Bernard J. Akromis

Bernard J. Akromis

September 5, 1929 – November 4, 2020

 

Born in Omaha, NE.  Graduated from South High and UNL.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Akromis; and his son, Joseph.  Survived by his daughter, Patty Dudziak; grandchildren, Peter and Anna; son, Bernie Akromis; grandchildren: Emily, Samantha and Wyatt; son, Matthew Akromis; grandchildren, Drake and Canyon; daughter, Jennifer (Adam) Johnson; and grandchildren: Nathan, Nick and Alex.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Monday, November 9th from 9:30am to 10:30am, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (11802 Pacific St.) followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am.  INTERMENT: Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military honors.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please visit www.stroberts.com.; or, for Mass and Graveside Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.

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Born on September 5, 1929, Bernard J “Bernie” Akromis passed peacefully on Nov 4, 2020.  Bernie was the son of Edward and Agnes Akromis. Baptized in the Catholic church as Bernard John, he grew up with 6 older brothers and spent his formative years as a proud Lithuanian in the euro-ethnic communities of South Omaha surrounding the Omaha stockyards in the ’30s and ’40s.  Life in South Omaha for them revolved around jobs at the stockyards, sports, school, community and life at the Akromis bar on Q Street. 

Bernie emerged as talented basketball player – first at the Social Settlement and then starring for South High – leading the Packers to many wins and a state playoff berth. He was a star prospect who’s basketball career continued as a University of Nebraska Cornhusker Cager where he excelled as a scoring forward. 

He was a Marine Corps veteran who served with distinction as a communications officer in the Korean War. 

Prior to his deployment to Korea, he married his sweetheart and the love of his life Joan, herself a true force of nature, with whom he spent his life. Bernie and Joan raised their 4 children in the Catholic faith with social time, athletics, the outdoors, a passion for life and character as guiding principles. 

Bernie’s professional life was as a leader in the Omaha insurance industry working for and eventually owning a part of Marcotte Insurance – spending over 47 years with the firm. 

He loved to hunt and fish and was a passionate supporter of Ducks Unlimited. His community involvement didn’t stop there. He was very active in St Anthony’s parish and a founding family of St Robert’s parish in West Omaha. 

Bernie enjoyed travel, including trips to Canada to fish; golf trips to Scottsdale, Florida and the Monterey peninsula and family road trips to Minnesota, the Ozarks, the mountains in Colorado and all places west – with a fondness for San Francisco. 

An avid sports fan, Bernie would have insight into all the events of the day and always have a rooting interest in the teams (even if it was due to his many $1 bets with his friend Denny).  Bernie loved golf, basketball, the Huskers, hunting, dancing, a good joke, a stiff drink, good food and a great time. 

Bernie was a smart, gregarious, loving and loyal Catholic family-man and survivor.  He was a veteran, an athlete, a kind, funny and caring man who excelled in business and life. 

He was, in short, a legend.

Laku noć Bernie.  We love you.

 

 

4 Comments

  • Corinne Darden Posted November 6, 2020 5:38 pm

    Sending prayers for the family

  • Bob & Sharon Lohrman Posted November 7, 2020 8:52 am

    Our Deepest Sympathy to all of the Family. Bernie was a great neighbor and we really enjoyed seeing him everyday when we walked. He always had a Smile on his face . Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

  • Kelly Turner Posted November 7, 2020 5:35 pm

    A beautiful tribute. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Monday will be a day of celebration for his life. Love and hugs, Kel and Trav

  • Cherie Kenealy Posted November 9, 2020 8:41 am

    Thinking of you all today with deepest sympathies. We have such happy memories of Bernie. He will truly be missed.

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