February 7, 2011

Gerald B. Lawson

Gerald Bruce Lawson age 57 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Monday, February 7, 2011 after a short battle with cancer.  He was born in Lincoln on April 10, 1953 to Eugene Vernon and Jeannette Francis (Eberline) Lawson.  Gerry worked for the Nebraska Military Department of 37 years as a graphic artist.  Gerry married Carol Eckland on October 7, 1990 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  He enjoyed visiting with people at length and found any topic interesting.  He was a good listener, and helping others was second nature to him.  He loved art, music, and life.  He had a passion for college football, especially Notre Dame, and took many trips over the years with his friend, Drasis Pajeda to see the Fighting Irish play.

Gerry is survived by his wife Carol of Lincoln; mother, Jeannette of Lincoln; sisters, Nancy (Boyd) King of Lincoln; Susan (Jerry) Bradford of Lincoln; Janet (Kent) Alderin of North Dakota; brother, Tom (Kate) Lawson of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Pat Lawson of Lincoln; parents-in-law, Aldon and Donna Eckland of Scottsbluff; sisters-in-law, Lee (Greg) Green of Wedona, CO; Jeanne (Pat) Wicks of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Ken (Julie) Eckland of Scottsbluff; many nieces and nephews, and many special long-time friends including Drasis Pajeda, Todd and Rhonda Ball, Paul and Marji Morrison and Jerry Belford.  He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Lawson and a brother, Donald Lawson.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.


  1. Gerry was an awesome guy. When I first started working for the Guard many years ago I couldn’t ever remember his name so I called him Vince. I have called him Vince ever since. My condolences to his family. Remember, he will be forever part of you. He will always be with you in spirit.

    May God bless you and find comfort in Him.

  2. Carol and family,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you for the loss of Gerry. I pray God will provide peace, comfort, and understanding during this difficult time of your life.

    Gerry was a special person and touched so many people. He personally touched me with his humor, personality, and friendship. His love for graphic arts, attention to detail(perfection), and 100% customer satisfaction made him one of a kind that can not be replaced.

    I thank you for supporting Gerry in his employment with the Nebraska Army National Guard, as it has truly been my priveledge and honor working with him on different projects and being able to call him my FRIEND!

    SGM Boyd Navratil

  3. I will miss you very much. In the 6 years that I knew you, you made a big impact on my life. I looked to you as a mentor and a dear friend. You had a way with people that is a rarity in this life. You made people feel special and loved to listen and talk about them, about you, about life, and many times about football! The way you talked to and spoke of your dear wife Carol was second to none when it comes to a husband loving his wife. May God Be With You until we all meet again.

    Carol, please know that the love we all have for Gerry extends to you also. Call upon me if you ever need anything or to just talk. God Bless you and all of Gerry’s family.

  4. Gerry was awesome. The years working with him were great and we always had a lot of fun. I especially remember when the print shop/graphic arts was in the TAG bldg and we would joke back and forth every day. It was great to always be able to talk to Gerry, Bob, AI and Todd. May God Bless you all.

  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to Carol and the rest of Gerry’s family and friends, he will be missed. There were many days that I would wonder down to his desk to ask a question on a work topic only to get into a conversation on football, particularly Notre Dame football. For all their faults, and I was sure to point them out, he loved the Irish and would keep his hopes up as they moved from one coach to another. As it has been pointed out, he was a perfectionist. Whether he was working on a flyer for the General, or a invitation to the pre-marathon breakfast, he had to have it just right.
    As I said, he will be missed.
    “Go Irish”

  6. I have known Gerry for 18 years and it was a wonderful experience that I will cherish for a lifetime. Every time I had the opportunity to stop and see Gerry I did, because his enthusiasm for live was refreshing. I will truly miss our talks and working with another perfectionist who loved what he did. Heaven is a greater place because of your presence. God Bless and I will miss you!

  7. I had the honor to work with Gerry for well over 20 years. We collaborated many times on design of the Prairie Soldier and many other events during our many years at the Military Department. Gerry was a friend like no other. Whether talking weather or politics he was always good for a lively discussion. He will be missed hear on earth but welcome at the Lord’s side. God bless and keep you until we meet again my friend!

  8. I got to know Gerry very late in his career. He was a fun person to talk with. He will be missed. May God Bless you and your spirit rise up to meet the Lord.

  9. I too, will always hold a special place in my heart for Gerry Lawson. He and I, were both LEX students, and were hired with the Military Dept. full time when we graduated. Enjoyed working with Gerry, loved his zest for life and positive attitude.

    Carol, my sympathy to you, as I know he waited a long time, before he decided to settle down, and know your love for each other is strong, and you both are good people. May you have peace, and be blessed, in the future. I know Gerry will be missed by his family and friends.


  10. I met Gerry when I started 7th grade at Whittier Jr. High. He was always a kind and gentle soul even back then. when I was out of school I met up with Gerry again through his sister Nancy and at that time met his soon to be wife. Even after that many years I could tell he had not really changed he was still always smiling and again so kind and gentle. He helped me get through a lot hard times when we were in school. I feel Blessed to have known him as well as being able to meet the rest of his family. He will be missed by all, I just trust we will meet again someday.

  11. Carol, So sorry to hear that Gerry lost his fight with cancer. We visited with your Mom,Dad and Jeanne recently here in Lincoln and they told us he was very ill. You will be in our prayers as you and your family go through this very difficult time.

  12. I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God’s Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.


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