Jim Hruza - January 20, 2013Jim Hruza, 77, formerly of Lincoln and Aurora, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Fairview Manor in Fairmont with his wife Barbara and daughter Laurel by his side and daughter, Emily and his grandchildren Skyped in.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Pastor Mary Scott will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made to Fairview Manor in Fairmont. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
James LeRoy Hruza, son of Frank Joseph and Elizabeth Elaine (Pallas) Hruza, was born in Raymond on Nov. 10, 1935.
He grew up in Lincoln, where he attended Yankee Hill School and Everett Junior High before graduating from Lincoln High School. Jim worked for Reddish Brothers in Lincoln before entering the U.S. Navy in January 1958 at San Diego, California. He served for four years during peace time and was honorably discharged in May 1962. Upon returning from the service Jim went into training for the Nebraska State Patrol.
On Sept. 1, 1965, he was united in marriage Barbara Louise Pike at Lincoln. Jim served for 27 years on the Nebraska State Patrol retiring in 1990. After retiring, Jim worked for the Hamilton County Ambulance and as a van driver for the Aurora 4-R School District.
Jim was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church, the Methodist Men’s Club, the Aurora Lodge #68 A.F. & A.M. and former member of the Aurora Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Leonard Hruza and a sister, Darlene Russell.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara Hruza of York; two daughters, Emily Andres of Harrington, Delaware and Laurel Hoage of Lincoln; four grandchildren, Sarah, Hannah, Noah and Samuel Andres of Alexandria, Va.; four sisters, Rose Abrahamson of Saugus, Calif., Betty Ann Busch of Lincoln, Georgia Hackworth of Seward and Pat Hruza of Lincoln; four brothers, Bill Hruza of Pamona, Calif., Bob (Beth) Hruza of Dayton, Wyo., Gene (Barbara) Hruza of Loveland, Colo. and John (Sandy) Hruza of Lincoln and many nieces and nephews.