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obit: Wilbert George Genzer

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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Wilbert George Genzer, 31, was killed Sunday night when his car overturned in a ditch on FM 155 just outside the northern city limits of Weimar. He apparently
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      Wilbert George Genzer, 31, was killed Sunday night when his car overturned in a ditch on FM 155 just outside the northern city limits of Weimar.
       
      He apparently died within seconds after the car landed on its top crossways of the four-foot ditch.
       
      Tracks of the 1959 Chevrolet, easily seen in the rain-softened ditch, indicated Genzer's car had drifted gradually across the highway as he headed southward into Weimar.
       
      The accident occurred at 10:15 p.m.  Highway Patrolman Ray Scholton said.  City Marshal Fred Vornsand assisted in the investigation.
       
                         Missed Sign Post
      The car missed, by about six inches, a two-inch metal sign post that might have slowed or deflected it enough to save Genzer's life.
       
      The vehicle left the paved roadway about 150 feet from where it struck the culvert of a private driveway with its left front, and sailed another 45 feet before landing upside down, doing a half-turn in the air to face east.
       
      Genzer was pinned under wreckage until a wrecker arrived to set the car upright.  He had sustained severe head injuries that probably caused almost instant death.
       
      The gradual path of the car, with no sign of braking, indicated the driver had fallen asleep or in some way was unconscious when the car left the road.
       
                           Welder, Carpenter
      Genzer was a lifelone resident of the Weimar and Schulenburg area except for two years he lived at Eagle Lake, working as a welder.  He had been a mechanic for Renken-Heller Motor Co. and Streich's Garage here in years past and lately had been carpentering, working for Roy Menke of Columbus but living here.
       
      Born Feb. 22, 1940, at Schulenburg, he was a son of the late Louis and Louise Rerich Genzer.  His family moved to a farm north of Weimar when he was 13.
       
      After high school he had served in the National Guard.
       
      He is survived by one brother, George Genzer of Rt. 3, Weimar and three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Lillie of Columbus, Mrs. Henrietta Clebek of Edna, and Mrs. Dolores Kunz of Weimar.
       
                           Funeral Tuesday
      Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 7, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Gerald Hubertus officiated.
       
      Pallbearers were nephews Louis Genzer, Maurice Hoffmann, Edward Clebek, Henry Clebek, Robert Wooten, and Bruce Kunz.
                         
      Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 9, 1971
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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