Johnnie Boyd Gabel of Seward was born Nov. 8, 1931, to John and Minnie Ione (Shirley) Gabel in Seward.
He graduated from Seward High School in 1951. Following high school, Boyd attended Southeast Community College for two years, graduating with an electrical degree. He served in the United States Air Force from Sept. 25, 1951, to Sept. 25, 1955. On Dec. 28, 1952, Boyd was united in marriage to Marlene “Molly” Hagemoser at United Church of Christ in Seward. He worked as an electrician for Southeast Community College in Milford for more than 20 years. In his free time, Boyd enjoyed fishing, playing cards, collecting things and watching Husker sports. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and watching high school sports. Boyd was a member of Legion Post 33. He served as color guard during many July 4th parades and Seward High School football games. Boyd passed away Nov. 10, 2020, in Lincoln at the age of 89 years and 2 days.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene “Molly” Gabel, Seward; sons, Gregory (Linda) Gabel, Greeley, Colorado, and Mitchell Gabel, Seward; grandchildren, Rachel Gabel, Kyle Gabel (Meagan Manning), Elizabeth (Andy) Koepp and Jaime Gabel (fiancé, Jason Orr); and great-grandchildren, Kaden Shepherd, Brenna Koepp and Karina Koepp. Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Gabel, and stillborn sister, Shirley Gabel.
Services are pending until spring 2021. Condolences may be left for the family at www.volzkefuneralhome.com.