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Larry Collingham

Larry Collingham, age 64, of Aurora, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016 at his home.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 12th at the Messiah Lutheran Church. Rev. Howard Rasmussen and Pastor Jim Garfield will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. No Visitation. 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.


Larry Francis Collingham, Sr., the son of Orion and Mary Frances (Schafer) Collingham, was born in Aurora, Nebraska on October 28, 1951 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on March 4, 2016, at the age of 64.

Larry grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served one tour in Vietnam. Larry then went to boot camp and for 22 years served in the Army National Guard in the 24th Med Unit out of Lincoln. Larry served in the Persian Gulf War in Desert Storm in 1990 for one year.

Larry was united in marriage to Vicki Maw on March 24, 1974. Larry was part owner of Collingham Construction in Aurora until he sold his interest and went overseas to serve his country in the Persian Gulf War. Following his discharge he started driving truck in 1998.

Larry was a member of Lester S. Harter Post #42 Aurora American Legion and the Aurora American Legion Riders of Post #42. He enjoyed playing in many bands, singing, playing guitar and karaoke. Larry loved people and especially enjoyed spending time with his family. His favorite holidays were Halloween and Christmas as he put out many decorations. Larry loved the Nebraska Cornhuskers Football.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Vicki of Aurora; 3 children, Larry (Tamra) Collingham, Jr. of Lamar, MO, Nate Collingham of Aurora and Kari (Povl) Pacaj of Central City; 13 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; father, Orion "Sarge" Collingham of Aurora. He is also survived by his siblings, Connie Cranston of Stockham, Tom (Joyce) Collingham of Aurora, Karen (Denny) Johnson of Polk and Keith (Bev) Collingham of Aurora; and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

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