Elmer W. McCann

Elmer W. McCann

January 12, 1940 – January 25, 2024

Elmer William McCann was born to Elmer and Mayme (Crowe) McCann on January 12, 1940   ,in Osceola, Iowa. Elmer met his wife, Kay Spidle, when they both attended Leon High School. The two were married for 62 years. Elmer attended Creighton University and graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1963. Together they raised nine children in the Omaha area. Elmer worked at Powers Pharmacy located at 24th & Farnam for many years before purchasing the business in 1978.  He put in many long hours there.  Kay did the bookkeeping and the kids grew up working the cash register, lunch counter, and making deliveries.  He touched many lives in the Omaha area, treating his clients as family.

Elmer served on various committees for church, community, and business organizations. He spent time with his children at Omaha Field Club and in the Field Club neighborhood.  Despite working long hours at the drug store, Elmer managed to attend most activities and sporting events as the kids were growing up. He participated in the Missouri River Raft Regatta with various children over the years.

Elmer highly valued Catholic education and his Catholic faith. In recent years, he started every morning with live-streamed Mass. He was there for his children’s and grandchildren’s Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Graduations. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and cheering on the Creighton Bluejays. As the family continued to grow, Elmer was able to enjoy many family gatherings, especially after retiring. After raising their family in the Omaha area, Kay and Elmer returned to their Iowa roots, moving to Crescent, Iowa, where they lived for 18 years. He was known to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Grandpa Fudd,” and sometimes just “Fudd.”

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; his son, John D. McCann; and his siblings and their spouses: Betty and Fred Hipsley, Maurice and Beverly McCann, John and Mary McCann.  He is survived by his wife, Kay; his son, Shane McCann; his daughters: Julie Hagan (Brian), Michelle Landolt (Ken), Kelly Laughlin (Dave), Theresa Cassidy (John), Jennifer Buckley (Matt), Beth Jewett (Mark), Megan Fletcher (James); and daughter-in-law, Colette (Reinhard) McCann.  He is survived by 42 grandchildren: Rebecca, Rachel, and Luke McCann; Chad and Morganne Petty; Kathleen Sheehy; Stephanie Lauer; Michael Hagan; Amanda Fleischman; Kelsey Byman; Kristen Bender; Megan Boehm; KJ, Jacob, Lexie, Keanu, and Grace Landolt; David, Tom, Jackie, and Joe Laughlin; John, Andrew, Lauren, Steve, and Joe Cassidy; Zoe Cunningham; Cody, Weston, Bailey, Davis, and Ziva McCann; Matthew, Michael, Conor, and Brendan Buckley; Owen and Paige Jewett; Clayton Fullingim; Nathan, Charlie, and Aly Fletcher; and 20 great-grandchildren.

ROSARY: Saturday, February 3rd, 9:30 a.m., followed by VISITATION from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., and MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Dr.

In lieu of flowers, the Family requests Memorials to Mercy High School, Creighton Preparatory School, or Mount Michael High School.

To view a live broadcast of the SERVICES, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Pul and Maura Martin Posted January 29, 2024 3:08 pm

    Our condolences, love and prayers go out to the entire McCann family. As friends of the Laughlins, we have heard the many stories about Elmer – his faith, dedication to his family, and his fun-loving nature. And, we are blessed tto be able to experience his legacy through Kelly and her beautiful family.. Sending our love.

  • Kay Olson. Posted January 29, 2024 3:11 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. My sincere condolences to you and all your family.

  • Matt and Rhonda Brewer Posted January 29, 2024 3:15 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Love, Matt, Rhonda, Steven Brewer

  • Enola Stolz ( Spindle) Posted January 30, 2024 9:10 am

    I am so very sorry to hear about Uncle Elmer. I have fond memories of him as a child. Sending prayers to All the McCann family.

  • Lynn Burkhardt Posted January 30, 2024 12:46 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your lifelong partner!

  • Brenda Botos (Tingelhoff))) Posted January 30, 2024 12:51 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your father/ husband/ Gpa/— what a nice article about him & seems like many years of WONDERFUL MEMORIES…GOD BLESS..

  • Rachel Burns Posted February 3, 2024 7:20 am

    Megan and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing someone we love so much is hard. I wish I had words that would make it better, but know that you all are in my prayers, and you will continue to be, as the days go in.
    Much love,
    Rachel (Burbach) Burns

  • Ted Fogarty, MD Posted February 3, 2024 10:49 am

    One of my first days working at Powers Pharmacy for Elmer in high school was demonstrative of his fatherly kindness. John had recruited me as the pharmacy delivery driver when we were locker partners at Prep in 10th grade. On my second day of work I had a delivery of medications to go to 24th and Pierce. Mistakenly confident that Pierce was somewhere north of Blondo, I enthusiastically took to the road. I got to Ames and finally realized I should have went south instead of north!! 45 minutes later I come back to Powers and tell Elmer of my Odessey, he chuckled a bit and congratualted me for learning all the street names out to Ames LOL and John then ribbed me for the rest of the school year asking me if I was sure I knew where I was going on every social outing thereafter. Kay-blessings to your wonderful brood with Elmer. Hugs from Ogallala.

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