MARVIN D. CASPERS
Marvin and his twin sister Marceille were born in Auburn on July 31, 1932 to D.J. and Freda (Antholz) Caspers. He attended Happy Valley School District No. 72 through the eighth grade. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1950. Marvin served in the U.S. Naval Air Reserves from 1952 to 1960, with active duty from 1953 to 1954. During his active duty time he worked on aircraft hydraulics, welded, and trained as an airplane right seat observer. On September 14, 1958 Marvin married Blanche Gauchat at St. John’s Lutheran Church. They lived by Tecumseh and Marvin continued farming and raising livestock. In 1961 they moved to the Auburn area. In 1964 Marvin and Blanche moved to the home place when D.J. and Freda moved to Johnson. In 1971 Marvin and Blanche purchased the home place and lived there for 54 years. In 1951 Marvin began working in the auction business training with Colonel John Aufenkamp. He continued in the farming, auction, real estate and appraisal business until 2017. Marvin and his brother LaVerne formed Caspers Brothers Auctioneers in the early 1960s and did auctions all over Southeast Nebraska. In 1980 son Mark joined Marvin in the auction business. Marvin recalled some highlights of his career were selling at the Texas Livestock Show in 1985, working at four area livestock barns over the years, and helping organize or sell at many machinery consignment auctions. In addition to auctioneering together, Marvin and Mark farmed together for the past 40 years. He served as commander of American Legion Post #23 three times, president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, president of the Auburn Kiwanis Club, president of the Boosters Club, president of the Rural Fire District, member of the Auburn Eagles, member of the Jaycees, on the Johnson-Brock School Board and on the Nemaha County ASC. Marvin was a member of the Nemaha Valley Lodge #4 and also a Shriner. At St. John’s Stone Church he served on the church council and cemetery board. He helped start the Old Stone Church Preservation Foundation and was longtime chairman. He also served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Johnson for 42 years. Marvin was named Outstanding Young Farmer in Nemaha County in 1968 by the Auburn Jaycees. He served as president of the Nebraska Auctioneer Association in 1983-1984 and in 2015 he was inducted into Nebraska Auctioneers Hall of Fame. Marvin, Blanche and Mark received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award in 2016 for 100 years of continuous ownership in the same family. Marvin loved his grandchildren. He passed away on April 22, 2018 at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by infant daughter Luann Marie; brother LaVerne (Ellenora and Leona) Caspers; sisters Irene (Elmer) Beethe, Marceille (Gary) Habegger, Opal (Albert) Jurgensmeier, Darlene (Bill) Hafermann, Lola (Leland) Heidemann. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Blanche; son Mark; daughter Arlis (Mike) Scanlan; grandchildren Benjamin, Mitchell, Kathryn, and Claire Scanlan; brother Eugene (Elsie) Caspers; brothers-in-law Fred (Marcia) Gauchat and Ed Gauchat; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. A funeral service was Saturday, April 27, 2018, at St. John Lutheran (Stone) Church, officiated by Rev. William Shaner. Bob Engles provided a eulogy, and readings were by Rick Janssen and Mary Pechar. Special music was by Dale Thomas and Bruce and Kathy Sohnholz, accompanied by Loretta Kerchal. Casket bearers were Larry Habegger, Mike Habegger, Bryce Andrew, Luke Andrew, Randy Olson, Leslie Heidemann, Gregg Fujan and Mike Korth. Honorary bearers were Mike Casey, Rich Andrew, Evan Andrew, Duane Masonbrink, Raymond Caspers, Tom Stanley, Randel Smith, Duane Caspers, LeRoy Caspers, Daryl Obermeyer, and Rick Whittlesey. Linda Kuhlman, Carla Loemker, Deanne Caspers, and Jane Andrew were flower attendants. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.