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Orlo Carriker

Orlo Carriker, age 86, of Aurora, formerly of Phillips, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Select Specialty Hospital in Lincoln.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 P.M. Wednesday, July 1st at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. A Private Family Funeral Services will be held. A Public Graveside Service will be at 10:45 A.M., Thursday, July 2nd at the Phillips Cemetery. Current CDC guidelines will be followed. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Orlo D. Carriker, the son of LeRoy Strawn and Erma Katherine (Keller) Carriker, was born at Harvard, Nebraska, on January 27, 1934, and passed away at Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 27, 2020, at the age of 86.

Orlo attended Rural District 68 near Harvard and graduated from Harvard High School in 1952. He worked on the family farm near Harvard.

On June 23, 1956, he was united in marriage to Arlene E. Stark. One month later, Orlo was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War. He served for two years, being honorably discharged in July of 1958. They had five children: Dale, Julie, Alan, JoAnn and Daniel. Orlo owned Carriker Garage in Phillips and then went to work at Bonnavilla Homes for 30 plus years as an electrician and welder. Orlo and Arlene had just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Orlo was a member of the Phillips United Methodist Church, where he served as a board member. He also was a member of the Phillips Fire Dept, Phillips Town Board and was a Boy Scout leader. Orlo enjoyed bowling, horseshoe pitching, fishing and camping, and watching Cornhusker Football. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ruth Thayer, Bernice Worthey, Alta Rauscher and Laura Dana and three brothers, Marvin, Wayne and Dean Carriker.

Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife, Arlene Carriker of Aurora; 5 children, Dale (Carolyn) of Hastings, Julie (John, Jr.) Briseno of Phillips, Alan (Patty) Carriker of Phillips, JoAnn (Carroll) Smith of Phillips and Daniel Carriker of Overland Park, Kansas; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

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