Donald “Don” R. Vacek

Donald “Don” R. Vacek

January 3, 1929 – August 20, 2019

Don was proudly born in South Omaha, graduating from Omaha South High School and joining the Navy before a 42-year career with McKesson and Nebraska Wine & Spirits. He loved gardening, being a member of Omaha Fish & Wildlife Club, volunteered through numerous organizations during his 90 years of life, and was the eternal Cubs fan.

Don is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children: Mary Diane Neneman (Wally), Shirley Copple (Dave), Donald Jr. (Mary Pat), Tricia Sullivan (Jim), Mark (Jill), and Cindy (Matt Anderson); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers and sisters.

The Family will receive friends on Sunday, August 25th, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:  Monday, August 26th at 10am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St.  Interment: Westlawn with military honors.

Memorials may be directed to the family.


  • Linda Hanson Posted August 22, 2019 3:15 pm

    The Hanson family’s thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. We will always remember Don and words of wisdom at Lakeland. He holds a special place in our hearts. From giving Patrick the “catfish trophy” to providing comfort to Christina when she had the “blood gushing cut” on her finger. We could always count on Don for a smile and laugh. God Bless the Vacek.

  • Rosemary Hinwood Posted August 22, 2019 5:13 pm

    Thinking of all of you with the loss of your Father. We have wonderful memories of our times together. Your Dad was a special man. Rose

  • Kevin Nieto Posted August 22, 2019 6:34 pm

    We lost a SOUTH OMAHA LEGEND MAY HE RIP🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

  • renee flott Posted August 23, 2019 6:41 am

    Sorry for your loss. Allison and I have you in our prayers. He was a great man always smiling. May he rest in peace.

  • Jim & Marilyn Alessandro Posted August 24, 2019 8:21 am

    So sorry Don, he is resting in peace now!

  • Katherine Murray Posted August 24, 2019 9:28 am

    Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way and family. May he rest in peace.

  • Katherine Murray Posted August 24, 2019 9:30 am

    Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way, and family. May he rest in peace.

  • Bucky & Jean Morris Posted August 25, 2019 3:08 pm

    Remembering our years as neighbors on Turtle Road, serving as Directors for the “Omaha Fish & Wildlife Club” and enjoying our visits or waves as you drove by our trailer! You and Dorothy were dedicated hard workers for the club, wanting only the BEST! You will be missed dear friend: “Those we Love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear!” Sympathies to Dorothy and your family; Bucky and Jean

  • Evangeliou Family Posted August 27, 2019 10:18 am

    Cindy and the Vacek family.. Please accept our sincere sympathies and condolences. Although we did not have the pleasure of meeting Don I have had the opportunity to work and pleasure to know Cindy and the wonderful, caring and compassionate lady I know is a reflection of wonderful parents and tremendous father. It is through that lens that we express our sympathies for you.
    The Evangeliou Family

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