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Clyde Kotschwar, 84 - February 11, 2009


Clyde Philetus Kotschwar, 84, of Farnam died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the First Baptist Church of Gothenburg with the Revs. Bill Ivey and Larry Viter officiating. Burial took place at the Farnam Cemetery.
Kotschwar was born April 27, 1924, to William and Viola (White) Kotschwar southwest of Maywood. He was the second of 13 children. His father died when he was 16 years old, so he had to work to help support the family.
He was united in marriage to Doris Vickers on April 27, 1948. To this union, four children were born.
Kotschwar and his brother Leon were partners in a trucking business during their earlier years. He continued trucking and farming throughout his career.
He loved farming and his cattle, and could fix most anything with his pliers and a chunk of baling wire, according to family members.
Kotschwar enjoyed playing baseball when he was younger and he also umpired baseball games, said family members. On his 80th birthday, he attended a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field
He served as a board member of the Farnam Senior Center, and had many friends which he valued, according to family members.
Kotschwar is preceded in death by: his parents, William and Viola; two sisters—Viola and Maxine; two brothers—Stanley and Robert.
?Survivors include: his two sons—Rex Kotschwar of Cozad and Dennis Kotschwar of Farnam; his two daughters—Sheryl (Steve) Brown of Council Bluffs, IA, and Kathaleen (Lonnie) McClellen of Ingham; three brothers—Leon (Muriel) Kotschwar of Farnam, Anton Kotschwar of Moorefield and Glen (Vickie) Kotschwar of Chadron; five sisters—Gladys (Orville) Thrasher of San Bernardino, CA, Bettye Cross of Prineville, OR, Alice Fickenscher of Surprise, AZ, Mabel Conklin of Sterling, IL, and Jean (Ivan) Henderson of Lexington; brother-in-law, Tom Vickers; daughter-in-law, Rosemary Kotschwar; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Farnam Senior Center.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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