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Ron Messman

Ron Messman, age 85, of Aurora, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022 at CHI-St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 22nd at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Aurora, NE. Rev. Mark Seiker will be the Celebrant. Interment will be at the Aurora Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. A Rosary will be at 7:00, following the visitation. Memorials may be made to Aurora Adopt A Pet, St Mary's Church, or donor choice. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Ron A. Messman, the son of Leon Guy and Wylma Irene (Decker) Messman was born at Strang, Nebraska on March 8, 1937 and passed away at Grand Island, Nebraska on April 18, 2022 at the age of 85.

Ron moved to Grafton with his parents and graduated from high school in 1954. He attended Kearney State College and went on to graduate from Stan Francisco College of Mortuary Science, with Mu Sigma Alpha Award, in 1958. Ron worked at a mortuary in Kearney for two years, before serving in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, at the New Orleans Army Terminal. He attained the rank of Specialist 5. Ron returned to Aurora, Nebraska where he was employed at Higby Mortuary for 41 years, retiring in 1999.

Ron was married to Janet 'Jan' Kay Quick on June 2, 1973 at Hordville, Nebraska. They had been married for 48 years.

Ron was as a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Elks Lodge, and served many years as Service to Military Families Chairman of the Red Cross, and also was a faithful Red Cross Blood Donor and past board member of the Aurora County Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Jan of Aurora, as well as other relatives and friends who will cherish his memory.

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