Denver Dwaine Schmadeke

Denver Dwaine Schmadeke

11/4/1949 – 12/26/2020

Denver passed away at Methodist Hospital COVID unit.  He was born in Lincoln, Ne to Lawrence and Viola Schmadeke. He graduated high school in Creighton, Ne and from the University of Nebraska Omaha with degrees in Fire Protection Technology and Industrial Engineering. He retired from the Omaha Fire Department as an Assistant Chief after serving 31 years.  He also taught and administered the Fire Protection Technology program at UNO for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and best friend, Jo Ann (Pittack) Schmadeke; daughters, Jenna Iles (Lanny), Meghan Sedlacek (Keith), and eight beautiful grandchildren he adored:  Mia, Thane, Saige, Sutton, Landry, Brady, Baylor and Brynnlie; sister, Joyce Goedeker of Denver, Colorado; sister-in-law, Charlene Schmadeke of Crofton, Ne; two nephews and a niece.

A Celebration of Life Service will be planned for a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Westwood Church Omaha, 13056 Atwood Ave., Omaha, Ne 68144


  • Jim Smutny Posted December 29, 2020 8:46 am

    So sorry to hear of Denver’s passing. He was a good friend to my dad and the rest of our family. I remember first meeting Denver when I was a teenager at the OFD station in Millard and then many years later moved in down the street in Mission Park. RIP Denver. Jim Smutny

  • Frank and Dixie Fkeming Posted December 29, 2020 2:42 pm

    Our prayers are with you and the families. Denver was such a dear heart.. May the Lord gift you strength through this journey and in His promise to be with each other again one day.

  • Steve Bogue Posted December 29, 2020 5:19 pm

    I served with Denver for several years on the BOard of Make_A-Wish. He did a great job with the organization and the children who were granted wishes. He was a great person to work with, and became a friend in the process. He will be missed.

  • Glenna Hale Posted December 29, 2020 5:43 pm

    May blessed memories of a beautiful life shared go with you on this journey! Hugs and prayers for strength and grace are coming your way! Glenna

  • Nick Patrick Posted December 29, 2020 6:09 pm

    We just heard that Denver passed and we are in shock. Very sorry to hear this news. I was just texting with him recently to chat about the holidays and his winter plans. He was a great neighbor and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations across the yards. God bless

  • Sunita Jain Posted December 29, 2020 6:19 pm

    Denver will be missed. He was a gentleman and a friend. His pictures says it all for who he was. RIP Denver.

  • Colleen Fish Posted December 29, 2020 6:35 pm

    Joann, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Denver. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Know that the Clarkson crew and 2OP is definitely with you in prayer and spirit. In deepest sympathy, Colleen Fish

  • Rod and Linda Heining Posted December 30, 2020 9:02 am

    May the wonderful memories of Denver carry you and your family through this difficult time Jo Ann. He was a kind, loving man and we will miss him very much. God’s peace.

  • Paul & Pam Sedlacek Posted December 30, 2020 9:58 am

    It was with great sadness that we learned of Denver’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May memories give you peace and comfort. God Bless you and your family. Paul and Pam

  • Scott Shelton Posted December 30, 2020 12:26 pm

    Ronda and I are so saddened by Denver’s passing. We’ve known Denver and Joanne for just a few years. But that was enough time to see the kindness and good humor that Denver always brought to every occasion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Tom and Gayle Cook Posted December 30, 2020 7:56 pm

    Sending our love and deepest sympathy to you and your family, Jo Ann. We pray that the Lord will give you comfort, peace, and courage.

  • Chris Lang Posted December 30, 2020 8:09 pm

    Our entire family is mourning the lose of a great man, husband, father and neighbor. Denver took such pride is his profession as a fire fighter and teacher to the younger men is his command. Always had the “best lawn” in his neighborhood !!! Our hearts ache is his passing!!!!

  • Vicki Ullery Posted December 31, 2020 10:00 am

    Craig and I are sending your family a big virtual hug, Jo Ann. We will greatly miss Denver and are so proud to have known him.

  • Vicki Shaner Posted January 2, 2021 10:20 am

    JoAnne and family,
    John & I were so sorry & surprised to hear of Denver’s passing. He was so active and involved with the grandkids that he will be greatly missed by so many. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Scott Carty Posted January 2, 2021 10:31 am

    Dearest JoAnn and family,
    We have you in our thoughts and pray for solace for you and your family. Denver was a true sweetheart and loved his gental manner. He will be truly missed and thought of fondly by all that knew him. Much love, Denise and Scott Carty

  • Dennis & Bette Lynn Blais Posted January 2, 2021 10:15 pm

    We are so very saddened to hear about Denver. Our very deepest condolences to you Jo Ann and family.

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