David Rudolph Paik

David Rudolph Paik

January 18, 1939 – June 24, 2024

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of an extraordinary man, David Paik, 85.

David was born on January 18, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Rudolph and Jean Paik. He loved to play and roughhouse with his brother, Bobby, by chasing the family dogs around, and helping his mom take care of his youngest siblings, Donny and Carol. David’s love for building and specifically home building started at a young age. At the age of 13, his parents were building a new home. Riding his bike the few blocks to the new house to see the progress became a frequent occurrence. David’s love for building guided him through college, and he graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Soon after he graduated, he joined the Army, then Army Reserves, which led to building bridges in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Engineering eventually led David to Omaha, NE.

David was the founder and owner of Dave Paik Builders Inc. He took great pride in building homes for families, building for over 52 years in the Omaha area during his extensive career. However, nothing made him more proud than the home he built with June, his loving wife of 50 years. Together, they raised 3 amazing children: Eric Paik, Angela Matthews, and Jaime Safary. David and June built their family on a solid foundation of love and respect, kindness and laughter. David’s advice to his kids of “Surround yourself with good people,” and “Always be prepared” is something we should all remember as we face life’s challenges.

David’s legacy has passed lovingly to his children. His oldest son, Eric, humbly moved back to Omaha to be with family at their time of greatest need; demonstrating David’s values of family and loyalty. To his daughter, Jaime (Safary), he leaves a calming nature, beautiful smile, and kind heart that she now shares with her young daughters. His son-in-law, Vatan Safary, has David’s attention to detail and continues the family business, and countless homes stand strong as a testament to David’s dedicated building career. David entrusts son-in-law, Jeff Matthews, to raise his grandchildren with Angela’s strength, sense of humor, and joyful spirit. Yet, his family has little doubt of his true legacy. It is in the bright eyes and beautiful smiles of his four grandchildren: Jaxson (7) and Knox (3) Matthews, and Alexandra (5) and Scarlett (2) Safary. David’s children and grandchildren were the joy of his life.

Despite David’s significant strength, losing his beloved daughter Angela was more than his heart could bear. Almost five months after Angela’s passing, he has been reunited with her and his grandson Luke David Matthews in their forever home in heaven. While the hearts of those left behind are heavy, we reach for comfort in knowing that we will be together again.

David was preceded in death by parents, Rudolph and Jean Paik; daughter, Angela Matthews; brothers, Robert and Donald Paik; brothers-in-law, Dennis Dickinson, James Karl, and Jeffrey Karl; sister-in-law, Joyce Karl; niece, Karen Rozanc; and grandson, Luke David Matthews

David is survived by his wife, June Paik; son, Eric Paik; daughter Jaime (Vatan) Safary; son-in-law, Jeffrey Matthews; sister, Carol Dickinson; grandchildren, Jaxson Matthews, Alexandra Safary, Knox Matthews, and Scarlett Safary; niece, Jennifer Dickinson Mann; nephew Matthew (Claire) Dickinson; great-nephews, Alexander Mann, Anthony Mann, Theo Dickinson; and great-niece Elsie Dickinson.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, July 18th at 11am at the West Center Chapel, with VISITATION from 10am to 11am.  Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.  To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.




  • Linda Vice Posted June 29, 2024 5:46 am

    June and family, my heart breaks for you all. I pray the Lord’s comfort for you all as you realize the joy of his reunion with Angie.. This world is not our home. With love and prayers…

  • Marva Dickinson Posted June 29, 2024 5:52 am

    We are saddened by your family’s loss. Dave was truly a wonderful man. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you….

  • Sally Johnson Posted June 29, 2024 10:16 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dave Paik.

  • Gail Skully Nickel Posted June 29, 2024 12:27 pm

    June and Family,
    My heart is breaking for you all in the loss of David, my beloved cousin. I wish I could have been there to celebrate David’s going home to his eternal reward and reuniting with Angie and the rest of the family who got there before him. I can just imagine the wonderful party they had, with Aunt Jean playing her accordion for them all. We had a good time growing up together, and David was greatly missed moving out of NE Ohio to Omaha. But he always made time in his busy life to come back here to visit with family, and to say good bye/Godspeed to those who passed on. I am happy I continued to have a good relationship with my dear cousin as mature adults, will miss our being together on his visits home, and our goofy phone conversations after we both wound up in our 80’s.
    You all have my deepest sympathy in your loss, but rejoice in the legacy he left for you.

  • Jennifer A Mann Posted June 29, 2024 4:38 pm

    Uncle Dave, thank you for helping my mom with my upbringing. You have been a very important person in my life and I will cherish the MANY memories that I have of you, especially those spent laughing and laughing and laughing together.
    I love you so much. May you rest peacefully now that you are reunited with Angie and all of the family who proceeded you.

    Until we meet again. 🙏🏼

  • Adrian and Ruth Dickinson Posted June 29, 2024 8:24 pm

    We are say to her about David passing
    David was a great man he loves his family and life.

  • Craig Wilkins Posted June 30, 2024 7:18 am

    I go back at least 35 years in the business world with Dave, but he was more of a friend. Sadly, Omaha has lost both Dave and Corky East – long-time builders – in the course of a few weeks. Our prayers to June and the entire, wonderful Paik family.

  • Jaylene Eilenstine Posted July 1, 2024 7:08 am

    MOBA’s thoughts and prayers are with the Paik family. Dave was a long time member and contributed a lot to Omaha’s home building industry. He will be missed.

    Metro Omaha Builders Associaton

  • Celeste Reinhard Posted July 3, 2024 2:53 pm

    June and family, I am so sorry for your devastating loss! Dave was a wonderful, kind, and caring family man! My prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time!

  • Bob Danielson Posted July 4, 2024 9:47 am

    My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Rebecca Ryan Posted July 9, 2024 9:14 pm

    June, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your kids, extended family, and friends.. I’m extremely grateful for the nearly 10 years of business you, Dave, and Ralph brought to Final Clean Company. Dave was a mentor to me during those years and I imagine to many other contractors who worked on his homes. He’ll be missed by so many.

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