Donald G. “Gary” Kathol

Donald G. “Gary” Kathol

April 12, 1942 – May 8, 2021

Donald G. “Gary” Kathol passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 8, 2021 at the age of 79.  He displayed extreme courage and perseverance while battling serious medical issues in recent years.

Gary was born in Hartington, Nebraska to Donald Leo and Grace Mary (McCloud) Kathol.  They later moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Gary attended and graduated from Creighton Prep in 1960.  He began his career at Lamp Rynearson in 1961 and in 1962 attended Omaha University where he later graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1969.  During his career at Lamp Rynearson, Gary worked as a survey crew member, draftsman, designer, Engineering Planning Head, Vice President, and Executive Vice President.  He served as President of Lamp Rynearson from 1981 to 1997 and as Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2001.  Gary served as Chairman Emeritus until his retirement in 2007.

At age 11, Gary began working as a caddy at the Omaha Country Club (OCC) under caddy master Kevin O’Connor.  At that time he set a long-range plan to someday become an OCC member which he accomplished in 1979.  In 1983, he served on the Board of Directors and as Club President from 1988-1989.

Gary served on many boards and committees among which included, the Nebraska President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Chairman of the ACEC National Public Relations Committee.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau and the South-Southwest YMCA.  Gary was a member of the Boys Town Boosters and served on the Douglas County Planning Commission.  He received numerous awards and accolades throughout his professional career, including the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year award in 1975 and the Engineer of the Year award in 2002.

Gary enjoyed hosting large gatherings with family and friends.  You would often find him standing next to his Weber grill while telling a good story in great detail or describing a previous adventure to his guests.  He was a man of tradition and found great joy and pride in gathering with his large family.  He also enjoyed skiing, golfing, traveling, fishing, stamp collecting, and a good glass of wine while relaxing outside.

Gary was proceeded in death by his parents, Donald and Grace Mary Kathol.  He is survived by his wife, Judith, of 45 years; sons: Steve (Michaella), Randy (Trish), Andy (Jenn); daughters: Christine Schlagenhauff, Carlene Bahun (Steve), Alison Jones (Harlan), Anna Stumpf (Bruno); grandchildren: Nicole Williams, Tyler, Collyn, and Evan Schlagenhauff, Lauren, Jesse, and Kaylee Bahun, Kalyn, Michael, Hannah, and Jenna Kathol, Madison, Kelsey, and Rachel Kathol, Trevor, Ryan, and Jessica Jones; Dylan Murphy, Jace Kathol; Julian and Nolan Stumpf; great-grandchildren: Isabella, Stephen, Charlie, Lamonte, Coen, Aubrie, Harper, Claire; brothers: Gene (Patti), Tim, Bob (Linda); many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICES.  CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at the Omaha Country Club on Sunday, June 6th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Kevin O’Connor Caddy Scholarship Fund (OCC), Creighton Prep, Boys Town, Salvation Army (Omaha branch) or South-Southwest YMCA.




  • Gene Kathol Posted May 11, 2021 2:05 pm

    See you on the other side, brother!

  • Julie Messer Posted May 11, 2021 3:10 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the Family. I have missed my monthly phone calls from Gary. I always enjoyed talking with him about any and everything. I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences from the Investors family.

  • George Barna Posted May 11, 2021 5:07 pm

    Our sympathy and condolences for Judy and entire family. Gary will be missed but we’ll all see him in heaven. May God bless Gary and Gary’s entire family.

  • Arva Herman Posted May 11, 2021 8:07 pm

    As Secretary Emeritus of Kiwanis Club of Omaha (Downtown Club), I remember Gary as a quiet supporter of the club and its Foundation. He joined Kiwanis is 1982 and was a loyal, supportive member. My sincere condolences.

  • Marguerite barna Posted May 12, 2021 8:41 am

    Your in our thoughts Judy and Family. He will surely be missed. Sending prayers your way to keep all the beautiful memories alive until you meet again with our Lord.

  • Joe & Patti Gehringer Posted May 12, 2021 12:05 pm

    Our hearts are heavy saying good-bye to a wonderful friend for over 60 years! Gary was a very special person to know and he will always be remembered and missed by us! Our prayers are with Judy and all of his family. Rest in peace, dear friend!

  • Angie Kathol Posted May 13, 2021 5:14 pm

    To Judy and my cousins and all of Gary’s children my heart goes out to you all. , Rest In Peace my 1st cousin

  • Erika Henderson and Christina Ludewig Posted May 14, 2021 12:37 pm

    May memories of Gary give you strength in the days ahead. Please know that our thoughts are with you today and in the many days to come. With deepest sympathy, Erika and Christina

  • Jim & Sherry Ruggles Posted May 14, 2021 10:54 pm

    Sorry to hear about Gary. Our prayers be with you Judy and his children. Was always great and interesting visiting with Gary.

    also was interesting visiting with Gary.

  • Jim & Emily Moore Posted May 15, 2021 11:36 am

    To Judy, and all of cousin Gary’s family – please know that we are praying to our Father in heaven for His perfect comfort for you.

  • Leon R. Golding Posted May 15, 2021 6:10 pm

    Gary Kathol, may you rest in peace.
    Sympathy too your family.
    Thanks for the 11 years+ of employment at Lamp Rynearson & Associates.

    Leon R. Golding 😰
    Panama City Beach, Florida

  • John Miller Posted May 17, 2021 6:34 pm

    I wish to extend my deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
    Jack Miller (prep “60)

  • Bill Kathol & Linda Head Posted June 4, 2021 5:04 pm

    Gary was a great man who did so much for so many. His accomplishments will live on!

  • Norma Halstead Posted June 5, 2021 6:59 am

    Sending Peace and thoughts and prayers to all the cousins as you gather to celebrate Gary’s life here on earth.

  • Kelly Kathol Posted June 19, 2021 8:40 pm

    May Gary rest in peace and the family live life in peace, love, and hope the way that Gary would want.
    Our Love,
    Josephine and Kelly

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