Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE


Joyce E Hillman-Kortum

June 10, 1936November 20, 2019

Joyce Elaine (Higel) Hillman-Kortum 83, of Scottsbluff, went to her heavenly home November 20, 2019. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A celebration of her life will be held on December 14, 2019 at 2pm at Calvary Lutheran Church with Father Mark Selvey officiating. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Joyce’s honor to St Francis Episcopal Church, Capstone, or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made to www.dugankramer.com Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Joyce was born on June 10, 1936 in Deshler Nebraska to Harry and Lola Higel. She graduated from Fairbury High School in 1954. Joyce had three loves in her life.

GOD She has always been God’s greatest fan and that is how she lived her life. She loved to tell God’s story and shared that with many people through her Bible studies. She was very active at Calvary Lutheran Church and St Francis Episcopal Church in many ways.

FAMILY She did everything growing up with her younger brother Allen Higel. On June 20, 1954 she married Kenneth Hillman in Fairbury Nebraska. They shared 40 years together. To this marriage was born three children Janine Hergenreder (Bob); Shari (Johnston)Copsey (Monty); and Terry Hillman (Cindy). Six grandchildren Ryan Hergenreder (Shawn), Trevor Hergenreder (Liz); Meggan Rice (Garrett), Stephanie Eardley (Duke); Brian and Brad Johnston. 11 great grandchildren Malaya Osuba-Brown, Noah, Joshua and Emma Hergenreder; Carter and Tanner Hergenreder; Hollen, Hobbs and baby to come Rice; Decker and Dean Eardley; and one great great grandchild Mason. She was a stay at home mom for many years. She played an active role in her grandchildren’s live’s and loved playing with her great grandchildren. She married Judge Alfred Kortum, on November 23, 2001 in Scottsbluff Nebraska. This marriage brought another two children to her family; Phillip Kortum (Rebecca) and Sara Kortum Jones (Frank); eight grandchildren Alexander, Maxwell, Zachary, Kate, Elizabeth and Maggie Kortum; Kylie and Ian Jones.

COMMUNITY Her love for her community is very evident in the positions she held and as a result of what she accomplished in those positions. She started her career with Chester B Brown Bean Company, Executive Director Platte Valley Council of Camp Fire, Executive Director Scottsbluff-Gering United Way, Executive Vice President Scottsbluff-Gering United Chamber of Commerce, and served two, four year terms as State Senator of the 48th District. She served in so many other ways that had an impact on many people. She was voted Scottsbluff Citizen of the year in 1995. She had a very special ability to talk to and listen to people. She lived in Western Nebraska for 55 years.

Joyce is survived by her family, brother Allen Higel (Betty), numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Joyce was proceeded in death by her parents, husbands Kenneth Hillman and Judge Alfred Kortum, son in law Allan Johnston, and sister in law Sally Higel.

She was the matriarch of her family, and although she will be greatly missed, her legacy will live on….


  • St. Francis Episcopal Church
  • Capstone
  • Donor's Choice


14 December

A Celebration of Life Service

2:00 pm

Calvary Lutheran Church

17 E 27th Street
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361


Joyce E Hillman-Kortum

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R. Scott Kath

November 27, 2019

So saddened to have read about Joyce's passing this morning. My most sincere condolances to ALL of the families. She was a wonderfull friend and neighbor for many years to my mother and the Kath family. I am certain that she and Bessie are having a hoot up there.

Don and Joan Eigenberg

November 26, 2019

We had the pleasure of knowing this amazing lady, whom we admired immensely. Our daughter, Helen, went to high school with her daughter, and our son, Steven, was a close friend to Phil Kortum. Heaven has gained another angel! 😇

Jan Brown

November 25, 2019

Saddened to learn of Joyce's death. What a privilege it was to know and learn from such an awesome lady! Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jan Brown

Julie Larson

November 25, 2019

What a loving, caring heart Joyce had. I worked at CapStone and witnessed her generosity for others. RIP Joyce and for the family you were so blessed to have her in your lives. She will leave a large footprint in the community.

leah lane

November 22, 2019

dear shari , Jeanie and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother, I was lucky enough to know her for many years. I always looked forward to seeing her. she was always so kind to me. we shared our love of books together and she often brought her most loved recent reads to share with me. we always shared a quick hug and hello at sporting events, while she was admiring and rooting for her bearcats. I am sure she touched many lives through the years, as she did mine. sincerely, leah

Jim and Cherry McKimmey

November 22, 2019

Our friendship with Joyce and her late husband Ken went back many, many years when Jim was transferred to Scottsbluff with KN Energy. Both of our kids were born in Scottsbluff and Joyce and Ken became their "godparents". Really sorry to hear of her passing and please know our thoughts are with all of the family

Kris Schledewitz

November 21, 2019

Janine & family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Kris