Don W. Lieberknecht

Don W. Lieberknecht

March 30, 1934 – July 11, 2021

Preceded in death by wife, Barbara A.   Survived by daughters, Melissa Noonan (Joe), Lori Herwig (Bob); grandchildren: Brittany Buch (Jeff), Ryan Noonan (Maggie), Hunter Herwig; great-grandchildren, Harrison and Walter Buch; brother, Richard Lieberknecht (Laverne).

The family will receive friends Monday, July 19th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, July 20th at 1pm at Morning Star Lutheran Church, 331 S. 85th Avenue.  Interment with Military Honors: Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to VNA Hospice.

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Don W, Lieberknecht passed away on July 11, 2021, at the age of 87 in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. 

His battle with prostate cancer in recent years showed his courage in facing life’s challenges with faith and a smile.  Despite the pain, Don came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.

He met the love of his life, Barbi, while working in a grocery store.  Don and Barbi’s parents lived on the same street while they were growing up.  They shared two daughters, Melissa and Lori.

Don graduated from the University of Nebraska College with a degree in Civil Engineering E-2491 and the University of Illinois with a Master’s in Engineering.  He served in the Navy and actively in the Navy Reserves.  Don retired as a Navy Commander in the Civil Engineering Corp.  He was part of the See Bee Battalion.

Don loved sports.  He was a member of the Omaha Sports Club where he and Barb went on snow ski trips, played golf and tennis a couple times a week and lived an active and faith filled lifestyle.  Don loved handball and worked out at the Jewish Community Center.  University of NE sports were a passion – he followed baseball, football, ladies’ volleyball, softball, or basketball.

Don was a very active member of Morning Star Church.  He loved to sing and participated in choir, Bible study, Stephen Ministry, and taught Sunday School.  Being of German descent, he loved the German American Society, Inc. and sang with the choir.

Don loved his family and even though the girls lived in different states, daily phone calls kept them in touch.  Don will be remembered as a man of courage, intelligence, a sport nut, a great dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Don was preceded in death by parents, Walt and Evelyn; beloved wife, Barb.  Survived by daughters, Melissa Noonan (Joe), Lori Herwig (Bob); grandchildren: Brittany Buch (Jeff), Ryan (Maggie, Hunter Herwig; great-grandchildren, Harrison and Walter Buch; brother, Richard (Laverne) nieces, Lisa, Julie.


1 Condolence

  • Patrick McCann Posted July 15, 2021 3:15 pm

    Hi Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. Your parents are now together again. I hope you and your family find comfort. Don & Barb are probally playing tennis or pickleball in heaven. Your parents were always active, having fun and smiling’

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