Roger Luthy - April 11, 2014Roger Luthy, age 77, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at Messiah Lutheran Church. Rev. Sheryl Kester Beyer and Rev. Jay Vetter will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 415 S 18th Street. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be donated at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Roger Lee Luthy, the son of Donald H. and Gladys (Vetter) Luthy, was born on Feb. 8, 1937 at Hastings and passed away in Aurora on April 11, 2014, at the age of 77.
Roger grew up on the family farm located east of Giltner until moving to Northeast of Aurora and finally in 1949 moved to the farm north of Murphy. While growing up he was active in 4-H and sports while in high school. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1955. Following graduation he went to work for Condon Irrigation and then the Aurora Co-op at the Murphy Elevator until he went into the Army on Sept. 6, 1960 until Sept. 7, 1962. While in the service Roger served as a Military Policeman. After his discharge from the Army, Roger returned home to Aurora, where he worked for Davis OK Tire until purchasing his own business of hauling milk cans for the Farmers Union Creamery in Aurora.
Roger was united in marriage to Berniece Rauert on April 5, 1964 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Following their marriage they lived on a farm west of Aurora before moving into Aurora in 1967. Roger continued to haul milk but switched to hauling bulk milk where he went into business with Dennie Nielsen. At one time they had a fleet of 8 trucks hauling milk. When the Creamery in Aurora closed they then hauled to Fullerton and finally Superior. In 1976, they moved to the family farm where he was raised and still lived. In 1977, he sold the milk hauling business and went into farming. During this time Roger also started driving a school bus for the Aurora 4-R Schools which he continued to do even after he retired from farming. He drove the bus 36 years until retiring due to health issues. He always had time for his children’s activities when they were involved in 4-H, scouts, band and other school activities which he drove the bus for a lot of times.
Roger was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Aurora Lions Club, Murphy Elevator coffee group, past member of the Phillips Lions Club, Platt-Duetsche Society, and the Saddle Club in Grand Island, and American Legion Post #42 in Aurora.
He enjoyed his family and grandsons very much. Roger loved spending time with them on the farm, driving tractors and 4-wheelers, attending their school activities, sports and music activities they are involved in. He enjoyed all the plays and singing performances that his son-in-law, Bill participated in. Playing cards in a card club for 50 years, camping and traveling with friends was a big highlight after retiring. Roger enjoyed serving as a host in the Ag Building for the Plainsman Museum.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Berniece of Phillips; son, Randall of Aurora; daughters, Rhonda (Douglas) Bithell of Omaha and Ranelle (William) Maltas of Lincoln; grandsons, Jared and Derek Bithell of Omaha, Ian and Zane Maltas of Lincoln; sister, Annette Wilson of Huntington Beach, Calif.; brother, Steven (Debbie) Luthy of Stockton, Calif.; brother-in-law, Glenn (Suzanne) Rauert of Aurora; five nieces and nephews and Uncle Donald Vetter of Marquette.
During his fight with MDS, Roger received numerous units of blood. Please save a life and donate to the American Red Cross.