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Albert Rotman, 98 - January 05, 2015

Albert E. Rotman, 98, of Cozad passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
Services were conducted at the Evangelical Free Church on Friday, Jan. 9, with the Rev. Nathaniel Gustafson officiating. Interment was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Rotman, son of John and Dena (Otte) Rotman, was born March 24, 1916, on a farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, Kansas, that was purchased by his great-grandfather, John Renken, in 1870, when he moved to Kansas from Michigan. The farm is still in the family today and is located two miles east and five and one-quarter miles north of Downs.
He attended Oak Creek and graduated from Downs High School in 1933. During his graduation, the first of many dust storms covered the area. The lights went out and they received their diplomas by flashlight and other artificial lights.
It was during his high school years that he made his profession of faith and joined the Rotterdam Reformed Church of rural Cawker City, KS. When it disbanded in 1946, he joined the Dispatch Christian Reformed Church located in the area.
After graduation from high school he helped his parents with their farming operations, and also worked for neighbors who needed extra help.
In 1937, Rotman and his brother, Harold, started farming together. This was interrupted in 1942 when both entered the service of their country.
Rotman enlisted with the Army Air Force and served in the European Theater of operations with the 322nd Bombardment Group of the Ninth Air Force. He was the flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B 26 Martin Marauder Bomber. He flew 55 missions during this time, and was awarded the Air Medal with two silver oak clusters, also the Good Conduct Medal. He served in four theaters of operations including Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
After receiving his discharge from the Air Force, he and his brother Harold resumed their farming operation in Osborne and Smith County. They owned one of the first self-propelled combines in the area.
On Jan. 29, 1948, he was united in marriage to Loyce DeNell Hayes of Portis, KS, daughter of Dell and Nell (Atwood) Hayes at the Dispatch Christian Reformed Church by the Rev. Richard R. DeRidder. The couple resided on a farm in Crystal Plains Township in Smith County. To this union, a son was born, Daryl Lee Rotman on March 7, 1950.
In 1953, Rotman and his brother dissolved the partnership while he continued to farm the land in the Crystal Plains area and his brother farmed the land in the Downs Area.
Rotman and his family moved to his birthplace in 1958, and changed their farm operations to more livestock and less grain. Because of conditions that affected farm operations in 1968, he and his wife had a farm sale and sold all their farm equipment and moved to Cozad where they went to work for Monroe Auto Equipment Company to build shock absorbers. He was employed there for 15 years.
In 1982, he retired from Monroe as a tool and die maker. He really enjoyed his work and the people he worked with, according to family members.
In 1972, Rotman and his wife became members of the Evangelical Free Church of Gothenburg where he remained a member at the time of his death.
On his retirement in 1982, he took up the hobby of woodworking and, when his wife retired, they purchased a travel trailer and traveled quite extensively including a trip to Alaska. His wife’s interest in genealogy prompted their travels to many places to get information. These trips included northeastern states, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, Iowa and many others.
Rotman had served on church boards, school boards and Township Committees, what was then known as A.A. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1366 and served as the commander. When in the Downs, KS, area he also served as American Legion commander of Post 11 Department of Kansas, and at present he was a member for Post 77 of Cozad.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, John and Dena Rotman; his father and mother-in-law, Dell and Nell Hayes; sisters—Ann M. Rotman and Bessie K. (Harold) Wichers; three brothers—A.A. “Tony” (Gladys), Harold (Jean) and Julian (Dorothy); a cousin raised by his family, Alvin Rotman; brother-in-law, Loyd (Verian).
Survivors include: his wife of 67 years, Loyce; his son, Daryl Lee (Betty) of Las Vegas, NV; two grandchildren—Kristina Radell (Toby Logsdon) of Lynnwood, WA, and Ashley Paul (Amy Rotman) of Broomfield, CO; two step-grandchildren—Troy (Catherine) DeVan and Ashlee DeVan; four great-grandchildren—Kaleb and Madison Logsdon and Allyson and Ava Rotman; a step great-granddaughter, Claire Marie; sister-in-law, Loretta (Dale) Flynn of Lindsborg, KS; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Cozad Fire Department and the Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138.