Delbert L. Sempek

Delbert L. Sempek

November 10, 1939-January 27, 2022 

Age 82. Survived by wife, Vicki; children: Christopher Sempek (Maria Guadalupe), Delynn Ellis (Dave), Ben Sempek (Ania); grandchildren: Clark, AJ and Madelynn Ellis, Maria Sempekova.

VISITATION begins Sunday, February 6th at 3pm with a WAKE SERVICE at 5pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL: Monday, February 7th at 10:30 am St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive.  Interment: St. John Kanty Cemetery.  Memorials to Serra Club of Omaha or St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

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There is a famous slogan, “Leave nothing on the table.”  Del Sempek was frequently heard quoting this phrase and, likewise, it was how he lived his life.  All who knew him could see that his faith and family were his top priorities.  He was a husband,  father, grandfather, uncle, godfather, boss, and a friend to many.        

Born November 10, 1939, in Omaha, Nebraska, he was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Bernice (Madura) Sempek; brother, Donald Sempek.

Del grew up in the Polish area of South Omaha and attended St. Francis Assisi School where the responsibility of being an altar server greatly influenced his life.  This sense of service inspired him to join the Serra Club of Omaha, which recognizes the achievements of altar servers.  Del was a member for 32 years and was named Serran of the Year in 2015.  He also was a frequent lector for the television production of the Omaha Mass for Shut-ins.       

Del graduated from South High in 1957.  His varied interests included playing sports, singing in the choir, writing scripts for the theater department, and weightlifting.  While acting in a high school play, he met his lovely wife, Vicki McKinney.  He married Vicki in 1960 and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage.  Del graduated from Creighton University with a BSBA Degree in 1963, putting himself through school by working at the Omaha Stockyards, all while supporting a young family.  

He is survived by children and their spouses: Chris Sempek (Maria Guadalupe), Delynn Ellis (Dave), Ben Sempek (Ania); four grandchildren: Clark Ellis, AJ Ellis, Madelynn Ellis and Maria Sempekova.        

After moving to western Nebraska for work, his family eventually settled in Omaha.  Del was a fixture at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, becoming involved in everything from the Parish Council to the church variety shows.  He coached football, softball, and baseball for the Prairie Lane Athletic Association.  Del enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially the camaraderie of hunting, as he traveled to western Nebraska, during hunting season, with his family and friends.          

Later Vicki and Del would settle in a different part of Omaha where he took his enthusiasm for his Catholic faith to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.  He was a frequent lector, EME, and religious education teacher, and eventually served on the St. John Kanty Cemetery Board.           

Del’s education was in business, but his calling was to work with his hands as a life-long contractor of many trades, where he eventually retired from the City of Omaha.  Creative ideas came naturally to Del.  He was a “one man think tank.”  Del was the one you went to if you needed a name for a business,  band, or speech idea, even in his twilight years.  He put this creativity into his own projects, whether he was refinishing his basement or designing a garden.           

Del was “that guy,” the one who showed up, on time, sharply dressed, ready with a story, a song, or a helping hand, all punctuated with wit.  He remembered your name and how to pronounce it.  Del also had a listening ear for your story and encouraged you to tell it.           

While stricken with a rare disease two years ago, his family marveled at his will to live and strength to push on against the odds, leaving nothing on the table.  His hospice nurse deemed him, “The toughest patient I’ve ever seen.”  Everyone who met Del will miss his colorful personality, cheerful smile, and fighting spirit.



  • Hilda Freimuth Posted February 3, 2022 9:39 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Ben’s father passing. I never knew him but if he was as kind and gentle as his son Ben, he was an amazing human. My condolences to the family.

  • Leslie Cross Posted February 3, 2022 9:43 am

    Delynn, love to you and your family. Your father sounds like an amazing man and I know he will be truly missed. May your family find comfort in God’s healing embrace.

  • Janet Campbell Posted February 3, 2022 5:59 pm

    Love and prayers for you and your family, Delynn! I am sorry for your loss of your wonderful father.
    “ Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him”

  • Mike Spinharney Posted February 5, 2022 10:30 pm

    God bless Del…you were s humble and special person.

  • Patty Gray Posted February 6, 2022 12:05 pm

    Delynn and family,
    What a beautiful tribute to your father. He has left an amazing legacy within his children and grandchildren .They carry on his talents and grateful, helping heart. Peace to all of you.
    Love, Patty Gray

  • Carol Sempek, Tommy Sempek Posted February 7, 2022 8:17 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Del was a good man and cousin. Our prayers are with you and Del. Carol Sempek, Tommy Sempe from Florida.

  • Mickey Straley Overfelt Posted February 7, 2022 8:30 am

    Delbert sat with us at Msgr Wolbach’s induction into South High Hall of Fame. Thank you for the memories of that. May you rest in peace and tell all those Sempeks hello from all of the relatives. Prayers to the family.

  • Maria Guadalupe Sempek Posted February 7, 2022 12:26 pm

    My condolenes to my Husband Chris,and to all the family,I knew Del for a very short time,but i could see that he was such a very nice person,May he rest in peace..,

  • Anna E. Sempek Posted February 7, 2022 2:21 pm

    Remembering my father-in-law, Delbert Sempek,
    wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in my heart. May Delbert rest in peace!

    I would like to express my sincere condolences for my husband Benjamin and all Delbert’s family. Delbert will live on in our memories forever…

    Delbert’s message to all of us is in this song: Lord You Have Come to the Seashore

    • R.I.P. Posted February 9, 2022 7:06 am

      The Polish version of the hymn: Lord You Have Come to the Seashore

      • R.I.P. Posted February 9, 2022 8:22 am

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