Hastings resident Robert L. Gestring, 90, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at
Because of the current pandemic situation, the family will have a private gathering only.
There will be no visitation or viewing. The service will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic
Church in Hastings with Father Jeremy Hazuka officiating. Burial with military rites by
Hastings Military Honor Guard will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. The service
will be streamed live on St. Michael’s Catholic Church’s Facebook page. This will start
at 10 a.m. Monday, November 23rd. The direct link for that page is
www.facebook.com/STMHastings. Memorials may be given to Hastings Catholic
Schools or St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Private condolences may be sent to the family
at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is
serving the family.
Bob was born on August 6th, 1930 on a farm in Cowles, NE, the youngest of 11 children
of Henry and Emma (Knigge) Gestring.
Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War where he
guarded the Panama Canal. He then served in the Army Reserves beginning in 1954 and
was honorably discharged in 1960. He married Patricia Lemke, celebrating more than 68
Bob worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years starting as a mail carrier and ending
his career as Superintendent of Mails. He loved his work and thoroughly enjoyed
fellowship with his co-workers. Bob was an avid St. Cecilia sports fan and could be
found on the sidelines of football games moving the chains and running the clock at
basketball games. He took great pride in his family and always cherished their time
Bob was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and was a past President of St.
Michael’s Men’s Club. Bob also served as President of St. Cecilia’s Activities
Association and was inducted into St. Cecilia’s Hall of Fame. He was a member of the
Disabled American Vets, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and was a Third
Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.
Wife: Patricia Gestring – Hastings, NE
Daughters and Spouses: Kathy & Tony Richardson – Ayr, NE
Pam & Steve Reilly – Seward, NE
Brenda & Vince Sutton – Lincoln, NE
Grandchildren & Spouses: Melissa & Drew Taft – Hastings, NE
Travis & Amber Patterson – Hastings, NE
Jessica & Matt Dominy – Seward, NE
Nathan Renter – Lincoln, NE
Brock & Elaine Sutton – Santa Monica, CA
Garrett & Robyn Sutton – Lincoln, NE
Great Grandchildren: Emily
Brother: Keith Gestring – Napa Valley, CA
Many other family members and friends.