Fredrick William Kottmeyer was born Dec. 18, 1935, at home in rural Bostwick, Neb., to Lydia (Mueller) and Fredrick Henry Kottmeyer. To this union five children were born: Ruby (Sund), Ray, Roy, Fredrick W., and Nancy.
Fredrick was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church near Superior. He attended one-room schools in Nuckolls County and graduated from Superior High School in 1953.
Following high school graduation, Fred continued to work with his older brother, Roy, on the family farm as he had since his father’s death when Fred was just 12-years-old. While Roy served in the Army, Fred shouldered the responsibility of maintaining the farm and supporting the family.
Fred was blessed with an extended family to mentor him. To supplement the farm income, he worked for others in the community.
When brother Ray returned from military service, Fred volunteered for the draft and was selected to serve in the dental detachment from 1957-1959. The military dentists recognized his abilities and personal qualities and encouraged him to pursue a dental profession.
Fred returned from military service, took the Army dentists advice and enrolled at Fairbury Junior College with a pre-dentistry major. To finance his education he was a volunteer firefighter and lived in the fire hall. He also worked his non-class hours at The Rhode Packing Company.
Upon graduation from Fairbury Junior College, Fred was accepted by the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry-Lincoln. This was an accomplishment to fulfill the requirements for pre-dentistry in only two years.
Fred went on to earn the doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1965. While at the University he met JoAnn Meyer of rural Upland at the University Lutheran Student Church. They were married June 16, 1963, at the Fredericksburg Lutheran Church near Minden.
To this union were born two sons; Jared, who continues to reside in Broken Bow, and Evan of Lincoln.
Following graduation in 1965, Dr. and Mrs. Fredrick Kottmeyer moved to Broken Bow to establish his dental practice. In addition to building his practice, Fred served his church, Broken Bow Jaycees, was a professional member of the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, served on Broken Bow Board of Education and Tappan Valley School Board.
Dr. Kottmeyer maintained active membership in several professional dental organizations. For many years he volunteered his office as a dental practice rotation center for the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry preceptor program. Dr. Kottmeyer enjoyed learning from and teaching the dental students that he mentored through this program.
Dr. Kottmeyer served the community as a dentist until his retirement in 2005. Fred enjoyed knowing each person of the community through his many years of professional work. He was blessed to have so many patients that he also called friends.
Fred was a Nebraska football fan; he missed only a handful of home football games from the time he was a student at the University until his death. He enjoyed reading, watching his children grow up and achieve their education and goals, compete in sports and participate in 4-H.
Family vacations, gardening, birdwatching, spending time on the family properties, camping, hunting, fishing with his family, visiting with distant friends on the phone, and serving the Triune God, brought joy to his life.
Fred was called to his heavenly home Feb. 21, 2011, at the age of 75 years, 2 months and 3 days. Victory is his as he awaits Resurrection Day with the return of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Fredrick is survived by his wife, JoAnn; father-in-law, John W. Meyer of Broken Bow; son, Jared of Broken Bow; son, Evan and wife Jessica, and granddaughters Kendra, Kera and Kenly Kottmeyer, all of Lincoln; brother, Roy Kottmeyer, and brother-in-law, George Sund, Sr., all of rural Guide Rock; sister, Nancy and husband Dick Hall of Wymore, and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Broken Bow. Interment will be at Salem Lutheran Church in Superior, Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. The family has designated memorials to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, or Salem Lutheran Cemetery Fund.