Richard Bills, Sr.

Richard Bills, Sr.

February 9, 1935-May 30, 2019

Richard Bills, Sr., 84, of Columbus, died Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, with the Rev. Michael Klatt officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Richard D. Bills, Sr. was born on Feb. 9, 1935, to Charles and Bertha (Steinbach) Bills in Nance County. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in rural Columbus. He graduated from St. Edward High School in May of 1953. On April 15, 1956, Richard was united in marriage to Vernetta Behrens at Christ Lutheran Church. Richard worked at Behlen Manufacturing in Columbus for 42 years. He did volunteer work for many years, and also enjoyed attending block parties with his neighbors. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Behlen Retiree Club, and every November he enjoyed going to “Deer Camp.” Richard took pride in his yard, garden, and maintaining his home, and enjoyed going to family events to play cards and visit.

Richard is survived by wife, Vernetta Bills of Columbus; daughter, Joan (Jeff) Heins of Omaha; granddaughters, Brittany and Brianna Heins of Omaha; son, Richard Bills, Jr. of Columbus; brother, Roy (Patricia) Bills of Columbus; brother, Kenneth (Eileen) Bills of Valley; nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Bertha Bills; brother, Lawrence Bills.

Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.

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