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Nathan Rosentrater

March 1, 1983 — September 21, 2022

Nathan Rosentrater age 39 of Arnold, NE passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2022, due to an auto accident.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Arnold Funeral Home in Arnold, then a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 10:00 am at the Arnold Community Center in Arnold, NE. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Arnold are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Nathan Allen Rosentrater “Rosy”, was born in Callaway, Nebraska, on March 1, 1983, to Paula (Villarreal) DeLaune and Timothy Rosentrater.  Nathan was the middle child and only brother to Amanda Rosentrater and Allison (Rosentrater) Goodenow.  

He grew up in Arnold Nebraska for the majority of his life.  Nate attended preschool and part of his Kindergarten year in Gothenburg, Nebraska.  Half way through his Kindergarten year the Rosentrater family moved back to Arnold, Nebraska, where Nate then joined his graduating class. He attended Arnold Public Schools from the middle of Kindergarten  through the end of his Eighth Grade year.  Throughout his Elementary and Middle School career, Nate enjoyed being a part of the cub scouts and boy scout troops, little league baseball, federation wrestling, fishing, hunting, hanging out with friends, and participating in middle school sports.  During the start of Nate’s Freshman year of High School, he moved to the jungles of Venezuela with his family, while they performed missionary work. 

Upon Nate’s return to Arnold, Nebraska in 1999, he rejoined his class and finished his High School career, graduating from Arnold Public Schools in 2001.  During Nate’s last couple of years in high school, he excelled in sports, receiving multiple athletic scholarships and awards, furthering his sports career at the collegiate level.  Nate attended Morning Side College where he participated in football.  During his time at Morning Side, Nate suffered from a life changing injury that prevented him from moving forward at the collegiate level. Nate then moved to Kearney, Nebraska in 2002, where he attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney for a short period of time.  

During Nate’s years living in Kearney, Nebraska, he worked at Cash-Wa Distributing and lived with some of his close friends.  In 2007, Nate and a few of his friends jumped into a van and made the life changing decision to move to the state of Washington.  During his time in Washington, Nate worked a number of jobs, bartending being one of his favorites. Nate met Jennifer (Schaler) Rosentrater and her two beautiful children, Ashley and Collin Tarbutton. Nate and Jen got married in 2009, welcoming their son, Cooper Allen Rosentrater, in May of 2010.   Nate loved nothing more than being a father to his children.  

Nate continued to live in Washington until the year of 2020. During Nate’s life in Washington he made great friends, had his highs and lows and spent time with his kids. Although he and Jen chose to go their separate ways, they co-parented in ways that benefited their children and showed continued love for one another. In the beginning of 2020, Nate made the decision to move back home to Arnold, Nebraska, to work on himself, build himself back up, and to focus on getting back to the best version of himself, for his kids, family and friends.  Nate worked at Country Partners, Grazers, South Loup Lawn Care, and was most recently employed at BD in Broken Bow, Nebraska.  He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, shooting pool, kayaking, and spending time with his dogs, Rosie and Palmer.  

Anyone who knew Nate, knew that he was one of the greatest human beings in this world.  He was so giving and forgiving, caring, and loving.  He saw the best in everyone no matter what demons they had or struggles they were going through.  Nate was the life of the party, always smiling, cracking jokes, and giving everyone a hard time.  There was never a dull moment with that man around.  From the jokes, to the big hugs and the middle finger flipping’s to the long nightly talks that he was always up to have, with whoever needed them, he was just always simply, unapologetically, Nate.  Nate made his presence known no matter where he was, and he would never leave without making sure you knew he loved you.  Nate used all of his life experiences and struggles to help others and to be that rock for people to lean on and look at for guidance. He made friends everywhere he went and made everyone feel so important and loved.  In Nate’s short life, he survived so many battles.  No matter what battle he was going through, he always leaned on the man upstairs for guidance, support and forgiveness.  Nate asked Jesus into his heart at a very young age.  It gives our hearts peace knowing he is up in Heaven watching down on all of us.  Protecting everyone he loves.  

Nate is preceded in death by grandparents, Lavern and Wanda Rosentrater, Federico Villarreal, and Albeza and Nicholas Vallejo, step Grandmother JoAnn Beatty.  Niece, Hope Goodenow and extended family and friends, all of whom are rejoicing and welcomed Rosy with open arms as he walked through the gates of heaven. 

Nate is survived by his children, Cooper Rosentrater, Ashley (Tarbutton) Gant, and Collin Tarbutton, of Washington State.  Mother, Paula (Doug) DeLaune of Arnold, Nebraska and step siblings.  Father, Timothy (Janet) Rosentrater of Callaway Nebraska and step siblings. Sister, Amanda Rosentrater (Fiancé Jeremy Barrett) niece and nephew, Layla Rivera and Atlas Barrett, all of Kearney, Nebraska.  Sister, Allison (Kenny) Goodenow, niece and nephews, Bo Bennett, Oliana and Kenny Goodenow IV, all of Arnold Nebraska.  Step Grandmother, Clara DeLaune of Godley Texas, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.  

Although his absence leaves us all with an emptiness in our hearts, Nate would want everyone to remember that there are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains. 


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