Dean, our company's founder, was born July 12, 1944, in Julesburg, Colorado, 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.
Dean Schow, 69, of rural Paxton, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the Ogallala Community Hospital after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
1944 - 2014
Korey was born August 6, 1975 to Dean William and Leah Jeannette (Keep) Schow at the Ogallala Community Hospital. He was joined at home by two older brothers, Kyle and Kevin. Korey lived with his parents on a farm south of Paxton and attended school at Paxton Consolidated Schools from kindergarten through high school, where he graduated valedictorian of the class of 1994.
At a young age Korey began working in the family auction business as well as helping with all manner of activities associated with the farm. He was active in 4H, sports and band. Korey attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and majored in Agribusiness and Technology with a minor in Economics, graduating in 1998. During college, he worked in Shelton at Continental Grain. Upon graduating, he came home to work on the family farm. Soon after, he began work at The Bank of Keystone as a loan officer. In July of 2002, he completed the Nebraska Kansas Schools of Banking in Grand Island.
On September 14, 2002, Korey married his best friend, Roxy Lynn McCoy. Together they created a home in Paxton and were happily blessed with two children, August McCoy and Ruby Eva. Korey considered his family to be his greatest treasure and his children were his constant source of pride. Korey was chosen to be part of the Nebraska LEAD Group XXIII, 2004/05. He traveled across Nebraska, to Washington DC and China as part of their agricultural leadership training.
As Korey worked at The Bank of Keystone, he quickly ascended through the ranks of vice-president, president and CEO, the position he held at the time of his death. He was a valuable asset to the bank and a vital part of its success. Korey was chairman-elect of the Nebraska Independent Community Bankers executive committee, an organization he strongly supported. He also served on the education committee for the Nebraska Kansas Schools of Banking. In 2013, Korey was selected as a Rising Star in Banking by Northwestern Financial Review Magazine. He was one of four recipients from the upper Midwest states region. It was an honor that duly represented his diligence and dedication to keeping alive small, independently-owned banks. He had a special place in his heart for the great customers and hard-working folks of the surrounding area and the Sandhills. Korey always found time to continue working with his family’s auction business, Schow Auction Service, as clerk, cashier and tech coordinator.
Because of his talent with technology, Schow Auction Service was one of the first auction companies to use computers for clerking. He held a Nebraska real estate license and joined forces with his brother, Kyle, at Schow Realty, Inc. when needed and maintained the business’s website. Korey was a member of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association and served as a member of the board. Korey was a gifted man who was always willing to share his talents with others.
Korey Brandon Schow, 39, of Paxton, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant.