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Paul Waltman, 89 - February 02, 2012


Paul Waltman, 89, of Ord, formerly of Gothenburg, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.
A celebration of life service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord with the Rev. Russel J. Troester officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery with military honors provided by members of the Ord VFW Post 7029 and American Legion Post No. 38.
Waltman was born June 14, 1922, on a family farm near St. Paul to George and Anna (Wolinski) Waltman. He spent his childhood on the farm and attended District No. 8 country school.
In the early 1940’s, he attended a shop and mechanic night school, and entered the United States Army in May of 1945. His infantry training was at Camp Hood, TX, and he was later stationed at Naples, Italy.
While serving with the Army, he did mechanic work. He was discharged in December of 1946.
After the service, he moved to Gothenburg where he was employed as a tune up specialist at Gothenburg Motor Company, and served on the Gothenburg Fire Department.
On Oct. 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Franzen at Gothenburg. The couple lived on a farm near Gothenburg. In 1956, they moved to a farm near North Loup where they began their family farm that they operated until 1995.
Waltman and his wife continued to live on the farm until November of 2011, when they moved into Ord to Grandview Assisted and Independent Living Center.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities. He belonged to the Ord VFW Post No. 7029, North Loup American Legion Post No. 285, and the Nebraska Cattleman’s and Soybean Association and Farm Bureau. He also served on the Olean District No. 14 School Board and the Valley County ASCS Committee.
Waltman enjoyed NASCAR, collecting coins and participating in cornhusking contests, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, George and Anna; a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence (Connie) Waltman; four sisters and five brothers-in-law—Mayme (Bill) Pabian, Adalaide (Clarence) Jensen, Luella (Marvin) Jensen, Josephine (Leonard) Gorecki and Zig Zeleski; two brothers-in-law and sister-in-law—Clarence (Bernice) Bodtke and Paul Krueger.
Survivors include: his wife, Evelyn of Ord; a son, Jeff of North Loup; two daughters—Linda Nance of Ord and Janet Shriner of Littleton, CO; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred (Marj) Wozniak of St. Paul; sister, Rosemary Zeleski of Murry, UT; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law—Lucille Sommers of Florissant, CO, Alvina Krueger of Hebron, Otto and Lois Franzen and Marvin and Jill Franzen, all of Gothenburg; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church and the American Leukemia Association.

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