Michael L. Gintzler, 82 years of age, of rural Funk, Nebraska, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society – St. John’s Center in Kearney.
Michael Louis Gintzler was born September 11, 1935 at Buffalo, New York, the eldest of two sons born to Joseph H. and Golde (Zabat) Gintzler. He received his education from Bennett High School in Buffalo, graduating with the class of 1953. He then pursued higher education for two years at the University of Buffalo.
In 1957, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Treadway and to this union, one son, Mark Warren was born. They made their home in Miami, where Mike did various jobs until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Mike spent three years in the Corps, stationed in Millington, Tennessee; Jacksonville, Florida; and Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he attended Aviation School, learning to become an aircraft mechanic. In 1960, he transferred into the United States Air Force, and spent almost two years, stationed in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, South Dakota, until he was honorably discharged.
In 1963, he was united in marriage to Sandy Davisson, and to this union, two sons was born: Max Joseph and Matthew Louis. The couple made their home in Liberal, Kansas, where Mike served as a police officer for the Liberal Police Department. In 1964, he enrolled at Ft. Hays State College. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in History in 1967, and his Master’s degree in Sociology in 1969. After graduation, Mike moved to Kearney, where he was a professor at Kearney State College for 29 years. He was very proud to have been selected as Professor of the Year, three times, and Ugly Professor of the Year, once. Following his retirement in 1998, he worked various jobs such as truck driver, library book shelver, pizza delivery guy, and had numerous newspaper and mail delivery routes.
Mike was a member of the Funk Lions Club, and the Jachin Lodge #146 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge in Holdrege. He enjoyed flying, gardening, camping, and dancing. He had a soft spot for dogs, as he loved to rescue them from shelters, and find them new homes. As Mike quoted, “He marched to the beat of his own drum”, and was proud to have lived out his personal philosophy; “I’m the happiest person I know.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister-in-law, Marsha Gintzler.
Mike is survived by his three sons: Mark Gintzler and his wife, Tracy of Brattleboro, Vermont; Max Gintzler and his wife, Judy of Kearney; and Matt Gintzler of Denver; three grandchildren; one brother, David L. Gintzler of Concord, New Hampshire, and a host of other relatives and friends.
There will be no visitation, as the family is honoring Mike’s wish for cremation. A private family inurnment will be held.
A memorial has been established in Mike’s honor, and kindly suggested to the Start Over Rover Animal Shelter in Hastings, Nebraska.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.