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(Neb)-Former State Senator Joyce Hillman-Kortum Passes At 86

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/22/2019 09:36 PM
SCOTTSBLUFF - Former state senator, Gering city council member and community leader Joyce Hillman-Kortum has died at age 83. A celebration of life is scheduled for Dec 14 at Cavalry Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff.

      Hillman-Kortum had been Executive Director of both the Platte Valley Council of Camp Fire and the Scottsbluff-Gering United Way and Executive VP of the Scottsbluff-Gering United Chamber of Commerce before being elected to the legislature in 1990.

       Her husband of 40 years, Kenneth Hillman, died at the end of her 5th year in office and in 2001 she married District Judge Alfred Kortum, who died in April of this year. Hillman-Kortum returned to politics in 2004 when she was elected to the Gering City Council and served until 2012 when she moved to Scottsbluff

      Hillman-Kortum was active in tourism, but children were a special concern for her and she served as the first executive director of the CAPstone Child Advocacy Center, serving without pay until CAPstone was able to hire a paid full-time director.

       She also served on the boards for the Old West Trail Foundation, West Nebraska All-Star Sport, and the Family Preservation team.

       Hillman-Kortum was recognized by the Scottsbluff-Gering chamber in 1999 with the Trail Blazer Award and was honored in 2016 with the Friend of the College Award from Western Nebraska Community College.

        She was a frequent visitor to Chadron State College during the 4 years that her granddaughter Stephanie Hillman played softball for the Eagles.


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