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Richard Nuss

Richard Nuss, age 82, of Grand Island, formerly of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Bickford Cottage in Grand Island.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 P.M. Tuesday, January 24th at Higby-McQuiston Chapel. Rev. Mike Reiners will officiate. Interment will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 P.M. Monday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Richard Lee Nuss, the son of Fred and Lucy (Bird) Nuss, was born at Aurora, Nebraska, on March 14, 1934, and passed away at Grand Island, Nebraska, on January 18, 2017, at the age of 82.

He grew up in Aurora, where he attended school. Richard served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. He served at Air Force bases in Texas & Louisiana before being honorably discharged and returning to Aurora.

On December 18, 1955, he was united in marriage to Virginia Driewer. Together they owned, Mitchell’s Café in Aurora from 1970 to 1975. Richard became a Deputy Sheriff for Hamilton County in 1975 and was promoted to Chief Deputy Sheriff and Corrections Director in 1983. Richard retired from Hamilton County in 1988. He became a Police Officer for Central City for many years before retiring. Richard continued to do some security work until his health prevented him. Richard and Virginia had just celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Richard attended Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island. He had served as a volunteer Fire Chief in Aurora. He belonged to Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #4993 at Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Suzzanne Paulman, Dorothy Melhorn and Arlene Paustian and three brothers, Lawrence “Larry” Nuss, Donald Nuss and Gerald ‘Cheb” Nuss.

Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife Virginia of Grand Island; daughter, Jane (Don) Droud, Jr. of Lincoln; son, Jeff Nuss of Burbank, California; 5 grandchildren, Micala Nuss of New York, New York, Cody Nuss of Mountain View, California, Makenzie Nuss of Burbank, California, Dominic and Derrick Hughes of Lincoln; brother, Robert (Bobby) Dean Nuss of Lexington, Kentucky; sister-in-law, Pat Nuss of Aurora and other family members and friends.

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