COLUMBUS - James Novotne, 74, of Columbus died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Columbus Community Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Columbus. Burial with military honors will be in the All Saints Cemetery, Columbus.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the church, with a vigil at 5 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to service Saturday at the church. McKown Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Novotne was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Gibbon to Emil and Anna (Kriha) Novotne. He graduated from Shelton High School in 1956. He attended Kearney State College before enlisting in the Air Force. He served from 1961-1965 as a security analyst. Upon his discharge, he returned to college and graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1966. He married Mary Vanderheiden on Aug. 20, 1966, at St. Marys Cathedral in Grand Island. He worked for Ford Motor Corporation at their world headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., for nine years. He then served as the president of Beef Industrial Foundation in Gibbon, Director of Marketing for Century Manufacturing in Aurora for 16 years and Vice President of Domestic and International Sales for Arjo in Chicago. In 1994, James and Mary moved to Columbus where he founded Mastercare Patient Equipment.
He was an active member of St. Bonaventure Church where he served in many capacities, member of Knights of Columbus, Mens Choir, Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Business School Alumni and an avid Husker fan.
James is survived by his wife, Mary of Columbus, a son: Erik of Omaha; a daughter, Cassandra and fiance, Don Zywiec of Omaha; and Beethoven; and a sister: Patricia Filbin of Wood River.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 12, 2013.