The North Bend Eagle


 

Bamert named Father of the Year

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/13/12

North Bend’s Kurt Baumert has been named 2012 Father of the Year by the Christian Heritage organization. Baumert was nominated by his daughter Kelly in a essay competition. He will be honored at the sixth annual “Celebration of Fatherhood” luncheon to be held on June 14 in Lincoln.

Baumert familyKurt Baumert, left, stands with his family at daughter Ashley's 2010 wedding.

Kelly began her essay with a quote from scripture, “For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice...” [Genesis 18:19]

“As this verse so boldly depicts, becoming a father is not just serving as head of the household, but instead acting as a guide for family and friends in a loving, positive, and Christian way through the journey of life.”

Kelly continues the essay, giving credit to her parents for rasing four children, two of whom are college graduates with Kelly a senior and the youngest, Amy, starting college in the fall, with strong values. “They instilled in us the value of having priorities like regularly attending church and pursuing academic success, and encouraged us to make an effort to keep on track.”

Kelly also honors her dad for his strength following their mother’s death. “Just shy of a year ago, my mother was the victim of a fatal car accident. I’d like to forget the sirens, the phone calls, and the dreadful scenes from that day, but I’ll never forget the way my father responded to the misfortune, both short- and long-term. While the life and routine he had grown accustomed to suddenly vanished, he trudges forward for the sake of us kids.”

Kelly notes her dad’s involvement in the community and in his church, but says he always has time for family. “His schedule is chaotic, but he somehow manages to find time to take us out for family dinners or even treat us to ice cream. He pours all of his effort into finding normality in our lives, living in the pain, and finding within that pain the grace to survive and grow and enjoy the journey once again,”
In closing her essay Kelly writes, “Through every milestone, trial, and triumph, my father has proven to be the perfect icon for fatherhood.”

Kelly told her dad about the winning and gave him a copy of the essay when the family was in Lincoln. She asked him not to read it until he was home.

“I didn’t read it until about 1 a.m.,” Kurt Baumert said. “I was quite taken aback by what Kelly has written about me.”

Baumert said he is proud of Kelly and all his children.

“They make life easy,” Baumert said. “They are all supportive and I am appreciative of what they do for me.

Baumert will be inducted into the Fatherhood Hall of Fame at the luncheon. Runners-up who will also be inducted are Ron Walling of Alda; Dean Haidle of Callaway; Dirk Wagner of Columbus; Rick Erickson, Chad Kimball and Michael Synek of Kearney; Glen Tietz of McCook; Michael Kluthe of North Platte; and Byron Sharman of Sidney.

Men in the North Bend, Morse Bluff area who were runner-ups and have been inducted in the Fatherhood Hall of Fame include Jerry Hall in 2009 and Lon Bohling in 2007.

The Christian Heritage organization has been giving the Father of the Year Award since 2007. Christian Heritage is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization that runs group homes and does foster care placement in central Nebraska, Lincoln and Omaha.

In 2007 Nebraska was leading the nation in the number of children in foster care per capita. They did a study and found that a contributing reason was fatherlessness. Christian Heritage launched a Fatherhood Initiative to promote fathers involvement in their children’s lives. They teach fathering skills to men in jail and promote fatherhood in addition to the Father of the Year award. For more information go to their website: www.chne.org.

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