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John "Johnny" Honea '65 March 9, 2017 8:48 AM updated: March 9, 2017 8:51 AM

Hillier Funeral Home obituary
2301 East 29th Street
Bryan, TX 77802

John Honea
July 24, 1943 ~ March 5, 2017 (age 73)

Mr. John Edward Honea, of College Station, passed away in his home on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the age of 73.
A native of Kerrville, TX, John first came to College Station to attend Texas A&M University, class of 1965. After graduating with a degree in Wildlife and Fishery Sciences, John went on to serve in the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot for the United States Army. Upon being stationed in Germany, he met and married the love of his life, Gerda.
Following his service in the Army, John and Gerda settled in College Station to start their family. John began working for Texas A&M University as an employee benefits representative and, over the course of his 27-year career, rose to become the Executive Director of Risk Management for the Texas A&M University System. After seeing their sons graduate from college, John and Gerda set off on a new adventure, this time in Colorado, where John served as Administrator for the University of Colorado Insurance pool, as well as the Chief Executive Officer for the University of Colorado Risk and Insurance Management Fund. John retired in July 2007, later returning to College Station to be closer to family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gerda Priebsch Honea, and parents, Edward and Florence Deibner Honea.
He is survived by his two sons, Mark and wife Martina Auernheimer Honea of Woodbridge, VA, and Scott and wife Amanda Allen Honea of College Station, TX; four grandchildren, Courtney, Cassidy, and Caden Honea of Woodbridge, VA, and Luke Honea of College Station, TX; and four siblings, Rosemary Rhoden, Diane Poppe, Gilbert Honea, and Ted Honea, of Kerrville, TX.
John’s family would like to thank the many caregivers that so devotedly cared for John over these many months, especially Shira and her daughter, Nikki, who have been such a blessing throughout this time. Also, the family would like to share their sincere appreciation with the staff at Hospice Brazos Valley for their many months of devotion and care.
A visitation will be held on Friday, March 10th, between 6-8pm at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, TX. The Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, March 11th, at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, TX with a graveside dedication to follow at the College Station Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (
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March 10, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hillier Funeral Home
Bryan, TX

March 11, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Hillier Funeral Home
Bryan, TX

March 11, 2017
1:30 PM
College Station Memorial Cemetery
College Station, TX

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