Wilferd J. Braun, age 89, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Memorial Community Care. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 25 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Rev. Andrea Wall will officiate. Private Family interment will be in the Bethesda Cemetery in Henderson at 9:15 a.m. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Wilferd J. Braun, the son of Isaac and Emma (Peters) Braun, was born on a farm west of Henderson, on October 26, 1926 and passed away in Aurora, on November 22, 2015, at the age of 89. He grew up on a family farm and graduated from Hampton High School Class of 1944.
Loren Hunnicutt, age 94, of Grand Island, formerly of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Primrose Retirement Center in Grand Island. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 21 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Aurora. Revs. Karl Larson and Paul Nauman will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made in care of the family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Loren Elton Hunnicutt, the son of Otto Clifton and Bessie May (Detamore) Hunnicutt, was born at Giltner, on January 1, 1921 and passed away in Grand Island, on November 18, 2015, at the age of 94.
Charles Butler, 90, of Grand Island, formerly of Aurora, died Saturday, November 14, 2015. To honor Charles’ wishes cremation has taken place. Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island. Military honors will be rendered by the US Navy and Grand Island Veterans Honor Guard. Reverend Mark Dunham will officiate. Charles was born March 17, 1925 in Phillips, to Charles and Elva (Walker) Butler. He grew up and attended school in Aurora, graduating from Aurora High School. Charles entered the United States Navy as a Seabee (Member of the United States Naval Construction Forces) on July 5, 1943. He was honorably discharged February 4, 1946, after serving tours of duty in New Guinea and the Philippines during WWII.
James Topham, age 78, of Harvard, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015, at Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at Aurora Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harvard Rest Haven or the American Legion Post #61 of Sutton. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. James Harold Topham, the son of Fredrick and Minnie (Wright) Topham, was born at Giltner, on July 7, 1937 and passed away at Harvard, on November 13, 2015, at the age of 78. Jim grew up in Aurora and attended Aurora Public Schools. He served his country in the United States Navy from January of 1956 until September of 1957.
Jordyn Brown, age 19, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015, at her home following an illness. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Burial will be at the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. The family asks that you wear purple to the service since that was Jordyn’s favorite color. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jordyn Brown Benefit Fund at any Cornerstone Bank. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Jordyn Chantelle Brown, the daughter of Tera Smith was born in York, on April 12, 1996 and passed away in Aurora, on November 14, 2015, at the age of 19. Jordyn grew up in Aurora and attended the Aurora Public Schools.
Mary Elizabeth Conroy, age 70, of Bella Vista, Ark. passed away Tuesday, November 10 at her home. Mrs. Conroy was born in Wood River, Nebraska on October 19, 1945 to Roy and Wanda Robinson Hofrichter who preceded her in death. She was a retired Human Resource Manager. She is survived by her husband, Max Conroy; one son, Max and his wife, Maria Conroy; one daughter, Mindy and her husband Joel Salts; seven grandchildren, Chloe, Noah, Layney, Gabriel, Brynley, Aurora and Vivian. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. at the Village Bible Church, 1591 Forrest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark. The family will be at their home, #1 Belvoir Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715. Arrangements are under the direction of Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home, Rogers, AR.
Michael J. Potter was born Nov 28, 1949 and passed away Nov 8, 2015. He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Marjorie Potter; sisters, Margie and Penelope. Survived by wife, Debra; son, Ryan and wife Vanessa; grandchildren, Natalie and Luke; brother, Gordon (Kathy); nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 13 at 4 p.m. at Brookside Church, 11607 “M” Circle in Omaha. Memorials may be directed to the family. Arrangements by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, 7805 W. Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124, 402-391-3900, www.heafeyheafey.com
Former Hastings resident, Mark A. Williams, 52, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015 at CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island. Services will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at North Shore Assembly of God, Hastings with Pastor Rod Armon officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Mark A. Williams Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date. Visitation will be Monday, November 9, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. with the family present at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Wayne Jackson, age 85, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at CHI Health-St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 7 at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Rev. Ron Harris will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Wayne Wessley Jackson, the son of Elmer Earl and Bertha Ellen (Etherton) Jackson, was born at Almena, Kansas on March 30, 1930 and passed away in Grand Island, on November 3, 2015 at the age of 85.
Bonita K. “Bonnie” Hower, age 68 of Bradshaw, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at York. She was born in York on March 12, 1947 to Leroy and Esther (Helton) Hower. Bonnie worked for many years as a medical transcriptionist at the Aurora Medical Clinic. She loved poetry and was a member of the American Poets Fellowship Society. She enjoyed reading, watching television, gardening and caring for her cats.
Bonnie is survived by nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Geneva Public Cemetery with the Reverend Mary Scott officiating. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary in York. Memorials may be directed to Adopt-A-Pet in York. Metz Mortuary, York, NE is handling arrangements. www.metzmortury.com.