Eustis Resident: Robert D. Bartruff, age 86 (1927-2013)

Robert D. Bartruff, 86, of Eustis, Nebraska, died November 4th, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

Robert was born August 29th, 1927, north of Eustis to Otto and Sofia (Yeutter) Bartruff. He attended District 70 Rural School and graduated from Eustis High School in 1944.

Bob worked on the family farm until he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1946. Following his years of service, Bob returned to the family farm. On October 26th, 1950, Bob married Evelyn Keller in Eustis. The couple made their home at the Bartruff Family Homestead. To this union were born four daughters, Carolyn, Jean, Mari Lynn and Janell. Farming was Bob’s passion. He enjoyed farm life, the outdoors, spring planting, fall harvest and raising and caring for livestock.

Bob was a lifetime member of the Eustis United Methodist Church where he served on many committees. He was active on the Board of Directors of the Federal Land Bank Association and was also on the ASCS committee. Bob was a charter member of the Eustis Lions Club, and was a member of the Cozad Elks Lodge and Elwood Masonic Lodge. Community was very important to Bob  and he was involved in many ways. Sports were a big part of his life and whenever there was a game in town, Bob was there. He coached girls softball for many years as well as helping with school games as a basketball clock keeper and on the football chain gang.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Vern, Otto Junior and infant brother Lloyd; sisters, Lucille Anderson and Doris Hotchkiss and son-in-law Reimund Loshonkohl.

Survivors include his loving wife, Evelyn, of 63 years; four daughters, Carolyn (Lynden) Griese of Cozad, Nebraska; Jean Loshonkohl; Mari Lynn (Doug) Banzhaf and Janell (Dave) Wetovick, all of Eustis; sisters, Betty Rieker of Farnam, Nebraska; Marjorie (Kenneth) Kugler of Johnson Lake, Nebraska and Diane (Danny) Easterday of Eustis; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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Services will be held on Friday, November 8th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating.

Burial will be at the East Cemetery in Eustis.


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