Jim Varney and Custer Federal celebrate 45 years together

Staff Writer

"June 1, 1971 was when I was hired," Jim Varney, President and CEO of Custer Federal in Broken Bow said during a celebration reception at Custer Federal. "The Vietnam War was on. We all had draft numbers," Varney said. He explained that it was difficult to get a job because if you were drafted, the employer had to hold the job for you. He was fortunate, he said, and had not one but three offers. He chose Custer Federal.

His time with Custer Federal was celebrated with a reception the same week he was hired 45 years ago. Varney is preparing for retirement but that won't happen until the end of the year. Retirement plans include working on his ranch southeast of Broken Bow.

He says there is a flood of memories of the past 45 years and that it's been a lot of fun, too. “I sincerely believe that the people of Custer County and Central Nebraska are the best people in the world. They have character. They’re honest. They do what they say,” Varney said, adding that here, a handshake is still as good as a written contract.