Gerald (Spec) Aufdengarten
July 25, 1920-March 22, 1966
Spec was an NSRA cowboy until his death in 1966. At the time of his death, he went to all NSRA rodeos competing in bulldogging and team roping. He was a state champion team roper with his partner Duane Wilson. In his younger days, he roped calves and owned and trained a great rope horse named Ress, which many cowboys rode and won a lot of money on.
Spec won numerous buckles from various rodeos and the year-end Nebraska State Rodeo Association, as well as a saddle for the year end team-tying. Back then, it was “hard and fast” and no dally. Spec put together a fine string of Quarter horse mares and paint horses, too. He was a Director of Team Roping and Bull Dogging for the NSRA during his rodeo career.
Spec’s family now includes three children and twelve grandkids. He would have been happy that his kids and grandkids carried on with his “cowboy ways.” Grandsons Wyatt and Matthew Simpson are the latest to carry on his love for team roping and bulldogging during their high school rodeo careers. His great grandkids Tallyn and Ellery Jett Simpson are now competing in NJHRSA and kids’ rodeos, carrying on the fourth generation of cowboys.
Spec valued his friendships and some of his closest friends were Duane Wilson, Aub Lord, Jim Bixby, Freddie Johnston, Waldo Haythorn, Bob Burgess, Harrison Halligan, Larry Long, Roy O’Mara, and Bob Whitlock.