May 8, 1939-Feb. 1, 2019

Service: Graveside, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Kearney City Cemetery, Kearney, NE, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.

Gayleen (Willard) Eitemiller passed from this life to the next on February 1, 2019, at Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility, Stockton, after a long illness.

She was born May 8, 1939 in Kearney, Nebraska to Roxie (Hazzard) and Fred Willard. She spent her early years in Nebraska. However, Fred followed the construction trade and moved the family around the country for a time before landing in Pickstown, South Dakota, where she graduated from high school.

She soon married Arnold Eitemiller and had a son, Frank. The marriage ended and Gayleen and Frank lived with her parents until they passed. They eventually settled in Stockton in 1966, where she had a 32 year career in banking at Sac River Valley Bank before retiring.

Gayleen always enjoyed large family gatherings, visiting with family and friends, reminiscing and telling stories were her greatest joys. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of South Dakota for more than 50 years as well as the local Stockton chapter. She was a member of Stockton United Methodist Church since 1966.

Survivors include a son, Frank and wife Kim, Stockton; a special cousin, Gavaughn Barber, Stockton; grandchildren Ben and wife Sarah, Seneca, and Cassie and husband Trent, Lincoln, Nebraska; great-grandchildren Jaime, Lane, and Tucker, all of Seneca, and Kalia and Koda of Lincoln, Nebraska.

She also leaves behind numerous cousins in the Omaha and central Nebraska areas, as well as many friends in Stockton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Roxie Willard.

The family wishes to thank Drs. Butcher and Boeke who provided great compassionate care for many years, Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility and CMH Hospice for their kindness and caring, especially over the last few weeks.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Kearney City Cemetery in Kearney, Nebraska, under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility.