Gale K. Sweley, 80, of Litchfield, NE formerly of Alliance, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE.He was born July 7, 1939 at his grandparents’ home in Litchfield, NE. During his childhood years he lived and worked on the family farm and would work during the summers on Sand Hills area ranches. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1958. He continued to work on ranches until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served from December 1961 until December 1963. One of these years was spent in Germany. He then returned to ranch life in the Sand Hills. During this time Gale was known to hop on a train to travel to Seattle to spend time with his brother, Merrill.
Gale married Phyllis Timmens in 1973 and they continued to live and work in the Sand Hills enjoying and working ranch life. While Gale had no children of his own, he had 9 step-children and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After his retirement from ranching, he purchased a small acreage near Antioch, NE. He then went to work at rubber hose factory, Parker, in Alliance for 12 years.
Gale is survived by his sisters, LaVonne McGraw of Broken Bow, NE, Karen Schall of Litchfield, Mary Scheidies of Farmington, MI and Marilyn Lammers of Kearney, his brothers, Wayne of Burwell, Burdette of Kearney, Gerald, Roger and Mike of Grand Island, Ronnie of Litchfield and Randy of Kimball along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis in 2014, an infant brother, Meredith, and brothers Merrill and George.
Graveside services with military honors will be Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Whitman Cemetery with Reverend Tom Cobb officiating.