Cantrell Funeral Home

609 S. Walnut St., Kimball, NE


Jimmie David Heilbrun

March 21, 1944June 7, 2020
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Jimmie “Jim” D. Heilbrun, 76, of Banner County, died at his home on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Burial will be held following the funeral at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Jim’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in his memory to Calvary United Methodist Church or to the family to be determined later. The services for Jim have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Jimmie David Heilbrun was born in Scottsbluff on March 21, 1944, the son of David and Katherine (Schwartz) Heilbrun. He was raised and attended school in Gering and graduated from the Gering High School in 1962. Jim joined the National Guard and served his country from 1962-1968. He was married to Judy McKinnon on July 11, 1965 in Bushnell. Jim worked for Scottsbluff County in the Road Department until moving to the farm north of Bushnell in 1966. Jim farmed and ranched until the time of his death. He also delivered mail to many Banner County and Kimball County residents, driving over 300,000 miles. He loved tractors, working his cattle and going on trips to Las Vegas to attend the NFR. Jim and Judy enjoyed riding 4-wheelers together while checking the cattle. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, and enjoyed playing the part of Thaddeus during their production of the Last Supper, he was a past member of the Bushnell Lions Club. Jim loved his family and friends and was known for his story telling ability.

Survivors include his wife Judy Heilbrun of Banner County, NE; daughters Jenifer (Sean) Hopkins of Mitchell, NE., Janie (Jim) Wyatt of Harrisburg, NE., and Julie (Chet) Cochran of rural Gering, NE; brother Steve Heilburn of Torrington, WY; grandchildren Joshua (Joann) Hopkins, Justin Hopkins, Cole (Grace) Wyatt, Brooke (Jake) Daum, Hallie Cochran and Connor Cochran; great grandchildren Brooke, Peyton and Allie Hopkins and Asher Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Beverly Ludwig.


  • Judy Heilbrun, wife
  • Jenifer (Sean) Hopkins, Daughter
  • Janie (Jim) Wyatt, Daughter
  • Julie (Chet) Cochran, Daughter
  • Joshua (Joann) Hopkins, Grandchild
  • Justin Hopkins, Grandchild
  • Cole (Grace) Wyatt, Grandchild
  • Brooke (Jake) Daum, Grandchild
  • Hallie Cochran, Grandchild
  • Connor Cochran, Grandchild
  • Brooke Hopkins, Great Grandchild
  • Peyton Hopkins, Great Grandchild
  • Allie Hopkins, Great Grandchild
  • Asher Wyatt, Great Grandchild

  • Joshua Hopkins, Active Bearer
  • Justin Hopkins, Active Bearer
  • Cole Wyatt, Active Bearer
  • Brooke Daum, Active Bearer
  • Hallie Cochran, Active Bearer
  • Connor Cochran, Active Bearer
  • Sean Hopkins, Honorary Bearer
  • Jim Wyatt, Honorary Bearer
  • Chet Cochran, Honorary Bearer


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 12, 2020


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Virginia Murphy

June 19, 2020

Judy and family, Mike and I extend our deepest sympathy. We have many happy memories of our time in Kimball, living next to your lovely parents, and working with you at the hospital. Mike and Virginia Murphy, Pocatello, Idaho.

Jerrene and Jack Randall

June 12, 2020

Dear Judy and family,
Our hearts were broken to hear of Jim's passing. We pray for your comfort and peace during this time of sorrow and for God's promise of everlasting life will give you rest.
We couldn't be present today but we are with you in spirit. Our love and prayers, Jack and Jerrene

Kenny and Tanya Whitney

June 12, 2020

We always enjoyed the occasional visits when he was delivering mail. The jokes he would share, discussing livestock, and the interest he had in the girl’s livestock projects. He will be greatly missed by our family.

Benjamin Burt, Jr.

June 12, 2020

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Mrs. (Judy) Heilbrun, your girls, and all your family. My prayer for all of you would be that you each have what Mrs. Heilbrun taught me and the rest of the VBS kids in the basement of Calvary UMC in Bushnell some 40+ years ago: "I've got the peace that passes understanding...Down in my heart to stay." I've never forgotten you patient teaching us that song from the piano those many years ago. May God bless and comfort all of you during this time. Ben, Jr. ("Benjie")

Larry & Pat Randolph

June 11, 2020

Our deepest sympathy in your loss. I very much appreciated all of the support from Jim and your family while I was at Banner County Schools. His smiling face, win or lose after ball games, was always an encouragement. I hope that all of your pleasant memories will comfort you in your sadness.

Lori J Apala

June 11, 2020

Jim was an encouraging workout buddy at PT "pain therapy" ha...His smile is what I will remember most...it said I am here, you are important, God loves you and so do I. He was a true example of our Church Family. Especially when he and his church brother Randy were together...fond memories of laughter.
Godspeed Jim until we meet again. Much loves.

Lorna Davis

June 11, 2020

Judy and Family,
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are all in our prayers. Jim was a funny and kind man and he will be missed.
Vince, Lorna, Trent and Jenna

Kim Nelson

June 11, 2020

My guess? Jim had St. Peter blushing about a Lena and Olie story before he'd even passed through the Pearly Gates. His humor and generosity will be greatly missed. Dinner theatre will never be the same.

Nancy and Gary Batt

June 10, 2020

Sorry to hear of Jim passing. Heaven gained a great man. RIP cousin. Prayers for you and your family in this time of loss.

Karen Darnall

June 10, 2020

Judy and Family,
My deepest sympathy in Jim’s passing.
I remember his kind and thoughtful nature.
May the Lord hold you gently with His gracious love.
Karen (Stoneking) Darnall