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Robert (Bob) Raymond, 74 - February 28, 2015

Robert “Bob” Charles Raymond, 74, of Gothenburg passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
A celebration of life service will be conducted on Wednesday, March 4, at the Gothenburg Evangelical Free Church at 11 a.m. with the Revs. George Ibach of Garfield, NJ, and Nathaniel Gustafson of Gothenburg officiating.
Raymond was born Sept. 28, 1941, at Lexington to Robert M. and Margaret E. Raymond. He grew up on a family farm northeast of Cozad.
He graduated from Cozad High School in 1959 and farmed with his father for several years following.
In the summer of 1961, he made the decision to go south for a year of college. He wrote all the big schools in Texas, and Baylor University was the first to answer. He packed up and moved to Waco, TX, in August of 1961.
Raymond started attending the First Methodist Church in Waco, where he met his future wife, Jenny. On Nov. 24, 1962, the couple were married at the old First Methodist Church in Waco.
He and his wife lived and worked on the family farm in Cozad until 1964, when they returned to Waco where he finished his accounting degree at Baylor, graduating with high honors. He passed the CPA exam the first time he took it in May of 1967, before he graduated from Baylor.
Raymond interviewed for all of the then “Big 8” accounting firms and received a job offer from each one, deciding on Arthur Anderson in Denver.
From Waco, he and his wife moved to Denver where their son, Jeffery Charles Raymond was born in December of 1967.
He and his family then resided at San Francisco for nine months in 1970 and moved to Gothenburg in October of 1970.
Raymond opened his accounting practice in Gothenburg and over the years it grew into a large business serving clients all over the state of Nebraska as well as other states. He was dedicated to his clients and was always available for them, his family said.
In 1972, their daughter, Mary Karol was born followed by Angela Ruth in May of 1977, who passed away from a drowning accident in 1978. God blessed his family with another daughter, Sara Marie, who they adopted in 1979.
?Raymond had served many committees over the years as a Nebraska Diplomat, president of the Gothenburg Improvement Company and was a past member of the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department. He was active with his church, helping out where he could, always doing the tax returns for the pastors as a service.
He had one of the biggest hearts anyone could ever have, according to family members. If someone had a problem, he would loan them money, if necessary. He wrote checks to people with health issues and other needs. He was a man who lived his faith in the way he served others.
Raymond loved his wife and family and worked hard to provide for them, family members said. He was also devoted to his granddaughters. One of his favorite activities was taking “his four girls” to buy cowboy boots.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Robert and Margaret; a daughter, Angela Ruth; mother- and father-in-law, Joe and Meb Cooper of Waco, TX.
Survivors include: his wife of 52 years, Jenny of Paradise Hills; his daughters—Sara of Gothenburg and her daughters, MaKayla and Abigail, Mary Karol (Craig) McGee of Elkhorn and their daughters, Maddie and Lauren; a son, Jeff (Julie) Raymond of College Station, TX, and their children, David, Rebekah, Caleb and Lydia Raymond; long time business associates and friends, Sharyl Munster, Kathy Gruber and Pat Stephens.
A memorial has been established for the Raymond family scholarship at Gothenburg Public Schools, and the Gothenburg Evangelical Free Church Youth Building Fund, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 12, Gothenburg, NE 69138.