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Mike McQuiston is the owner of Higby-McQuiston Mortuary and has been a licensed funeral director/embalmer since 1987. Mike is a member of St. Mary’s Church and serves as financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus and is active in the Church’s Godparent Program. He also serves on the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Aurora Rotary Club. Mike and his wife Linda have two children, Laura, age 21 and Ben, age 17.

Linda McQuiston works part-time for Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. She handles the paperwork involved for funerals and running of the office. Linda has received her life insurance license to sell pre-need arrangements.

Kenneth Howland is an Aurora native and graduated from Aurora High School in 1999. Kenneth graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Business Administration Degree in 2004. He is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Kenneth is working at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Kenneth is married to Stacey (Thomas), of O'Neill, Nebraska. They have two sons, Mason, age 4 and Carter, 10 months.

Mike Merrick works for Higby-McQuiston Mortuary part-time. Mike has over 40 years experience in the funeral business. Mike is married to Debe (Goble) a native of Aurora.

Jim Higby retired from the mortuary business at the end of 2011. Jim and his wife Linda retired to Nevada. They have two children, Paul and Ann, who each live in Denver. Jim was an Aurora native, who earned his Nebraska Funeral Directors license in 1967, and had served the area as a third generation funeral director with Higby mortuary since. Jim was proud of serving as a licensed professional, and being able to assist area friends in their time of need.

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