Gerald Laverne Jobman, 81, of Omaha, Nebraska (formerly of Gothenburg), passed away on June 26, 2020 at the Hospice House in Omaha, NE. He was born August 25, 1938 at Gothenburg to Arthur William and Lucille Virginia (Geiken) Jobman. Gerald grew up on the family farm 9 miles northeast of Gothenburg and lived over 60 years on this farm. The farm has been in the family for over 100 years. He graduated from Gothenburg High School with the class of 1956 and loved attending his class reunions and visiting with classmates.
In February 1957, he joined the United States Army Reserves and was discharged in March 1961. On December 26, 1965, Gerald married Sheila Cooper at Lexington, Nebraska and they became the parents of two children: Tregg Robert and Tracy Kay.
Gerald loved farming and taking care of the cattle. He especially enjoyed the cattle each spring as the new baby calves were born. In fact, each baby calf got a welcome kiss on its head as he tagged it. He retired from farming in 2000, but still loved to see the crops grow and mature each year as the farmer heart remained within him, even after moving into Gothenburg in 1995 and then to Omaha in 2016.
He belonged to the Gothenburg Lion’s Club for 37 years, and then joined the Elkhorn Lion’s Club after he moved to Omaha. He worked on many of the projects and fund-raisers for the Lion’s. Gerald was a member of the Gothenburg United Methodist church for 50 years where he was head usher for many years and also had taught Sunday school for several years. He served as an Assistant Scout Master to the Gothenburg Boy Scouts in Troop 177 for several years, going on camping events with them, helping with their meetings and their many projects. Gerald helped the Gothenburg Senior Center by delivering Meals on Wheels, and also took many Hilltop Estates’ patients to doctor appointments. In addition, he served on the Gothenburg Cemetery Board for several years.
Gerald loved attending sporting events and following the Gothenburg teams and also UNL football. Gerald held season tickets to UNL football for over 50 years and really enjoyed attending as many of their home games as he could. After retirement, he kept busy by visiting with friends each day in the various coffee shops in Gothenburg sometimes stopping by four different ones in a day. He also enjoyed working Sudoku puzzles every day. Gerald truly enjoyed collecting toy tractors, combines, and trucks which he did for many years. After moving to Omaha, he sold the majority of his collection of toys at a toy auction but kept about 75 or so for his own enjoyment.
He was preceded in death by his parents Art and Lucille Jobman; his grandparents Andrew and Minnie Jobman and George and Estella Geiken; his in-laws Alan and Florence Cooper; brother-in-law Gary Cooper; aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
Survivors include his wife Sheila of Omaha; his son Tregg (Vicki) Jobman of Omaha and his daughter Tracy (Rocky) D’Andrea of Dover, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren: Christy, Dan, Tim, Karissa, Savannah, and Cassie Jobman; Nick Lahowetz; Nick and Tony D’Andrea, as well as two great-granddaughters, Ava and Thea Jobman; brother Ron (Sandy) Jobman of Gothenburg; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry and Linda (Cooper) Varilek of Lamar, Nebraska; many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as extended family and friends.
Visitation: Monday, July 6, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Gothenburg, NE.
Funeral: 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2020 at First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE. Masks are not required but appreciated.
Burial will take place in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, NE.
Memorials may be directed to the Gothenburg Lions, the Gothenburg Senior Center, and the First United Methodist Church of Gothenburg.