Conleth W. McGill

Conleth W. McGill

July 16, 1938 – May 26, 2023

Conleth “Con” McGill (July 16, 1938-May 26, 2023), age 84 passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and close friends.

Con was born on July 16, 1938, in West Point, NE to Patrick and Elizabeth “Bly” McGill. He was raised on a farm in Wisner, NE, and was the oldest of 11 siblings. After graduating from Wisner High School, he moved to Omaha, NE, where he worked at Union Pacific Railroad for a short time before pursuing a career in construction and real estate. He built a successful career building beautiful homes across the Omaha metropolitan area, making lifelong friends along the way. He tried his hand in the restaurant business, starting Yogurt, etc. in Omaha where he enjoyed visiting with the many customers who stopped by. After laying down his hammer, he continued with his real estate brokerage until retirement.

In 1961 he met Janis Schuler at a McGill family wedding, and she immediately swept him off his feet. They married on May 26, 1962, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. They settled in Omaha and raised 5 girls and 3 boys, all who attended St Pius X Elementary School and Roncalli Catholic High School. The family later grew with the addition of 3 daughters-in-law, 4 sons-in-law, 20 grandchildren, five grandchildren-in-law, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Con had a life-long love of music which started when he was a child. The Singing McGills, made up of his parents, brothers, and sisters, performed at county fairs across Nebraska, and continued to sing at every family event, holiday, and celebration. He was also an avid sports fan. He loved all things Nebraska Huskers and Creighton Jays attending as many games as he could. Most near and dear to his heart, however, was watching his family play. He spent endless nights and weekends supporting his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Whether it was football, track, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, or cross country he rarely missed a game or meet. When not attending sporting events, he enjoyed numerous other activities including playing cards, tinkering with technology, and any book, article, or show about history and politics. One of his favorite pastimes was going out to eat with his wife, quickly becoming VIP clients – and dear friends with the staff at both Jimmy’s Egg and Village Inn.

He was a generous man with his time, talent, and treasure. He knew the importance of a handshake, ensuring his sons, grandsons and great grandsons were taught the proper handshake. He never missed a moment to say I love you to whoever he was with. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends who love him so deeply.

Con is preceded in death by his parents, Patrick H and Elizabeth “Bly” McGill; in-laws Ellis and Margaret Schuler; brothers Clem and Patrick III McGill; sister-in-law, Sheila McGill; brother-in-law Don Schuler; and grandson Brandon Cook, nephews Christopher Gabriel and Andrew McGill. He is survived by his loving wife, Janis McGill; daughters and sons-in-law: Kelly (Terry) Thielen, Beth (Robert) Cook, Teri McGill, Tricia (Bernie) Wiese, and Maureen (Aaron) Walding; sons and daughters-in-law: Mick (Kathy) McGill, Rick (Kelly) McGill, and Scott (Kathie) McGill; 19 grandchildren and spouses, Robbie (Sara) Thielen, Mike (Elizabeth) Thielen, Andrew (Taylor) Thielen; Wes and Collin Cook; Megan (Brandon) Guenther, Justin (Maddy) McGill, Sara McGill; Zach, Sam, Max and Seth Wiese; Noah, Grace, and Maggie McGill; Molly, Brigid and Brady McGill; Paige Walding; and seven great grandchildren: Danny, Joey, and Cecilia Thielen; William, Adelaide, and John Thielen; Kate Thielen; and his eighth great grandchild due November 25; brothers Dr. James (Ann) McGill and Robert (Diane) McGill all of Omaha, Kenneth (Diane) McGill of Humphrey, and Mark (Alison), McGill of Wahoo, sisters Rozanne Kenny, Kathryn Howard and Colleen (Jim) Fogarty all of Omaha and Mary (Rick) Koelsch of Lincoln; sisters-in-law Rita McGill of West Point and Sherryl Schuler of Omaha; brothers-in-law Vern (Judy) Schuler of Hooper, and Jim Schuler of Fremont; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

VISITATION: Tuesday, May 30th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 20500 W. Maple Rd. in Elkhorn, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, May 31st at 10:30am at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery in Elkhorn.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Roncalli Catholic High School, St. Pius-St. Leo Grade School, and Open Door Mission.

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  • Celeste and Dave Vincent Posted May 27, 2023 8:33 pm

    Dear McGill Family,
    Remembering a wonderful man… So very sorry for your great loss. We are sending you prayers of comfort. Your dear loved one is now in God’s gentle hands. We know you will miss him deeply. Hold close all the special memories. Blessings always, Celeste and Dave

  • Richard Glow Posted May 28, 2023 3:29 pm

    Dear McGill Family,
    kathy and I are sorry for your loss. As a kid I always remember seeing him at the many volleyball, baseball, and football games. He was your biggest fan. I loved seeing him at my office he always had a great story to tell about his family. He was very proud of you all. Rick and Kathy Glow

  • Jim mcgill Posted May 28, 2023 4:46 pm

    Sorry to hear of Conn’s passing. Always enjoyed seeing him and talking sports Been too long but have fond memories of him and his family. Wonder if my dad was in the Signing McGill’s. Guessing no.

  • Curtis Downey Posted May 29, 2023 9:52 am

    So sorry for your loss. He leaves a large and great legacy.

  • Fr. Jim Clifton, SJ Posted May 29, 2023 2:37 pm

    Conn did a beautiful job restoring Campion House at Creighton University in 1979. He was an incredibly hard worker with lots of integrity, and a wonderful human being. I remembered him at Mass this morning. May you now rest with the Lord you served so well.

  • kathleen donahoe Posted May 29, 2023 4:01 pm

    So sorry for this great loss. The family is in my thoughts and prayers !

  • Karen Calabro Posted May 30, 2023 10:49 am

    Hugs and prayers to your family in the passing of Conn..May he rest in peace!

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