Clelland Lee Retelsdorf

Clelland Lee Retelsdorf

January 14, 1932 – September 14, 2019

Age 87. Lee passed away peacefully at home on September 14, 2019.   He was born in Benedict, Nebraska and spent most of his childhood in Valley, Nebraska.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from Doane College, he graduated with an MD (1955) and completed his internship (1956) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Lee served in the US Air Force in Selma, Alabama, from 1956-1958 and then returned to Omaha to continue his practice in Family Medicine.   He was a member of the Physicians Clinic and Nebraska Methodist Hospital Staff until he retired from his medical practice in 1976.  He continued his career in Administration at Nebraska Methodist Hospital until 2005.

Lee was active in many medical professional organizations and was the Westside High School team physician from 1970-1980.   He was an avid golfer and Cornhusker Football fan who cared dearly for his many patients and friends and his family.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children: Leigh Ann Retelsdorf (Pat Heng), Cindy Ellis (Craig), John Retelsdorf (Paula), Mike Retelsdorf (Daun), Stacy Mohr (Andy), Bill Ouren (Georgia), and C.L. Retelsdorf; grandchildren: Nate (Jordan), Chloe (Jake), Leigh, Caitilin (Max), Jack, John (Melissa), Andrew, Brett, Kaitlin, Kyle, Leah, Noah, and Mikayla; six great-grandchildren; sister, Kay Hemingway (Bill); and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clelland L. Retelsdorf; his mother, Marjorie Retelsdorf; and his great-grandson, Jaycoby Estrada-Retelsdorf.

A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date.  Memorials can be made on Lee’s behalf to the Methodist Hospital Foundation, 8701 West Dodge Road, Suite 450, Omaha, NE, 68114.



  • Marylynn Ludwig Posted September 21, 2019 5:13 pm

    My deepest condolences. He served at our family doctor until 1976, we loved and appreciated his care to our family. And referred to him as Dr R.

  • Stan Hale Posted September 23, 2019 6:47 am

    My sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Lee Retelsdorf. I first met Lee at Doane College. He was housed on the 4th floor in the infirmary where he and a colleague would treat students for minor health issues. I was Vice Principal at Millard South and saw Lee at parent teacher conferences. Later when he was head of the Methodist Hospital I would visit with him. Over these many years he has touched many people and his legacy will live forever. He will be greatly missed. God Bless.

  • Tadd Martin Posted September 27, 2019 11:52 am

    I grew up a couple houses away from Dr R. LeeMan, Leeto Burrito, and can not share enough about what this man brought into the world, specifically Omaha, NE.

    He did an absolute tremendous job raising a very large and caring family that sticks together to this day! Doc, you will be greatly missed, but know you are still here with us with the family and memories that moves forward.

    With the utmost love,

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