Building the Team in Wood River

Wilbur J. “Mac” McCumber joined The Bank of Wood River in 1954 and he and his wife, Bernie, moved to Wood River. After a Navy stint and graduation from Hastings College, Wilbur had gone to work for the Overland National Bank in Grand Island. Chick was successful in recruiting Mac to Wood River to join the management team. Wilbur was instrumental in the growth of the bank, insurance and realty businesses in Wood River, as well as in the development of the Wood River School District. He retired in 1992; he and his family remain active as shareholders of the Heritage Group to this day.

Lew Welch, Special Agent for Hartford Insurance Co. in Allentown PA accepted a position with the Bank of Wood River and its insurance agent in May of 1958 to support the growth in Wood River. He had formerly worked out of Hartford’s North Platte office and called on the Wood River Agency. Lew, Sunny and their six children purchased a home in Wood River sight unseen, and proceeded to add five more children to their family over the years. After 35 years of devoted service, Lew retired to pursue his hobbies, but the Welch family still continues to be shareholders of Heritage Group.

Chick led the company until his semi-retirement in 2000, at which time Chick became Chairman Emeritus and the Board elected Sam Moyer as Chairman & CEO of the overall company. William E. Luehr served as President of Heritage Bank Wood River from 2000 to 2008, and retired from managing Heritage Insurance and HGI Realty on 12/31/10. James E. Rennau took over as President of Heritage Bank in 2008 after 21 years with the company. Rick Klamm serves as Executive Vice President of Heritage Insurance with assistance from Kristy Schleeman, Agent. Sara Arnett rounds out the team of Wood River Relationship Managers working both for the bank and the insurance agency.  Penny Volf became a full-time realtor for HGI Realty in 2014 and has a large following already.


The Heritage Story
Then and Now
Chick Moyer: The Early Years
Chick’s War Years
Chick Moyer: College & First Career
Wood River: The Value of Friendship
From Steel Country to Corn Country
Building the Team in Wood River
The Stromsburg Opportunity
Opportunity in Aurora
Heading North to Neligh
Growing into Grand Island
Three Became One
City National Bank in Hastings
Kearney Completes Tri-City Operations
Acquisition of Sherman County and Howard County Bank
Heading Northwest into the Sandhills
Peoples-Webster County Bank Acquisition
Leading the Company Forward
$100 Million Reasons to Invest with Heritage Bank
Technology’s Influence on the Industry
More Than Just a Bank
“The Best is Yet to Come”