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Herman Bley - March 22, 2012


Herman B. Bley, 88, of North Platte, Neb., went home to be with His Lord and Savior on March 22, 2012. He was born May 6, 1923, to Jacob and Kate (Duhm) Bley at Wauneta, Neb.
He graduated from Wauneta High School in 1941 and entered the Army in 1943, taking his favorite verse, Romans 8:31: “If God be for us, who can be against us,” with him as he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving the purple heart and bronze medal.
He married Bonnie Jean Egle in 1946, raised their family on a farm in Hitchcock County, sold insurance for 19 years, and was a lifetime member of Gideon’s International.
Selling the farm and retiring in 1992 they moved to North Platte to join other family members.
Herman was a man of God and left a wonderful legacy. He was an outgoing person with a great sense of humor which encouraged those around him even through his later years of physical challenges. When asked what kind of encouragement he would give to others, he replied to “Know that God is on your side, stay true and obey Him. He will give you strength for each trial.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Alvin and another infant brother.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and children, Jerry (Pat) Bley of Oklahoma, Marsha (Michael) Ryan of North Platte, Janette (Lee) Jones and Terry (Kelly) Bley, both of Indiana; grandchildren, Jeff (Tara), Jeremy (Kira), Julie (Michael), Joshua (Rachael), Jordan (Adrienne), Cassie (Michael), Trisha, Savannah, Mikayla, Dawson and Olivia, great grandchildren, Kristopher, Josiah, Kate, Addison, Audrey, and Greyson, brothers Ervin (Elaine) Bley and Raymond (Lois) Bley, sister-in-law Nadine Bley and many other close friends and relatives.
A memorial has been established to Gideon’s International in honor of Herman and his life long desire to reach others for Christ. You may do so through www.gideons.org.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Parkview Community Church. Burial was at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery with military honors graveside.