Brian K. Van Ormer

Brian K. Van Ormer

July 2, 1959 – December 7, 2020


Brian “BVO” Van Ormer, 61 of Omaha, Nebraska, went to be with the Lord December 7, 2020.

Brian was raised along with his older brother, David by their parents, Jim and Kathleen.  His parents relocated to Clinton, Missouri and Brian loved to take his family on trips to visit his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins in the Kansas-Missouri area.  He loved fishing, especially on Truman Lake and big family get togethers at his Uncle John and Aunt Fran’s Tick Rock Ranch.

Brian graduated with an early education degree from UNO in 1993, this being one of his proudest accomplishments.  He spent the majority of his professional career at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

He loved to continuously learn throughout his life, teaching Junior Achievement classes at St. Joan of Arc, coaching soccer and reading to any child that was willing to sit in his lap and listen (staples being Tacky the Penguin, Caps for Sale, and Rumplestiltskin).  He was an avid squash player and gym-goer and in the last couple years of his life taking many walks outside.

Brian raised 4 beautiful children with his former wife of 32 years, Kathleen.

He was incredibly proud and boastful of all of his children, their accomplishments and the adults that they’ve grown into.  He loved his family endlessly and knew how much they loved him as well.

Nothing brought Brian greater joy than being in the kitchen cooking delicious meals for his family.  Some of the best memories and meals were on Sunday family night dinners and Christmas dinner with the entire Garvey clan.  One of Brian’s greatest late life accomplishments that made him most happy was becoming a grandpa.

Although his life was short, it was full and he was very loved by his family and those that knew him.  We are grateful to know that he is now out of pain and at peace.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Kathleen Van Ormer of Clinton, Missouri.  He is survived by his former wife, Kathleen Van Ormer; children: Claire Dlugosz (Brandon), Michael, Matthew (Kaitlin) and James; three grandchildren: Emilia, Madelyn and Leo; and brother, David (Tammy).

Private Family Mass of Christian Burial.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Children’s Respite Center or Valley Hope.

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  • Felicia Weaver Posted December 9, 2020 7:41 am

    So sorry for the loss of Brian, I know this may sound crazy, but my husband Mark and Brian worked together for many years at Nebraska furniture Mart and I just lost Mark on Saturday, December 5 and he is also at Heafey right now. Sending love and prayers to the family 🙏

  • Justin Dlugosz Posted December 9, 2020 10:02 am

    To the Van Ormer family –

    We are deeply sorry for your loss and will keep praying for the entire family during this time of grief and sorrow. May Brian be at peace and with the Lord.

    “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” – John 16:22

  • Crystal Van Ormer Hartzog Posted December 9, 2020 4:34 pm

    Rest in paradise Uncle Brian.

  • David W Van Ormer Posted December 10, 2020 10:40 am

    Prayers, for the families loss,rest in peace brother

  • Tom Peal Posted December 10, 2020 11:21 am

    I am saddened to hear about BVO. He was a good friend and I have nothing but the best memories of him at our time together working for NFM. RIP my friend.

  • Debbie Gill Posted December 10, 2020 8:49 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. My heart goes out to all the family. Love and prayers.

  • Jim McCoy Posted January 5, 2021 9:20 pm

    I knew Brian 30 years ago thru Racquetball. Great guy and kicked my butt with his ever present grin. Sorry he’s gone too soon.

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