Robert Holloway - January 05, 2011Robert Holloway, 67, of Aurora, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Bryan/LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 8 at the First Christian Church in Aurora. Rev. Sam Fox will officiate. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Robert Ernest Holloway, son of Roy W. and Valetta G. (Marvel) Holloway, was born in Aurora on Oct. 8, 1943.
He grew up in Hamilton County area on a farm south of Aurora, graduating from Aurora High School in 1962. In May 1964, their home was destroyed by a tornado causing the family to move to town.
Bob married Karen Perry on May 16, 1964 at the First Christian Church in Aurora. They lived on a farm by Murphy, then to a farm on the Giltner Spur and then to a farm by Phillips, where they developed a large and successful hog operation. Before their hog operation supported them, Bob worked at Red and White Grocery Store, the Phillips 66 Station and Stuckey’s. In 1990, they moved into Aurora.
Bob had several friends in the law enforcement field which led him to be one of the first members of the Reserve Deputies of Hamilton County. He then attended the Law Enforcement Training Center at the age of 45 to become a certified law enforcement officer. He served under Kirk Handrup as his chief deputy for 20 years until his retirement in 2009.
Bob was a member of the First Christian Church in Aurora, where he served as deacon; a 4-H Leader for 25 years, receiving their Alumni Pin; past member of the Hamilton County Fair Board, where he served nine years; past member of 4-H Council, where he served as president for two terms; past member of the Hamilton County Extension Board; co-sponsored Canadian 4-H exchange trip in 1972; member of Hamilton County Pork Producers; past President Pork Producers; served as Hamilton County Fair superintendent of FFA and open class, also spent many years judging this competition; founder of the Hamilton County Junior Pork Producers; past member of the Advisory Committee for Central Nebraska Tech Community College; member of Aurora Jaycees, where he was candidate for Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year in 1986 and was awarded first runner-up in the state.
Bob was one of the first to participate in the Hamilton County Demolition Derby as car number 11. He used his personal bobcat to develop the track and clear the cars. He became known as “Buckin Bob.”
During his retirement he enjoyed attending fishing tournaments with his brother, Wilbur, and camping and fishing with his family. He especially liked spending time on the farm helping Stacey.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Aurora; son, Troy Holloway of Aurora; son, Stacey (Stephanie) Holloway of Phillips; daughter, Candy (Brad) Dembowski of Doniphan; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, William (Betty) Holloway of Grand Island and Wilbur (Joyce) Holloway of Alma; two sisters, Myrtle (Melvin) Hinrichs of Omaha and Mamie (Jerry) Salmon of Geneva and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.