Eric T. Stec
July 16, 1971 – October 24, 2019
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Emil D. Sobota; sister-in-law, Holly Sobota. He is survived by his wife, Robin Stec; son, Keaton Stec; daughter, Kathryn Stec; parents, Pete and Rosella Stec; brothers, Bruce Stec and Jeff Stec (Melinda); brothers-in-law, Matthew Sobota (special friend, Laura Cuda) and Mark Sobota (Lori); mother-in-law, Donna Sobota; nieces and nephews: Tori, McKenna, Hanna, Hayden and Reid Stec, Morgan, Malorie, McKenna, Luke, Logan, Landon and Levi Sobota.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 29th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, October 30th at 10:30am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Interment: Gretna Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Stec Children’s Education Fund.
Eric Thomas Stec was born in Denver, Colorado on July 16, 1971. His family relocated to Ogallala, Nebraska when Eric was 4 years old. He attended St. Lukes Catholic grade school and graduated from Ogallala High School in 1990. He went on to attend college at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then graduate school at University of Nebraska-Omaha where he earned his master’s degree of Social Work in 1998.
On October 10, 1998 he married Robin Sobota in Schuyler, Nebraska. Eric and Robin moved to Houston, Texas for a short time where Eric was a Hospice Social Worker. They moved back to Omaha, Nebraska to start their family. Keaton Thomas blessed them when he was born June 28, 2002. Then daughter Kathryn Hope arrived December 2, 2003 to complete the family. Eric worked as a behavior health professional helping disenfranchised youth and young adults making positive changes in their lives. He was a vocal advocate for individuals challenged by social crisis, homelessness, poverty or juvenile injustice.
Eric was an active member of St. Wenceslaus parish where he served on parish council and was a lector. He enjoyed running, music, a good laugh and great bottle of wine. He will be missed immeasurably by those who knew him.