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Johnie Girmus
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1923
Fillmore County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1996
Fillmore County
Nebraska, USA

GIRMUS, JOHNIE—Johnie Girmus was born to James J. Girmus and Anna Matejka Girmus on Oct. 5, 1923, on a farm near Geneva, and passed away March 29, 1996, at the Fillmore County Hospital, at the age of 72 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was one of a family of nine brothers and two sisters. He attended elementary school at District No. 76 in Fillmore county, and high school at District No. 79 in Geneva, after which he joined his brothers in farming near Ohiowa.

Johnie was married to Wilma Jean Kimbrough of Geneva on Dec. 19, 1943, at the home of Francis and Amolia Kimbrough, and to them four children were born. He joined the United Brethren Church at Martland, and later transferred his membership to the United Methodist Church in Geneva.

Johnie and Wilma farmed prior to his entry into the service. On Aug. 21, 1944, their first child, Shirley Ann, was born a few short months before Johnie was called to serve in the United States Army in World War II on Dec. 22, 1944. Wilma and Shirley stayed in Geneva to await his return.

Johnie was honorably discharged from the service on Oct. 18, 1946, receiving a Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation ribbon with Bronze Star, Army, of Occupation Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. Following the service, Johnie and Wilma moved to the farm south of Geneva where he farmed with Wilma’s family. Three additional children bless their family: Constance June on Jan. 18, 1949; Johnie Dale on Oct. 9, 1950; and Richard Alan on Oct. 12, 1951.

Johnie thoroughly enjoyed his life as a farmer working the land and tending his livestock-some of which included purebred Herefords, quarter horses, a long list of Heinz “57” dogs, cats, guineas, and even some of his grandchildren’s pets. Through the years he and Wilma were able to purchase additional farmland. Johnie Dale and Richard helped him in the farming operation while they were in high school until they went to college. Richard returned to the farm in 1970, and grandson, Joey, joined the operation in 1989. At age 65 he “began” looking toward retirement.

Johnie and Wilma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1993, with an open house and dinner at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva. A host of family and friends helped them celebrate this wonderful union with pictures, videos, and treasured memories.

Some of his hobbies included riding horses and attending horseshows with the family, playing softball with friends, and family, attending the horseraces, going to town to play pitch at the elevator with his friends, and playing cards at home with his family.

In later years, he enjoyed riding the four-wheeler around the farms supervising the livestock and activities and being “Supreme Commander.” He also enjoyed tending his and Wilma’s garden and providing Wilma with produce to can and freeze. He will be missed on the streets of Geneva puttering around in his pickup-just checking things out.

This fall, even though he had been sick, he got to spend his last times in the combine helping in the harvest of corn and soybeans. Even though he needed a helping boost in the bibbies from Rich, Joey, or Nathan he received great satisfaction in being able to help with his final harvest.

Probably his greatest enjoyment came when he was surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whom he loved unconditionally, even though he didn’t always come right out and say it. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids’ activities and was pleased to help the grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn things their parents weren’t always as pleased with. The love in his eyes told the true story of the feelings in his heart.

Johnie was preceded in death by his parents, James and Anna; brothers, James, Ed William Frank and Emil; son-in-law, Duane Worm; and daughter-in-law, Diane Meese Girmus.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; sons, Johnie Dale and wife, Kay, and Richard Alan and wife, Vicky; daughters, Shirley Ann Zeutzius and fiancé, Jim Moroney, and Constance June (Joe) Monteforte; brothers, Joe and wife, Sylvia, Rudy and wife, Lenoris, Ray and wife, Donna, and Adolf and wife, Lynette; sisters, Mildred Odvody and Helen Koehn; 13 grandchildren, Carly Wayne Zeutzius and wife, Suzanne, Robert John Zeutzius and wife, Aimee, Mark Richard Zeutzius, Joseph Casper Monteforte Jr. and wife Kristen, Jean Ann Monteforte and fiancé, Jim Engle, Johnie Jason Girmus and wife, Elizabeth, Kristen Michelle Girmus, Amy Dawn (Nick) Bristol, Tara Melissa Girmus, Angela Diane Girmus, Joshua Dale Girmus, Nathan John Girmus, and Jaime kay Girmus; eight great-grandchildren, Benjamin John Heath, Ashley Megan Zeutzius and heather Rae Zeutzius, Johnie Jacob Girmus and Makenzie Elizabeth Girmus, Morgan Jo Monteforte, Tanner Carl Zeutzius, Colin Edward Monteforte; many nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the United Methodist Church in Geneva, on Monday, April 1, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Frank Bobbitt officiating.

Sue Kleinschmidt accompanied Kelly Eich and Delwin Myers who sang “In the Garden,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”

Pallbearers were Carl Wayne, Rob, and Mark Zeutzius, Joey Monteforte, Jason Girmus, Nick Bristol, Josh Girmus, Nathan Girmus, and Jim Engle.

Interment was in the Geneva Public Cemetery.

The Nebraska Signal April 1996
Family links: 
  James J. Girmus (1883 - 1943)
  Anna Matejka Girmus (1891 - 1971)
  Wilma Jean Kimbrough Girmus (1925 - 2002)*
  Edward Girmus (1909 - 1978)*
  Frank Girmus (1911 - 1988)*
  William Girmus (1912 - 1982)*
  James Girmus (1915 - 1975)*
  Emil Girmus (1917 - 1992)*
  Mildred Girmus Odvody (1917 - 2004)*
  Joe Girmus (1921 - 2001)*
  Johnie Girmus (1923 - 1996)
  Helen Girmus Koehn (1925 - 2007)*
  Rudolph Girmus (1927 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Geneva Cemetery
Fillmore County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: 06.097.04
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Apr 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88522585
Johnie Girmus
Added by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Johnie Girmus
Added by: M. Jensen Seggerman
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