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Carol Helen Houborg

December 31, 1936 — January 17, 2024

Cozad

Carol Helen Houborg

Carol H. Houborg, former Cozad resident, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 87. Carol was born December 31, 1936 at Cozad, Nebraska to Harlan and Helen (Lantzer) Iliff. She graduated from Cozad High School.  Carol married Robert “Bob” Houborg on August 21, 1955 at Cozad. They made their home on a farm northeast of Cozad. Carol was a nurse at Cozad Hospital. She was a volunteer at Southview Manor Care Home and a faithful and devoted member of Parkview Methodist Church. Following their retirement, Carol and Bob enjoyed many winters in Mesa, Arizona where they made several friends.

After Bob passed away Carol moved to Lincoln, NE to be near her daughter Jodi. She lived at the Legacy Terrace for 19 years where she made many friends and welcomed new comers to the independent living lifestyle.  She loved to entertain and continued that tradition welcoming many into her apartment for card games and happy hour plus requesting field trips to Misty’s during football season or other activities that required the Terrace van. Her hospitality was felt throughout the Terrace and many said she was the first person to speak to them when they moved in. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; Harlan and Helen (Lantzer) Iliff, husband; Robert Houborg, brothers Richard (Dick) Iliff and Robert (Bob) Iliff; Sister-in-laws Betty Iliff and Leone (Houborg) Marshall and brother-in-law Jim Marshall; one great grandson.

Carol is lovingly survived by her children, David (Linda) Houborg of Des Moines, IA, and Jodi (Brian) Hermes of Lincoln; grandchildren Amanda (Samuel) Heider of Dumfries, VA, Kimberly (Jared) Hall of Indianapolis, IN, Christi (Joseph) Elekes of Fairbury, NE, Meghan (Colt) Kingery of Monroe, IA, Zachary Houborg of Minneapolis, MN, and Katarina Houborg of Des Moines, IA; Sister-in-laws Peggy Iliff of Omaha, and Linda Houborg of Gothenburg, NE: brother-in-law James Houborg of Gothenburg, NE; and 15 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cozad Cemetery with Pastor David Haynes officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Tunnel to Towers, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Youth trip to Guatemala through the Crossroads Church Lincoln, NE.


A memorial service will be held March 16, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Crossroads Church, 4401 North 40th St, Lincoln, NE 68504.

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