"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 23rd at the St Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. Rev. Dan Barbey will officiate. Interment will be at the Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made to the family to designate for future use. Condolences e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
OBITUARY: BERDEAN KOHTZ
Berdean Otto Kohtz, the son of Henry and Martha (Otto) Kohtz was born at Hampton, Nebraska on October 12, 1927 and passed away at Aurora, Nebraska, on April 19, 2021, at the age of 93.
Berdean grew up on a farm and had many stories to tell about family get togethers and especially having fond memories of his horse "Nancy".
Berdean attended elementary school at Zion Lutheran School in rural Hampton, NE where, along with his parents, his Christian values were formed and provided him with a lifetime dedication to his Lord and Savior.
As a graduate of Hampton High School Class of 1945, he held special memories of being a member of "Hampton's State Championship Basketball Team of 1945" which provided him with many stories to share. Playing baseball for the "Hampton Rockets" and riding his motorcycle also brought fun times for him.
He married Agnes Oberg on March 26, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Aurora, NE. Their 71 years of marriage were filled with faith, family, dancing, laughter and provided a true inspiration to their children.
Berdean was very proud of his Hampton community. He was always known for his leadership, hard work and integrity locally and statewide. Throughout his life he was active in many community and charitable organizations as well as a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church at Hampton and a Hampton Hawk supporter.
After trying farming for several years, he found his life's work as a "Co-op" man which he was through and through. If you ever went on a road trip with Berdean, you always checked out "the local co-op". His successful career started at the Hampton Co-op Elevator and ended his career at the NE Public Service Commission, Assistant Director of Grain Warehouse Dept. at Lincoln, NE. He was always respected by his fellow employees and called them his friends. For all his years of dedication and leadership to cooperatives he was inducted into the NE Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2004. Berdean was especially proud that all three of his sons followed in his career path. In his later years, he volunteered as the groundskeeper for the Hampton ball fields "just so the kids had a nice place to play ball at".
Berdean was family-oriented who loved to attend children and grandchildren sporting and school events, was a great storyteller, great sense of humor, an always had time for a cup of coffee. He was a loyal and considerate friend, a dedicated public servant, a generous and kind father and grandpa with a big heart but always a humble man.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Phyllis Weber and granddaughter, Victoria Nelson.
Berdean will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Agnes; sons, Alan (Bridget), Bob (Linda), John (Barb); daughters, Susan (Dan) Heiden and Cathy (Roger) Nelson; grandchildren, Matt Kohtz, Meghan Kohtz, Patrick Kohtz, Shane Kohtz, Jessica Phillips, Andrea Henn, Katie Bax, Stephanie Frye, Preston Nelson, Tyler Kohtz, Kyle Kohtz, Kelsey Kohtz, Kaelyn Kohtz, Jason Kohtz, Melissa Baxter and Brock Kohtz and 25 great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Paul Weber, plus numerous nieces and nephews for whom he was the "favorite uncle".
We celebrate his life; a life well lived.