Dr. James V. Huerter, Sr.
August 17, 1925 – July 25, 2022
Dr. James V. Huerter, Sr. was born in Seneca, Kansas on August 17, 1925. He remained there until his graduation from high school in 1943, when he enthusiastically joined the Army in support of the United States war effort. He was stationed in Guam where he was responsible for overseeing the building of a Catholic chapel; for this he was awarded a Bronze Star. He took advantage of the GI Bill, enrolled in Creighton University in the fall of 1946, and graduated from Dental School in 1952, the same year he was voted King Creighton. He loved Creighton, especially the Blue Jays. He had men’s basketball season tickets from 1946 through 2017. Jim was enrolled in the Creighton University Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society in 1982.
Jim married Therese Ann Quinlan on June 11, 1949. Together they welcomed 10 children into the world: 3 girls and 7 boys. Therese was the absolute love of his life, and they were married for 58 years before Therese’s death in 2007. Jim had a large and successful pediatric dental practice from 1952 through 1997, the year he retired. He was beloved by his patients due to his kindness, humor, and sincere interest in them. He served as both President of the Omaha Dental Society 1977-78 and Nebraska Dental Society 1981-82. Additionally, he received a Presidential Citation from the American Dental Association and was inducted into the National Fellowship of College of Dentists in 1978. In 1977, he was the recipient of Children’s Memorial Hospital Humanitarian Award for his contribution to the Cleft Palate Team.
His Catholic faith was the most important thing in his life. He attended daily Mass from the time he was 14, and he was an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church for 68 years. Therese joined him in daily Mass, as she shared his love of the Catholic Church. He served as the President of the Omaha Serra Club. Jim was sincerely interested in others and was loved for his warmth, humor, and charm.
Jim led a full and happy life. Despite increasing health issues, he accepted his poor heath and limitations with acceptance, humor, and grace.
VISITATION: Friday, July 29th from 3pm to 5pm, and again from 6:15pm to 7pm, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Ave. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, July 30th at 10am at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Interment with Military Honors: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Creighton University School of Dentistry-Dr. James and Therese Huerter Scholarship; Duchesne Academy; Holy Cross Catholic Church; and Catholic Charities of the Omaha Archdiocese.
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