Gerald Lee Bauman passed away Friday, December 11, 2020 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg at the age of 84. Jerry was born October 11, 1936 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Roy and Anna (Block) Bauman, the youngest of the four Bauman brothers. Jerry attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He returned to the family farm, working alongside two of his brothers and father.
Loyce DeNell Rotman was born on October 22, 1928 on a farm in Webster Township, Smith County KS., northeast of Portis, KS. and passed away on December 14, 2020 at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, NE. She was the daughter of Alvy Dell and Nellie Melvina (Atwood) Hayes. She attended a country school in the area known as Barefoot Nation. In 1946 she graduated from Lebanon high School in Lebanon Kansas.
Glenn George Bartels was born the youngest of 5 children on May 14, 1939 to George and Helen Bartels in Peetz, CO. He graduated from Peetz High School in 1957 where he was actively involved with the school’s FFA program. After graduating, he attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO where he met his beloved wife Carol, and the two were married on August 21, 1960. Glenn later transferred to Colorado State University and earned his degree in Vocational Agriculture. The couple moved to Mitchell, NE in 1961 Where Glenn held his first and only teaching position. While at Mitchell, Glenn expanded the FFA program to the largest it has ever been. In 1963 they welcomed their first child Mike. In 1965, Glenn, Carol, and Mike moved to North Platte, NE where he worked as a land appraiser for the John Hancock Insurance, CO. In the spring of 1966, Glenn was making a call on the First State Bank in Gothenburg, NE and the bank president, Earl VanSteenburg, offered him a job. The family moved to Gothenburg that summer and were greeted later that year by their second child Kevin, and in 1973, third child Scott joined the family. In 1974, Glenn became the president of First State Bank and held that position for 20 years.