In Memoriam

The Gemuetlichkeit Days organization has promoted camaraderie in our community since 1971. It has brought people together that perhaps would not have gotten to know one another. Many new friendships have been forged because of Gemuetlichkeit Days. This organization has touched the lives of many people especially those 41 local couples who were honored to serve as the Gemuetlichkeit Days King and Queen for a year.

Everyone who has been involved in Gemuetlichkeit has helped our Gemuetlichkeit family grow. We celebrate our community and one another every year; and we want to remember the special people who became a part of our family, but are no longer with us. If we have missed someone special to Gemuetlichkeit Days we apologize. Please let us know who we missed, so we can add them to this special list. The board of directors will determine who is listed, but it is our intent to list past Royalty, Presidents and other people who contributed significantly to Gemuetlichkeit Days.

In memoriam of our Kings and Queens:

Date of Death Honoree Royalty
11-16-1980 Bob Ziegler 1972 King
06-15-1988 Dieter Hagen 1985 King
10-09-1997 Ray Krause 1975 King
02-03-1998 George Kemmeter 1977 King
12-06-2000 Elroy Schmidt 1971 King
04-26-2004 Wayne Schneider 1982 King
06-10-2006 Andy Bare, Sr. 2001 King
07-22-2007 Kate Endl 1974 Queen
12-07-2007 Jim Endl 1974 King
01-07-2012 Christine Sindermann 1973 Queen
01-12-2012 Elmer Waldmann 1986 King
12-30-2012 Raymond Sindermann 1973 King
02-22-2014 Tom Adams 1980 King
07-15-2014 Elsie Zingen 1976 Queen
10-05-2014 Francis Schakelman 1978 King
02-16-2015 Kathleen Groskopf 1992 Queen
12-28-2015 Betty Ziegler 1972 Queen
04-08-2016 Catherine Schmidt 1971 Queen
07-26-2016 Christine Bieck 2002 Queen
06-28-2017 Ardes Klug 1990 Queen
01-22-2018 Rita Doeberlein 1979 Queen
06-21-2018 Richard Fischer 1993 King
07-22-2018 Yvonne Krause
1975 Queen
10-02-2018 Bob Kober
1983 King
01-31-2019 Andy Zingen 1976 King



Other Special People to Remember:

12-1-1993 Ron Dunham President, Vice President, Secretary, Board of Directors and the Float
05-18-1998 Duane Quale Vice President, Board of Directors ,Contests and Parades
05-10-2001 Leif Johnson Board of Directors, Parade and Royalty Announcer
02-23-2005 Gerald “Jeff” Jeffery Vice President, Gdays Trapshoot, Button Designs, Float Engineer
05-17-2005 Ormal Keisling Linden Garten Entertainment
10-15-2013 Stu Jeffery President, Board of Directors
12-28-2015 Montie Yeager Vice President (1979), President (1980-1983)

Find the Mecki!

The Find the Mecki contest will be held prior to the festival, begining on September 5th, 2019. Clues will be posted on our Find the Mecki page when the contest begins.

What is Gemuetlichkeit?

What does “Gemuetlichkeit” mean? The link in the above question takes you to Wikipedia. Our city is mentioned at the end of the first paragraph!

Buy A Button!

To see a list of where you can go to purchase a Gemuetlichkeit Days Entry Button prior to the festival

2019 Royalty Nominations

Download and send in your nominations for the 2019 King and Queen by January 31, 2019!

G-Days T-Shirts

2019 Gemuetlichkeit Days T-Shirts are available at the Awaken Salon and Wellness Spa, Jefferson.

Upcoming Festival Dates

49th Year - Sept. 13-15, 2019

50th Year - Sept. 18-20 , 2020