Rev. Truman Bachenberg entered life eternal on Sept. 1, 2018, in Nebraska City. Truman Bachenberg was born on Jan. 17, 1928, in Lewiston, to Charlie and Ila Grace (Schram) Bachenberg.
He was baptized at the Lewiston Methodist Church in Lewiston. He graduated as the valedictorian from Lewiston High School in 1945. Truman went on to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture in 1949 and went on to teach in the rural high schools in Ravenna, Neligh and Genoa.
Truman was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. At that time Truman was a chaplain’s assistant and medic at Fort Fitzsimmons in Colorado. It was during that time that Truman decided to go into the ministry. He graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., in 1957.
Truman met Marjorie Jean Baker in September 1954 while she was on furlough as a missionary from Angola, Africa. Truman and Marjorie were married on Dec. 18, 1954, at Howes Chapel on the campus of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Truman and Marjorie welcomed into their lives their three children Ruth Ellen, Rachel Sue, and Timothy Charles. Truman and Marjorie were devoted parents to their children and their Christian upbringing.
During Truman’s years as a Methodist and from 1968 as a United Methodist Minister in Nebraska. He served at Oakland Westside (a Swedish Methodist rural church), the parish of Oshkosh and Kawonda; the parish of Blue Hill, Ayr, Roseland, and Pauline; Fremont; the parish of Curtis, Garden Prairie, Wellfleet, and Maywood; Osceola, Atkinson, The parish of Kearney Faith, Havens Chapel, and Bethel, Hemingford, and the Chester Hubbell parish.
One of the most memorable times in Truman’s life was when he visited the Holy Land while ministering in Oshkosh, which was a highlight of his Christian ministry.
Truman was involved in a variety of organizations which included being a member of the Masonic Lodge, Church World Service CROP Walks, and many organizations in the United Methodist Church. In addition, Truman, Marjorie, Ruth, Rachel, and Timothy enjoyed many camping vacations in tents and trailers to the Rocky Mountains, Snowy Range, and the Grand Tetons. The family enjoyed a vast array of games like Somerset, Rook, Rummy, Canasta, Carom, and Dominoes.
Truman enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes, corn, cabbage, mustard seed & poinsettias (!). He was an avid reader, especially as he prepared his sermons. He spent hours of biblical research expanding his understanding of Christian doctrine.
Truman Bachenberg is survived by his children Ruth (Andy) Lagerstrom of Nebraska City, Rachel Bachenberg of Kansas City area, Timothy (Brenda) Bachenberg of Rural Jackson County, Minnesota, his sister Irene Weiss of Liberty, Mo., nine grandchildren: Matthew, Emily, Theodore, Magdelyn, Justice, Abigail, Christian, Anna, and James, two great grandchildren: Camille and Luna. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive Truman.
He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sally Ann, and his brother Elmer Bachenberg.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the First United Methodist Church, 1023 First Avenue, Nebraska City, with visitation at the church at 1 p.m. A private service and inurnment at Lincoln Memorial Gardens will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.