David Henry Jellen
March 28, 1944 – November 5, 2019
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jellen and Catherine Slobodnik Jellen. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Jellen; children, Karen Marie Smith (Alex), Mark David Jellen (Holli); grandchildren: Nathan, Eric, Michaela, Ava and Michael.
David Henry Jellen lived a life of grace, evident in his selfless giving to others. He dedicated his life’s work as an educator and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Dave most enjoyed spending time with family and friends! No matter if he was playing poker, partying in the Wyoming mountains, golfing, fishing or just having Tuesday coffee he relished the friendships and love.
Dave was born on March 28, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in South Omaha. After graduating from Ryan High School in 1962 he attended Seminary. He finished his college years with a Master of Science from Creighton University.
While at Creighton Dave met his future wife, Mary Beth Glode at Duchesne College in Omaha. They were married at St. Anne’s Church in Saratoga, Wyoming on June 21, 1969.
Dave began his career as an educator at Paul VI High School in South Omaha and then moved onto Tech High School where he was able to work in the same building as his wife, Mary Beth. In 1973 Dave accepted a position in the Papillion Public Schools and began teaching Biology and Physiology at Papillion-La Vista High School. In addition to teaching, he made life-long friends, coached the Girls Golf team, served as a negotiation representative and was nominated by the student council for Morp Royalty.
During non-teaching times Dave and family spent their time in Saratoga Wyoming. Dave worked at Mary Beth family’s hardware store. When he wasn’t working he spent his time golfing and competing in the Shively Invitational, fishing and picnicking with family and friends.
Dave retired from teaching in May 2000. After retirement Dave and Mary Beth volunteered, traveled to new places all over the US and Europe and spent time enjoying family and friends.
Family will receive friends Monday, November 11th from 4pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by a VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, November 12th, 10:30am, St. Columbkille Church, 200 E. 6th St. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Columbkille St. Vincent de Paul Society.