James Novotne - April 10, 2013James Novotne, 74, of Columbus, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Columbus Community Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 1565 18th Ave., Columbus.
Vigil will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the church and also 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be All Saints Cemetery, Columbus, with military honors.
James Novotne was born Oct. 22, 1938 in Gibbon to Emil and Anna (Kriha) Novotne. He graduated from Shelton High School in 1952. He attended Kearney State College before enlisting in the Air Force. He served from 1961-1965 as a security analyst. Upon his discharge he returned to college and graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1966.
He married Mary Vanderheiden on Aug. 20, 1966, at St. Marys Cathedral in Grand Island. He worked for Ford Motor Corporation at their world headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., for nine years. He then served as the president of Beef Industrial Foundation in Gibbon, director of marketing for Century Manufacturing in Aurora for 16 years and vice president of domestic and international sales for Arjo in Chicago. In 1994 James and Mary moved to Columbus where he founded Mastercare Patient Equipment.
He was an active member of St. Bonaventure Church where he served in many capacities, member of Knights of Columbus, men’s choir, Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Business School Alumni and an avid Husker fan.
James is survived by his wife, Mary of Columbus; son, Erik of Omaha; daughter, Cassandra (fiance Don Zywiec) of Omaha and Beethoven; sister, Patricia Filbin of Wood River.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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