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Donald Bauman, 88 - January 08, 2015

Donald “Don” Richard Bauman, 88, of Gothenburg died at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.
Services took place at the Evangelical Free Church on Saturday, Jan. 10, with the Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating. Inurnment will be conducted at a later date at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Bauman was born April 26, 1926, at Gothenburg, son of Roy and Anna (Block) Bauman. He grew up in rural Gothenburg and graduated from Gothenburg High School.
He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and was employed at the Nebraska Bookstore, traveling across the country buying and selling books for colleges and universities.
On June 21, 1947, he married Doris Ethel Ann (Retzlaff) Bauman at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walton. To this union, four children were born. The couple were married for 65 years.
Bauman worked as a farmer/rancher north of Gothenburg most of his life. The last three years, he resided at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.
He was a member of the Nebraska Cattleman’s Association, bridge card clubs and a dance club.
Bauman loved his horses and airplanes, and at one time, he owned his own plane. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participating in athletic events, according to family members. He also loved the Kansas City Royals and all Nebraska athletics.
?He was preceded in death by: his wife, Doris Bauman; brothers—Kenneth Bauman and Vernon Bauman; son-in-law, Dan Malloy.
?Survivors include: his two daughters—Susan Ray Malloy and Georgia (Steve) Reeves; his two sons—Mitchel (Cindy) Bauman and Joel (Kim) Bauman; grandchildren—Jeremy Baeckel, Micah, Patrick and Tiani Reeves, Zachary (Azra) Bauman, Abbie (Chris) Signore, Jessica (Nate) Maahs, Colton, Carly and Cameron Bauman; six great-grandchildren—Brandon and Courtney Baeckel, Zara and Gabriella Bauman, Dominic Signore and Mavis Maahs; a brother, Gerald (Mary Lou) Bauman; numerous nephews, nieces and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 68, Gothenburg, NE 69138.