Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Lee Harvey Rottman 83 of rural Pawnee City, Nebraska passes away on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at his home in rural Pawnee City. He was born on January 6, 1938 in Falls City, Nebraska to Harvey and Helen (Frederick) Rottman. He was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Falls City. He spent his early years on the farm and began his education at Woodhill country school near Table Rock until moving with his parents at the age of 11 to Baudette, Minnesota and then returning at age 14 to Table Rock. He then graduated from Table Rock High School with the class of 1955. After working for a year, he began college at Peru College in the fall of 1956 graduating in1960 with a bachelors’ degree in education. He received a graduate assistantship to attend Indiana Sate Teacher College in Terra Haute, Indiana, graduating with at Master of Science in Education in 1961. His first teaching job was in Merrillville, Indiana, where he taught industrial arts and math. After two years there he received a teaching fellowship to again attend Indiana State in Terra Haute for another year. Throughout all of his college years he worked every summer for the army corps of engineers aboard the Meriwether Lewis now in dry dock at Brownville, Nebraska. He financed all of his college education with this job. He was inducted into the River Rat Hall of Fame in 2012 for his service aboard the Meriwether Lewis for seven summers. He then took a teaching job in Table Rock for two years before going to Heidelburg, Germany, to teach in the American school for one year. He travelled extensively in Europe while there. Upon his return from Germany he taught again in Nebraska schools while attending Emporia State College in Kansas during the summers where he earned the Specialist in Education degree Ed.S in 1971. He then served in several Nebraska and Missouri schools as as Superintendent of Schools for the next 24 years. He was a member of the Nebraska State Education Association and both the Nebraska and Missouri Administrator Associations. He retired to the farm in Pawnee City in1997. Lee married Carolyn Sue Uhri in 1966. To this union were born two daughters, Cara Lee and Ellen Sue. They later divorced.