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Gerald Holtzen

Gerald Holtzen, age 85, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Westfield Quality Care.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, February 14th at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. There will be a private family graveside service at the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 P.M. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. 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.


Gerald Ardean Holtzen, the son of Herman A. and Ellen M. (Carpenter) Holtzen, was born in Bradshaw, Nebraska on February 13, 1936 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on February 6, 2022, at the age of 85.

He grew up in Aurora, attended country school and graduated from Aurora High School class of 1953. Gerald worked as a farm laborer, then started at the race track with Bob Humrich, Sr. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-60. After being honorably discharged, Gerald returned to horse racing as a trainer and owner.

On February 16, 1968, he was united in marriage to Inez 'Joy' Filkin at the E.U.B. Church in Aurora. Gerald started farming and later they ended up on an acreage on the south edge of Aurora, where they raised hogs, sheep and horses. Joy passed away on December 13, 2014. Due to his health, he spent the last two years at Westfield Quality Care.

Gerald was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge and the Aurora American Legion. He served on the Hamilton County Fair Board for several years. Gerald loved animals, he and Joy enjoyed their many dogs and cats.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Larry & Dennis (Elaine) Holtzen and brother-in-law, Herman Schuett.

Those left to cherish his memory are his two brothers, Jim (Grace) Holtzen of Aurora and Joe (Judi) Holtzen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Ilene Schuett of Chapman; sister-in-law, Sharon Holtzen Nunnenkamp and six nephews, Brad, Rick, Tom and Jon Holtzen and Kenyon and Roger Schuett.

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