Loyce Rotma

Loyce DeNell Rotman was born on Oct. 22, 1928, on a farm in Webster Township, Smith County Kansas, northeast of Portis, Kansas, and passed away on Dec. 14, 2020, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg. She was the daughter of Alvy Dell and Nellie Melvina (Atwood) Hayes.  She attended a country school in the area known as Barefoot Nation. In 1946 she graduated from Lebanon high School in Lebanon, Kansas.

For a short time she worked at Richardson Manufacturing Plant at Cawker City, Kansas, and also helped her parents with the farm operations. 

One of her pastimes was roller skating which she really enjoyed. It was at a skating rink that she met her future husband, Albert.

On Jan. 29, 1948, she was united in marriage to Albert E. Rotman at the Dispatch Christian Reformed Church parsonage by the Rev. Richard R. DeRidder. To this union one son was born, Daryl Lee Rotman on March 7, 1950.  

In 1945 she became a member of the Oak Creek Christian Church south of Lebanon, Kansas and after her marriage she transferred her membership to the Dispatch Christian Reformed Church of rural Cawker City, Kansas where her husband was a member.

In 1958 the family moved close to Dispatch, Kansas, the place where her husband was born and changed their farming operations to more livestock and less grain. Because of conditions that affected the farm operations in 1968 Albert and Loyce had a farm sale and sold all their farm equipment and moved to Cozad. After moving there she worked for Tenneco Automotive until she retired after 21 years. 

At that time she and her husband Albert started to travel with their pickup and 5th wheel trailer. They put many miles traveling through the United States. Their favorite trip was a six week excursion to Alaska. Loyce had an interest in genealogy so many of their travels were to include places like the Northeastern states, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Iowa where she would explore her and her husband’s family lineage. She created two large volumes that trace parts of her family back to the 1600s.

In her pastime Loyce learned to knit and crochet, and she crocheted tablecloths and also a large picture of the Last Supper along with many small articles that she gave as gifts to friends and family. She crocheted numerous blankets that she gave to family and friends. A similar pastime was knitting. She made many sweaters for her family members. Another skill that she learned from her mother was quilting and after retirement Loyce enjoyed quilting with her neighbors and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; parents, Alvy and Nellie Hayes; her daughter-in-law, Betty; her brother, Loyd and his wife Verian Hayes; and her sister, Loretta and her husband Dale Flynn.

She is survived by her son, Daryl Lee of Longmont, Colorado; her two grandchildren, Kristina Radell and husband Toby Logsdon of Lynwood, Washington, and Ashley Paul and wife Amy Rotman of Broomfield, Colorado. She had four great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Madisyn Logsdon of Lynwood, Washington and Alyson and Ava Rotman of Broomfield, Colorado, and many nephews and niece.

Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. - noon at Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg. Masks are required and all CDC guidelines and current DHMs will be followed. Burial will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with Pastor Scott Newman officiating.