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Jimmy Leth

Jimmy Leth, age 70, of Aurora, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Westfield Quality Care.

A Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22nd at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aurora. Mass will be livestreamed on St. Mary's, Aurora and St. Joseph's, Giltner Facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person. Rev. Loras Grell will officiate. Interment was held earlier at the Aurora Catholic Cemetery. Current CDC guidelines will be followed and masks are recommended. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, or the Hamilton County Senior Center. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Jimmy 'Jim' Ray Leth, the son of Amos and Shirley (Doremus) Ward, was born in Austin, Texas on December 5, 1949 and passed away on April 11, 2020 at the age of 70.

Jim moved around as a child due to his father's military service, living in Texas, Puerto Rico, Arizona before the family settled in Nebraska. He attended Cairo Public Schools, graduated from Centura High School in 1968 and Hastings Tech for auto mechanics.

Jim was married to Patricia Kalinowski on August 29, 1970 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna. Jim started with Bonnavilla Homes in 1970 and "worked his way up" to Production Manager, leaving after 28 years of service. Jim then worked at Nelson Land Development and the City of Aurora, where he retired from in 2010.

Jim was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He enjoyed golfing, camping and cruising. Jim loved Husker Football, NASCAR and spending time with family, especially their grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos Ward, Shirley and Alvin Volquardsen, and Marvin Leth.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Pat of Aurora; two children, Kimberly (Roger) Ladd and Michael (Kristi) Leth; two grandsons, Jackson and Bo Leth (The Whipper Snappers); step-grandson, Jared Ladd; brother, Ricky (Jan) Leth; three sisters, Rhonda (Tim) Goodman, Mary Ostermeyer and Jan (Matt) Johnson; three step-brothers, Randy, Darrell and Jerry Volquardsen; two brothers-in-law, Ron (Karry) Kalinowski and John (Tina) Kalinowski; sister-in-law, Judy (Jim) Rine; step-mother, Karen Ward and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

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