Jon Hope - September 12, 2009

Jon Hope, 52, of Aurora died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Dr. F. Cole Fowler will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Aurora United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of the U.N.M.C. Eppley Cancer Center for Research or the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Jon Carl Hope, son of Robert A. and Evelyn L. (Damme) Hope, was born in Aurora on Sept. 25, 1956.
He grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School in 1975. He graduated from Southeast Community College at Milford in 1977 in home construction.
On Sept. 22, 1978 he married Terri Koozer in Aurora. Jon worked building custom homes for Fred Heiden of Hampton and Jim Holtzen of Aurora before joining the family business in 1978.
He was a Cub Scout leader, Boy Scout leader, Chamber member, Aurora Area Chamber and Development member, current president of Aurora Development Corporation, Aurora Planning Commission. He served on various church committees and was a 20-year member of the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department. He loved hunting, fishing and golfing.
Survivors include his wife Terri of Aurora; children, Justin and Meghan of Omaha, Jamie of Omaha, Jeremy and Lisa of Aurora and Joel of Aurora; granddogs, Ari and Beau; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lynn and Suzann Koozer of Aurora; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Doug and Sheri Koozer of Eagle; sister, Nancy (Dale) Sallans of Platte, S. D.; brother Alan Hope of Grand Island and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, Robert and Evelyn Hope; brother, Gordon Hope, and a stillborn brother.

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