Herbert VanHousen - November 14, 2012Herbert ‘Herbie’ F. VanHousen, 79, of Aurora, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel. Rev. Karl Larson will officiate.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Lincoln Creek Chapter of Pheasants Forever, in care of Don Rudy.
Herbert Ferdinand VanHousen, son of Herbert G. and Mary (Logan) VanHousen, was born in Hampton on May 24, 1933.
Herbert graduated from Aurora High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Herbert was united in marriage to Patricia Wood on July 6, 1957 in England. They returned to Aurora in 1958 to make their home. Herbie worked as a mechanic and became partners with Tom Newlun managing the Kelly and Sinclair Filling Stations in Aurora until 1973. He worked at Bonnavilla Homes for over 10 years doing warranty service work. In the late 1980s, Herbie worked for Kurtis Griess Farms in Sutton. For the last several years, he has worked at the Korner Bar in Hampton.
In his younger years Herbie enjoyed stock car racing, but he had a life-long love to hunt and fish.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, LaVonne Snyder and grandson, Johnathan VanHousen.
Survivors include his four children, Mark (Jana) VanHousen and Paul (Patty) VanHousen. all of Aurora, Timothy VanHousen and Anita VanHousen both of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandsons, Timothy and Joshua VanHousen both of Aurora. He is also survived by five sisters, Eleanor Strotman of Central City, Evelyn Bullard of Kalamazoo, Mich., Willie Mae Burton of Boise, Idaho, Mavis (Leo) Goertzen of Aurora and Mary Atherton of Dakin and numerous nieces and nephews.