Dr. Joseph C. Nemec, D.D.S.
August 15, 1927 – July 10, 2022
Preceded in death by parents, Karoline V. (Krytiner) and Joseph H. Nemec; in-laws, Frank and Ann Ponec; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Dr. Thomas Boyle; niece; grandparents; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and patients. Survived by wife, Carol A. (Ponec) Nemec; son, Joseph F. Nemec; sister-in-law, Kathryn Ponec; nephew and family.
VISITATION: Wednesday, July 13th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, July 14th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St. Interment: Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame Sisters Retirement Fund and Christ the King Catholic Church.
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Joe Nemec attended St. Wenceslaus Grade School, graduating in 1941, and completed high school at Creighton Prep in three years. He graduated from Creighton University in 1950 as a Dentist at age 22. While teaching at the Creighton Dental School he volunteered for the U.S. Air Force but was allocated to the U.S. Army instead. He was a Dentist (Lt.) with the U.S. Army Dental Corps, Fort Knox Armored Division (Tanks) in Louisville, Kentucky. He served for two years, from July of 1953 to July of 1955, and in the Army Reserves; he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain on November 20, 1961.
Joe married Carol Ponec on March 24, 1976 at Assumption Catholic Church in Omaha.
In the summer of 1955, he opened his dental office in Ralston, Nebraska and resumed teaching Crown and Bridge at Creighton for a few years after opening his practice. When he retired on December 31, 2007, at the age of 80, he had treated four generations of patients from Ralston, Omaha, and the surrounding area.
As a child Joe enjoyed traveling to Oklahoma to visit his grandparents, and later, to visit relatives in Colorado. There were many vacations to the National Parks in the western United States, and he also visited friends in Wisconsin. After he and Carol married, he visited Florida many times, traveling by car and air. When son Joseph was little, there were many trips to Disney World and other amusement parks, and after Joseph went to college, there were several trips to North Dakota.
An avid runner, Joe also played tennis, ice skated, and did some cross-country skiing. As a young man, Joe often said he wanted to be a pilot. When his son, Joseph, began making model airplanes, many weekends were spent flying the models and attending model airplane shows. Years later, while Joseph was accumulating flight hours, Joe enjoyed being the “co-pilot.” He flew in gliders and seaplanes, as well as single- and twin-engine planes.
And somehow, while engaging in all these activities, Joe managed to find time to arrange several class reunions for his out-of-town dental school classmates, something that gave him a good deal of pleasure.