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February 24, 1951 - June 11, 2021
Visitation and Vigil services will be held on June 20th, 2021 at 5:00 – 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM respectively. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 21st, at 11 AM. All services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Burial will be on Tuesday June 22nd at 1:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Henry “Bill” Honeycutt, age 70, was called home on June 11th, 2021, the Feast of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus, after a long battle with COPD in Rapid City, SD.
Bill was born in Grand Island, NE to Elmer and Hazel Honeycutt on February 24th, 1951. He
graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1969 and joined the US Army, where he served in
the Vietnam War, earning several commendations, including a Bronze Star Medal. After
returning home, he was a professional musician in bands that toured throughout the midwest. It
was during this time that he met the love of his life, Barbara Auth in Wisconsin.
Bill and Barb were married in 1972, and moved to Grand Island. Bill went to work for the FCC
utilizing radio and electronics skills he learned in the Army, earning a commendation from the
Director of the FCC for one of his investigations. He later began a career in furniture sales,
where he successfully managed several stores, along with serving as a sales representative for
a large furniture manufacturer.
Bill’s love of music stayed with him his entire life through music ministry. He also enjoyed
spending time outdoors golfing, hiking in the beautiful Black Hills, and entertaining his
Bill is survived by his wife Barb, son Pat (Wendy), 3 grandchildren Maggie, Simon, and Logan,
sister Jackie (Tom), and brothers Mike (Linda) and Jerry (Teresa),sister in laws, Audrey Murphy,
Alice Auth, Wanda Evans (Gary), Becky Frese (Jerry) and brother in laws Tom Auth (Sharon),
Rich Auth (Mary), and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents,
Elmer and Hazel, sisters Kay and Lynette, brother Butch(Lyn), Mother and Father in-law Ray
and Agnes Auth, brother in-laws Bob, David, and Neil Auth, Don Murphy, Mike Jolkowski,
Harvey Kelly, Marvin Eggers, and George Turner, nieces Judy Helmer and Dawn Davison, and
nephew Jeff Hoeft
Visitation and Vigil services will be held on June 20th, 2021 at 5:00 – 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM
respectively. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 21st, at 11 AM. All services will be
held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
A Memorial will be established, in Bill’s honor, to Wounded Warriors.