Dennis James Coonfield, Jr.

Dennis James Coonfield, Jr.

Today we say farewell to a man who touched our lives forever. He was a son, a brother, a friend, a partner and a soulmate. Dennis “DJ” Coonfield, Jr. was born February 13, 1988, in Omaha Nebraska.  Dennis lived his life in Omaha and graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Dennis was so many things to so many people.  Dennis was a music lover, a tireless reader, an animal lover and a student of history. Dennis was a friend, a confidant and a shining light to all who knew him.

Dennis is survived by his parents, Dennis Sr. and Pam Coonfield of Omaha; brothers, Ben (Katie) Coonfield of Omaha and Mike (Jazmin) Coonfield also of Omaha; nephews: Oliver, Vincent & Shepard Coonfield; grandmothers, Mary Coonfield and Margie Gay; partner and soulmate of four years, Genevieve Bachinski; cats, Minnow and Pixie.

We will miss you forever Dennis, but we are all enriched by your presence in our lives.

“I wish you didn’t have to go through this.

But I know what you’ll do about it.

You’ll learn, and You’ll fight, and you’ll rise above. “


  • Sara Schladweiler (Newberry) Posted April 28, 2023 8:04 pm

    To Pam and Family,

    I am so truly sorry to hear of your loss. Please know I am thinking of you during this difficult time and sending lots of love your way.


  • Laura Bergevin Posted April 29, 2023 5:31 am

    Dennis your spirit shone through and touched so many people in a short time at QLI. Your smile and heart will be remembered and celebrated. Much love and light to you and your loved ones during this time.

  • Christopher Garinger Posted April 29, 2023 1:03 pm

    Words can’t express how saddened I’m to hear about DJ. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Jill Schott Posted April 29, 2023 1:07 pm

    It was an absolute pleasure to work with Dennis during his time at QLI. He was such a joy to be around and I’ll always remember his sweet smile despite all he went through. Sending love to you and all your loved ones.

  • Symidahl “Symi” Okereke Posted April 29, 2023 4:46 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about DJ! Hang in there Coonfield family, I’m praying for you!

  • Christopher Tuan Posted April 29, 2023 5:52 pm

    To the Coonfield family,
    I am praying for you and for Dj. Learning of his passing, I was hurt. Dj was one of my best and oldest friends. I will cherish all of our memories together. If there is anything you need, I am always here to help.
    “Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
    Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
    Where is the harp on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
    Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
    They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
    The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
    Who shall gather the smoke of the deadwood burning,
    Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?”
    -Quote from King Theoden, The Two Towers

  • Kaitlin Quintana Hageman Posted April 29, 2023 7:19 pm

    My thoughts are with you Coonfield family. DJ was so kind to me. We went to school together growing up and lived in the same neighborhood. Rest easy DJ.

  • Kevin Brown Posted April 29, 2023 8:58 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this tough time Condolences from The Browns

  • Karen & Richard Gnam Posted April 29, 2023 9:09 pm

    Dennis, Pam, Ben, Mike, and other family members: We are so, so very sorry to learn of DJ’s death. He was such a wonderful person. He will be missed!!! All of you are in our thoughts and prayers!!

  • Michelle Moerke Posted April 30, 2023 7:30 am

    What a bright light he was, still is and always will be…sending everything I have to the Coonfield family and his beautiful Gin as well as all whose lives he touched. Rock on, DJ. You’ve got the best seat in the house.
    Love and 🙏
    -front desk Michelle

  • Amanda Reynolds Posted April 30, 2023 7:49 am

    Our community has truly lost one of the good ones. He was weird in the best ways possible. He always made sure you felt included and comfortable in group settings. Your soul just felt like it had a little more color when you were around DJ. He had this certain magnetism about him yet he was always patient with others. Here’s to Friday night football games in band uniforms being dorks, my friend.

  • Sheila Kuhfahl Posted April 30, 2023 2:18 pm

    Even though it was a short time with us in House 2 at QLI it was a pleasure to work with him .We all so much enjoyed him and loved that smile. Sending my love and prayers to all of the family.

  • Cassidy Fletcher Posted May 1, 2023 2:24 am

    DJ was an insta-friend for me: passing books we’d finished to each other between classes quickly grew to hangs filled with music swaps and many giggles. I still have a giant stack of CDs in my car with DJ’s handwriting on them “Calexico: Cassidy, you’ll really like this.” After high school we spent some creative time writing music together, going to as many jazz shows in Omaha as we could find, and worked together at the coffee roastery. His presence in my life was, in a word, enriching – and I can’t imagine those chapters without him.

    Thank you, DJ, for all of those delicious years of music, wit, literature, growing, and pure unadulterated kinship. I will do my best to honor you by trying to be as good, warm, patient and caring a friend as you were for me.

    Sending all my love to the Coonfield family, to our mutual friends, and to Genevieve.

  • The Fletcher Family Posted May 3, 2023 2:28 pm

    Our son Benjamin and our daughter Cassidy went to Burke and were good friends with Ben and DJ. This news has been hard for them as they had asked that our family pray for DJ and we all hoped against hope that something would improve for him.
    Please know we now pray for those of you who have survived him as you all navigate these difficult waters.
    God surround you all with His perfect love and peace.
    DJ leaves a legacy of fierce love, forever friendships and all things lovely. He will not be forgotten.

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