Gilbert Larson Citizen of the Year

The Curtis Memorial Community Center Banquet was held last Friday, June 6th. Shown above l-r is Mayor Kevin Brown presenting the Citizen of the Year Award to Gilbert Larson.  Photo by Amber Hickert

The Annual Curtis Memorial Community Center Banquet was held Friday, June 6th at the Community Center. Gilbert Larson was awarded the Citizen of the Year and a large contingent of his family was there to surprise him as his name was announced.

Mayor of Curtis Kevin Brown  read of all the great deeds that Gilbert had done throughout the community.

Success isn’t about what you inspire others to do, and our honoree tonight has definitely inspired many to give back as well as be the very best they can be.

 Gilbert has hired many young people to work for him in the farming business and also in other endeavors he has made in our community.

He is one of the very first to step up when things need to be done. Gilbert has served on many boards, such as school board member, Rotary member and past president, NCTA advisory board, Medicine Valley Economic Development Corp., United Methodist church choir and many church offices, Chamber of Commerce, Fall Festival Committees for years, Teammate Mentor, and he served his country in the Army National Guard 4 years active and 3 years reserve, he has sung in the Easter Pageant Choir for many years, is a member of the American Legion and has served as an officer in that organization. He was awarded farmer of the year and presented this award by Governor Franklin Morrison of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Gilbert has been a big part of the growth of our community by the many business endeavors he has undertaken and helped our city grow. He has been a farmer-rancher, sales of butler buildings and irrigation products, he built our mall which holds seven businesses along with the post office and added the car wash across the street and all of these have been a great addition to our community. He is currently the Vice President of First Central Bank Loan Production Office in the mall. He used to love to fly and now he has traded that into making golf balls fly. We all make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give and this gentleman has definitely given much of his life to others.



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