Eric L. Carlberg

Eric L. Carlberg, 60, of Cozad, Nebraska, formerly of Johnson Lake, passed away on Sept. 19, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Sept. 27, 1961, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Richard Carlberg and Dolores “Dee” Blades. Eric graduated from Westside High School in Omaha. He went on to earn a culinary degree from Iowa Western College, receiving a scholarship from the Nebraska Restaurant Association.

Eric was united in marriage to Denise Sprecher on June 23, 1995, in Omaha, Nebraska. Eric and Denise relocated to Georgia, Kentucky and Missouri for his work as a traveling general manager for hotels. In 1999, they moved to Johnson Lake and helped operate Lake Shore Marina for the next 15 years. They enjoyed living at Johnson Lake, where they made many friends.

Eric was a huge supporter of the University of Nebraska football team. He spent his youth playing sports including football, swimming and gymnastics. Anyone that knew him would know he was a wonderful cook and grill master; he made a mean steak. Eric enjoyed an occasional round of golf and spent time boating at Johnson Lake. He also loved his dog, Zeus. Zeus is living happily with daughter Taylor in Omaha.

Eric was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Denise Carlberg. He is survived by his children: Zachary (Melissa) Carlberg of Omaha, Jesse (Sarah) Carlberg of Omaha, Erica (Paul) Wise of Omaha, Taylor (Joe) Schenk of Omaha, Tobie Carlberg of Lincoln, Jasmine (Isaac) Franz of Wisconsin, and Jaden Sprecher of Cozad; siblings: Richard “Rich” (Deb) Carlberg of Omaha, Karen (Dan) Finken of Johnson Lake, and Edward “EJ” (Nicole) Carlberg of Omaha; numerous grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5-7PM at Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, Ne 68124


  • Melissa Martin Posted September 20, 2022 4:15 pm

    Tobie, Taylor and Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying for you during this difficult time.

  • June Wengert Posted September 20, 2022 4:20 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the family

  • Jack Blaydes Posted September 20, 2022 5:02 pm

    I’ll miss him greatly, and have great memories of time together as we grew.

  • Jody and LaMonte Posted September 20, 2022 6:25 pm

    I am so sorry, prayers for all of you, love ❤️!

  • Lonnie & Gloria Kitterer Posted September 20, 2022 7:34 pm

    Condolences from Lonnie and Gloria. I am glad that I knew you!

  • John Spivey Posted September 20, 2022 7:43 pm

    Wonderful man.

  • Rod and Dianne Blaydes Posted September 20, 2022 9:59 pm

    Karen, Rick, EJ we all lost a brother and I am so sory we can not be at the service. Our thoights and prayers will be with you and all the family. May we all find peace in knowing he is in the FATHERS Grace
    Rod and Dianne

  • Sylvia Redwine Posted September 20, 2022 10:48 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Eric was a great guy. We worked together for a few years and he was an awesome cook.I imagine he is at peace with his beautiful wife Denise. (My dear friend).I pray 🙏 that you all find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering in this world. May God bless and comfort you all.

  • Andy Wasserman Posted September 21, 2022 8:58 am

    My deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends. I have so many fond memories of spending time with Eric, from school to work and just hanging out.

  • Gary & Kathleen Sortino Posted September 21, 2022 9:19 am

    So shocked to hear about Eric’s passing. We’ll never forget the gourmet meals Eric prepared for us all while camping together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! ❤️🙏❤️

  • MICHELLE IRISH Posted September 21, 2022 11:15 am

    I’m sending you all payers and hugs for a difficult time that you are going thru. Know that Eric & Denise are together again. Take care.

  • Bob and Mary Hurst Posted September 21, 2022 9:26 pm

    So sorry Karen and Dan. We will always remember the peanut butter and jelly omelette Eric made for Dylan for brunch one Sunday morning!!! He was the Best!!!

  • Bob and Mary Hurst Posted September 21, 2022 9:31 pm

    So sorry Karen and Dan and Eric s family- We will always remember the peanut butter and jelly omelette Eric made for Dylan one Sunday morning He always aimed to please and was the BEST!!!!

  • Bob and Mary Hurst Posted September 21, 2022 9:35 pm

    So sorry Dan and Karen and Eric’s family We will always remember Eric making our grandson a peanut butter and jelly omelette one Sunday morning. He always aimed to please and was the best!’

  • Joel Jezbera Posted September 21, 2022 10:28 pm

    Prayers to the family!

  • ERIC BLAYDES Posted September 25, 2022 12:49 am

    Eric, I will always remember you as Big Eric, I will always be your shadow as little Eric, sharing the same name made us a special bond that only you and I knew and understood. God bless everyone touched by such a great man and soul, I wish you all peace during this time and hope time heals all. Lots of love and hugs all the way from Okinawa Japan.

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