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Michael J. Heckenlively

Michael J. Heckenlively, age 51, of Aurora, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 3rd at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. Inurnment will be at Fairfield Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m. on Sunday at United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street, Aurora. Current CDC guidelines will be followed and masks will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Michael Joseph Heckenlively, the son of Joseph and Charlene (Bortis) Heckenlively, was born in Stratton, Nebraska on February 6, 1969 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on July 30, 2020, at the age of 51.

Mike grew up in Kenesaw and attended Kenesaw Public Schools. He received his Master's in Counseling from UNK. Mike worked as a drafter at Chief Industries, a counselor at Mid Plains and a Mental Health Practioner for his own practice, S.O.S. Counseling in Aurora.

Mike was married to the love of his life, Roslyn Mills on September 13, 1997 at the United Methodist Church in Hastings. They had one daughter, Briana. They had a special dad & daughter bond. Briana loved her father and idolized her father.

Mike loved spending time with his family. He loved camping, fishing, reading and Nebraska Football.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Darell & Dorothy Bortis; paternal grandparents, Ralph & Alma Heckenlively; uncles, Larry 'Red' Heckenlively and Danny Bortis and aunt, Sanie Davis.

Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife, Roslyn of Aurora; daughter, Briana of Aurora; brother, John (Gretchin) Heckenlively of Gretna; sister, Lia (Craig) Heckert of Neligh; parents, Joseph & Charlene Heckenlively of Hastings; nephew, Mason Heckenlively of Gretna; nieces, Elle Heckenlively of Gretna, Hailey and Emma Bixler of Neligh. He is also survived by uncle & aunt, Dennis & Linda Bortis of Hendersonville, NC; aunts, Elda Heckenlively of Hastings and Carole Heckenlively of Hastings; uncle, Wayne Davis of Kearney; mother-in-law, Marsha Mills of Aurora and many other relatives and friends.

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