Dean Schow: 1944-2014 |

Dean Schow: 1944-2014

Dean Schow


Dean Schow, 69, of rural Paxton, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the Ogallala Community Hospital after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Dean was born July 12, 1944, in Julesburg, Colo.,, the son of William and Ella (Swanson) Schow. He was raised and lived his entire life on the family farm south of Paxton. The 4-H program was a lifelong passion of Dean’s. He participated in ten years of 4-H livestock projects, served on the Keith Co. Judging team and was 4-H King in 1960.

He graduated from Paxton Consolidated Schools in 1962 and attended a Farm and Ranch Short Course at the University of Nebraska in the fall of 1962. At this time Dean continued farming with his father and also worked for Nebraska Public Power for a year and a half until he left for Basic Training with the Army National Guard. He served six years, receiving an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Head Quarters Platoon Sargent.

Over the years he has worked simultaneously at the Livestock Auctions at Chappell, North Platte, Gothenburg, Farmers & Ranchers in Ft. Collins, Colo.; Stockmens in Torrington, Wyo.; Ranchland in Wray, Colo; Ranchers & Farmers in Burlington, Colo.; Quality in Stratton, Colo.; Corman in Burlington, Colo.; as well as numerous bull sales, horse sales and 4-H livestock sales. For many years Dean sold machinery consignment auctions for Ward Brothers in Clovis, N.M., and Madden Brothers in Torrington, Wyo.

In 1978 Dean won a Regional title in the World Livestock Auctioneer contest in Marshall, MO. He followed that in 1979 with the Reserve World Livestock Auctioneer title competing in Brush, Colo. In 1980 Dean claimed the title of World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, competing in Templeton, Calif.

Dean served as an instructor at the Nebraska Auction School in Lincoln, Neb.,World-Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and an advanced livestock auctioneering course at the stockyards in South St. Paul, Minn.

When Dean married Leah J. Keep of Ogallala in March 1967 they became partners only in life but in business as well. Together they operated the family farm as well as Schow Auction Service. Kyle and Kevin serve as auctioneers and ringmen while Korey assists Leah with cashiering as well as clerking. In recent years Dean’s granddaughters and grandsons have assisted with auction as cashiers, clerks, and ringmen.

Dean was actively involved in the Nebraska Auctioneers Association, was a member of the Paxton United Methodist Church, Keith County Farm Bureau, Ogallala Elks Lodge, Nebraska and National Cattlemens Associations,Nebraska and National Auctioneer Associations, was a charter member of the Paxton Optimist Club. He served three consecutive terms on the Paxton Consolidated Schools Board of Education; Keith County 4-H Council; and four terms on the Keith County Fair Board.

Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Marlyce Bierman, father-in-law Bill Keep, and brother-in-law Bruce Keep.

Survivors include his wife Leah Schow and three sons: Kyle (Cheryl) Schow and their children Bailee and Ben; Kevin (Kim) Schow and their children Karlee, Kaden and Keegan; and Korey (Roxy) Schow and their children August and Ruby; all of Paxton; one sister Merilyn (Warren) Mizell of Westminster, Colo.; mother-in-law Jean Keep of Ogallala; and two brothers-in-law Gayle Bierma of Omaha and Rex (Carolyn) Keep of Vail, Colo. and two sisters-in-law Mikki (Mark) Lautenschlager of Longmont, Colo. and Lisa (Tad) Gray of Valley City, Ohio; their families and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials have been established for the benefit of the Paxton Schools Foundation and the Paxton United Methodist Church.

Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangments.

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