Obituaries

Wed
26
Nov

Roger Colburn

Roger Colburn, 69, of Campbell, died November 23, 2014 at his home in Campbell, with family at his side. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 29, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Giltner, with Father Marneni officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at the Catholic Cemetery in Giltner with military honors provided by the Aurora American Legion. There will be no visitation.
Roger was born November 8, 1945 in Grand Island, to Fay and Helen (Preissler) Colburn. He was raised on a farm near Giltner and graduated from the Giltner High School in 1964. Roger enlisted in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1967. Roger lived in Colorado for 35 years where he was employed as a truck driver and did home repairs. During that time he married Kathy Lee Tilton. She passed away in 2007. In 2008, Roger met his companion, Nancy Gray. Upon his retirement in 2009, he and Nancy made their home in Campbell.

Mon
24
Nov

Shirley A. Wittulski

Shirley A. Wittulski, 71, of Hordville, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at her home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 26 at 10 a.m. at Wagner Funeral Home in Central City with Reverend Luke Haidle officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday, November 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at a later date.
Shirley was born on May 4, 1943 to Joseph and Alice (Koza) Sabata in David City.  She grew up and attended school in the David City area.  
She married Donald “Woody” Wittulski on May 6, 1961 in San Bernardino, CA.  The couple lived in various places including Florida, David City, and finally moving to Hordville, in 1996.  Shirley did various jobs but most importantly helping her husband run their business “Woody’s Barbeque”.
Shirley enjoyed flowers and making and collecting jewelry.  She also enjoyed watching the gem channel.

Wed
19
Nov

Ted Norman

Ted Norman, age 75, of Giltner, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 22 at the United Methodist Church in Giltner.  Rev. Mahlon Richardson will officiate.  No Visitation.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at higbymortuary.com.
 Warren ‘Ted’ Norman, the son of Willie T. and Mabel (Nissen) Norman was born at Wausa, on March 10, 1939 and passed away on November 18, 2014 at Aurora.
 He grew up at Wausa.  Ted lived in Lincoln for a short time, where he worked at Ford Van Lines.   He also lived in Grand Island for a time before moving to Giltner.  During this time Ted worked for 3-D in Doniphan for many years and then was employed by MFS/York/Stromer in Grand Island since 2000.

Thu
13
Nov

Judith (Judy) Moore

Judith (Judy) Moore, age 67, of Marquette, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at Memorial Community Care in Aurora.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 15 at the United Methodist Church in Central City.  Rev. Tess Hufford will officiate. Interment will be in Burke Cemetery north of Central City.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday at the United Methodist Church, 2601 18 Avenue, Central City.  Memorials may be made in care of the family.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.   Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Judith (Judy) Lee Moore, the daughter of Albert Ray and Gladys (Nelsen) Grigsby, was born in Aurora, on December 15, 1946 and passed away in Aurora, on November 12, 2014, at the age of 67.

Fri
07
Nov

Donald Strotman

Donald Strotman, age 86, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014, at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora.  Fr. Dhan Raj Marneni will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Rosary at 7 p.m.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Donald S. Strotman, the son of Joseph A. and Frances M. (Orendorff) Strotman, Sr. was born in Aurora, on August 11, 1928, and passed away in Grand Island, on November 6, 2014, at the age of 86.

Thu
06
Nov

Bessie (Betty) Christenson

Bessie (Betty) Christenson, age 101, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at Memorial Community Care.
 Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 10 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora.  Rev. Ron Harris will officiate.  Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
 Bessie (Betty) Patience Christenson, the daughter of Fred Walter and Carrie Diana (Perrin) Schmidt, was born in Logan, Iowa on December 12, 1912 and passed away in Aurora, on November 5, 2014, at the age of 101.

Tue
04
Nov

DeLysle K. "DK" Meyers

DeLysle K. “DK” Meyers, Jr., 86, passed from this world on Sunday, November 1, 2014 at CHI Saints Francis Medical Center.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island with Reverend Michael Reiners officiating.  Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Hampton, officiated by Reverend Loren Cooper.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at All Faiths Funeral Home.
DK was born September 19, 1928 at Holmesville, to DeLysle Sr. and  Bertha (Bowles) Meyers.
Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 65 years, Delores; children, Joyce (Dennis) Senff of Hampton, Diane Sackschewsky of Thayer and Carol Nuss of Kansas City, MO; daughter-in-law, Dottie Meyers-Zirnig of Ravenna; sister, Jeanette Graf of Wymore; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Tue
04
Nov

Brent L. Wadell

Brent L. Wadell, age 46, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014 after a motor vehicle accident.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 7 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Aurora.  Pastor Karl Larson will officiate.  No Visitation.  Private family inurnment will be held at the Aurora Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be made to his children’s education fund or the Evangelical Covenant Church.  Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

Tue
04
Nov

LeRoy Eugene Ott Sr.

LeRoy Eugene Ott Sr., age 70, of York, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Lincoln.  He was born April 2, 1944 in Stromsburg, to Reuben and Hazel (Ryder) Ott.   He was a graduate of Giltner High School and later married Irva Jean Kendall on August 9, 1963 at Giltner.   At a young age, LeRoy worked with his father as a carpenter and later in life retired from Champion Homes.  He enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren’s activities and fishing trips with his family.
LeRoy is survived by his wife Irva Jean of York; sons, LeRoy (Karla) Ott Jr. and Todd Ott, all of York; grandchildren:  Jocelyn, Kami, Dillon, Henry, Nathan, Bailey, and Ryleigh; and great-granddaughter, Londyn.
Also surviving are two sisters, Betty (Chuck) Schmidt of Grand Island, and Billie Foulk of Giltner; one brother, Gary Ott of Giltner; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Kristi Renee.

Mon
03
Nov

Stephen George Vander Tuig

Stephen George Vander Tuig, age 63, passed away in his home in Hampton, on October 30, 2014, weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 5 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora.  Bishop Brian Maas will preach with Pastors Sheryl and Chris Kester Beyer officiating.  A family service for the inurnment will be held later in the day at Aurora Cemetery.  Family will greet friends at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora on Tuesday, November 4 from 5-7 p.m.  Steve’s wish was to donate his body for MS research.  Other memorials will be directed to a scholarship fund for students entering the ministry.  Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

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