent
Grand Island, Nebraska
(Hall County)
Wednesday, November 12, 1997

Galen William "Bill" Underkofler, 89, of 20 Via Trivoli died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at St. Francis Skilled Care.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jim Keyser will officiate. Private burial of the cremains will be at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.

Mr. Underkofler was born on July 28, 1908, at Fairfield to William and Leona (Hobbs) Underkofler. He spent his early years in Deweese and Hunter, Mo. The family moved to Lincoln, where he graduated from Jackson High School. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1929. He was affiliated with Theta Chi fraternity and Blue Key, Phi Kappa Pi and Gamma Mu honoraries.

He taught at Valentine High School for a year and at University High School in Lincoln for five years. He did graduate work at the University of Chicago, University of California Los Angeles and University of Southern California. He moved to Oakland, Calif., where he was an accountant for General Motors.

He married Elaine Chaney in 1939 in Redwood City, Calif. He was chief accountant for the National Motor Bearing Co. in Redwood City, Calif., until 1952.

The family moved to Boise, Idaho, where he was an accounting professor at Boise State University for 21 years before retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Elks Club and Kiwanis Club in Boise. He and his wife moved to Grand Island in 1978.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served on the education committee for 18 years. He sang in church choirs for more than 70 years. He was a member of the Grand Island Kiwanis Club.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Nancy (Mrs. Larry) Rutas of Grand Island; and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Merry Stewart; and two brothers, Leland and Harlan. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Eugene Underkofler (1873 - 1921)
  Laona E. Hobson Underkofler (1876 - 1977)
 
 Spouse:
  Elaine Chaney Underkofler (1912 - 2009)
 
 Sibling:
  Leland Alfred Underkofler (1906 - 1993)*
  Galen William Underkofler (1908 - 1997)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Trinity United Methodist Church Columbarium
Grand Island
Hall County
Nebraska, USA
 
Created by: Gerald "Jerry" Hobson
Record added: Sep 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76816301
Galen William Bill Underkofler
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Galen William Bill Underkofler
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