Douglas E. Vavra

Douglas E. Vavra

April 18, 1954 – July 19, 2023

Preceded in death by sister, Dee Dee Elsberry; parents, Leonard and Delphine Vavra

Survived by, daughters, Cherie Shiller (Jim), Melissa Stanek (Rick); grandchildren: Cody, Jaimi (Payton), Bradyn and Brynn; great granddaughter, Gemma; siblings: Debra Ritter (Bob), David Vavra, Donnie Vavra (Patty), Dionne Weber (Howard).

Visitation begins Wednesday, July 26th from 5-7PM at West Center Chapel with Funeral Services at 7PM.


  • Mike Matheny Posted July 21, 2023 9:48 am

    Condolences to the entire Vavra family. I got to work with Doug for 20+ years. He was someone people looked up to. He worked hard and always did the right thing to take care of customers. He was a prankster, mentor, and a good friend. He gave me a few Kentucky Derby winners over the years. More importantly, I know how much his girls and grandkids meant to him. Rest easy friend.

  • Jason Root Posted July 21, 2023 4:06 pm

    Doug and I started out as just co workers but ended up being pretty good pals. We had lots of great laughs great times at work and outside of work. He will definitely will be missed. My condolences go out to his daughters to his family and all his friends. I’m going to miss you rest easy pal.

  • TERRY SCHWARZENBACH Posted July 21, 2023 4:38 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Doug for 25 years. Doug was a great guy all around. I met him first in the late 80s when he worked at Nebraska Warehouse and hired him when we built our distribution center in 1992 on F Street. Everyone loved Doug. He was a hard worker and always was a good example for others. I would always tease him and say I needed him to learn different parts of our operations (I knew he just wanted to be left alone to “sling water” as he would put it). He would always respond with a long – eaaassssyyy. I still say that to this day. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family. Rest well my friend Doug.

  • Charlie Sempek Posted July 21, 2023 5:59 pm

    I knew and worked with Doug for 15 years he taught me a lot at work how to take care of customers and he had a good sense of humor he will be missed till we meet again my friend Rip

  • Charlie Sempek Posted July 21, 2023 11:07 pm

    Doug was a good man I knew and worked with him for 15 years I Learned a lot from him how to take care of customers the right way and he was funny and a pleasure to work with R I p

  • Dave Conrad Posted July 22, 2023 7:16 pm

    So sad to hear of this news. I worked with Doug for several years and I’ll never see another hard worker than him. Rest in Peace, my friend. 🙏 My deepest condolences to Doug’s family and friends.

  • Frances Posted July 23, 2023 9:37 pm

    It was a pleasure to have known Doug i worked with him for 24 1/2 years we became very good friends I am going to miss him I just wish I knew he was sick I could’ve went and seen him before he passed 😭 rip Douglas to all the vavra family especially you missy I am so very sorry for your loss 😢

  • Lauri Dyer Posted July 24, 2023 12:23 pm

    My deepest condoléances to everyone that knew & loved Doug. May you feel peace knowing you gained an angel to watch over you. May he rest in peace.

  • Randy Franson Posted July 25, 2023 9:17 am

    My heartfelt condolences to Missy, Jaimi, Don and the rest of the Vavra family. I will always remember Doug and cherish the memories he provided over the past 30 years. You will be missed my friend. God’s Speed buddy!

  • Bill and Marissa Chaney Posted July 25, 2023 10:06 am

    Bill and I were both blessed to work with Doug. He always had the best smiles and was full of encouragement. He created memories with everyone. Sympathies to Doug’s family and friends.

  • Pat Conell connell Posted July 26, 2023 11:55 am

    It was so sad to hear of Doug’s passing. Doug and i grew up together infar east Omaha ,off of Bancroft school. Doug and i were always pranksters and were always joking around. I remember Doug being a great baseball player and he had quite the accurate arm. We attended High school together and still learned alot and still joked together. He will be missed. – Pat

  • Michael Parson Posted July 26, 2023 2:13 pm

    My condolences to the whole Vavra family. Doug was one of a kind for sure. In the 5-6 years I got to know him from work, he was a pleasure to work with. Always one of the few you could always count on for leadership and to lend a helping hand. He will be missed !! RIH Dougie

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