Reverend Robert John Schaff went home to be with the Lord after succumbing to Parkinson’s Disease on January 3, 2021. Robert was born in Gaylord, KS in 1932. He graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and subsequently from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA. Robert served the Lord faithfully as pastor for 42 years in Cook, NE, Gothenburg, NE, and finally at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha, NE. He received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Midland University and Dana College. Over the years, Robert provided guidance and leadership for Midland University, Dana College, Martin Luther Home, Dollars for Scholars, Habitat for Humanity, the Stephen Center and Project Hope.
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.