ROBERT W. HOLTZMAN
Robert W. Holtzman, lifelong resident of southeast Nebraska, passed away June 13, 2018 at the age of 94. Bob was born in Omaha and resided in the Auburn and Stella area his entire life. He was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn for the last three years due to failing health. Bob was educated at the Stella schools, graduating from high school at the age of 16. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a surgical tech in England and Europe during World War II. After his honorable discharge he returned to Auburn where he joined the National Guard. Bob married Iris Lawrence upon his return, and they had five children. Iris passed away in 1966. Bob married Mary Lotter in 1969, and she passed away in 2017. Bob was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for many years, retiring from there. After retiring he worked at the Engles gas station in south Auburn and then for the City of Auburn doing maintenance of the city parks for several years. He was a volunteer fireman for many years and served as an Assistant Chief during his time with the Department. He also helped start the first EMT Unit for the town. Bob was active in the American Legion and was a drummer for the Drum and Bugle Corps. He served as a deacon for several years at the Auburn Christian Church, where he was a member. Bob is survived by his children Gail Holtzman of Rockford, Illinois, Peggy and husband Larry Slater of Davies, Illinois, Larry and wife Pat Holtzman of Auburn, Jay and wife Janiene Holtzman of Leveland, Texas; Iris Elaine Michaud of Clarksville, Tennessee; step-son Larry Ray Lotter of Washington; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. A funeral service was Monday, June 18, 2018 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Jackie Gfeller. Linda Nies was accompanist for congregational hymns. Casket bearers were grandchildren Stephanie Fisher, Lisa Norlinger, Gabe Holtzman, Orrin Bostek, Heather Hardwick, and Joel Michaud. Honorary Bearers were the members of the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department and the Auburn Rescue Squad. Burial was in Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn, with graveside military honors by American Legion Post #23 of Auburn and the Nebraska National Guard Honors Detail. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.