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Michael Gerbitz - December 08, 2009


Michael Gerbitz was born on Dec. 2, 1955 at Los Angeles, Calif. He was the fourth of six children born to Frank and Donna Belle Greer Gerbitz. Michael grew up in Los Angeles where he attended school through the 10th grade until his family moved to Denver.
He worked construction and served as a gas station attendant until he was forced to quit due to poor health.
In 1996, Michael moved to Grant, Neb. to be closer to family. Michael had developed congestive heart failure as a young man and had lived with his health problem until he died at his apartment in Grant on Tuesday night, Dec. 8, 2009. He had reached the age of 54.
Michael enjoyed the outdoor life which included hunting, fishing, and camping–especially with his nephews, David and Bradley Gerbitz.
In addition to his father, Michael was preceded in death by one brother, David.
He is survived by his mother, Donna Belle and her husband Efran Valdez of Westbrook, Minn.; one brother, Jeff and his wife Machelle of Grant; three sisters, Glenda, Nancy and Paula Gerbitz, all of Denver; three nephews, John Aranda, David and Bradley Gerbitz; three nieces, Alicia Murrillo, Elizabeth Gonzalez and Bella Donna Gerbitz; other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at the Grant New Life Fellowship Church with Pastor Vince Carrig officiating.
His body was cremated and the cremains will be scattered at a later date by family.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.