PLATTSMOUTH – Keith Roby’s community involvement in Plattsmouth dates back over 40 years.
He was recognized for his long service to Cass County at a special ceremony at the Plattsmouth Harvest Festival.
Plattsmouth Harvest Festival President Nancy Johnson presented Roby with an award in the shape of a crystal globe. Roby stood on the stage at Plattsmouth Entertainment Plaza, preparing to serve as the PA announcer for that evening’s parade. Johnson came with a microphone and spoke to the audience about Roby’s price.
“You totally took me by surprise,” Roby said. “I appreciate that very much.”
Johnson said Plattsmouth Harvest Festival organizers wanted to honor Roby for his many years of service with the festival. It was named Plattsmouth Harvest Festival King in 1994 and heralded dozens of parades along Main Street. He also participated in many event planning committees.
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Roby earned a Diploma in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He has been a licensed funeral director in Nebraska since 1974 and moved to Plattsmouth in 1976. He began his career as the manager of Caldwell Funeral Home and became the principal owner of Roby Funeral Home in 1982.
Roby is a long-time member of the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund. He planned the organization’s annual awards banquet and presented honors to recipients. He served on the organization’s fund advisory board for many years and served as chairman of the board. The committee received an award for its work from the Nebraska Community Foundation in 2013.
Roby participates in the Rotary Club of Plattsmouth and attends numerous club meetings each week. He has also been active with the Plattsmouth Lions Club, Plattsmouth Conservancy, Plattsmouth Jaycees, Plattsmouth Housing Authority and Nebraska Funeral Directors Association.
Roby previously served on the Plattsmouth Manor Advisory Board and the Plattsmouth Nutrition Center Board of Directors. He was president of the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce and was a volunteer leader with the local Boy Scouts of America.
Roby has served on several committees at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth. He was also an usher, bearer of gifts and reader during religious services.
“Thank you Keith,” Johnson said. “We appreciate everything you have done for our community.”