Frederick Anthony Gacek
February 10, 1937 – April 6, 2018
Survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith; brother, James (Mary); children: Kathleen Gacek, Elizabeth Rose (Bryan), Kevin Gacek (Ashlee), Nancy Gacek (Julie Hull), and Michael Gacek (Anne); grandchildren: Sarah Rose Fleuren (Daniel), Blake Rose, Scott Rose, Natalie Rose, Janie Gacek (parents, Michael and Anne), Avery and Parker Gacek (parents, Kevin and Ashlee); great-grandchildren, Brooks Fleuren and Gentry Fleuren.
Fred attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, earning a degree as an Electrical Engineer (1958) and attended California State University in San Diego, California, earning a Master of Business Administration degree (1972). He began his career at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, New York. After enlisting in the US Air Force, Fred served as a navigator-bombardier, and later in the 659th Aerospace Test Wing. He ended his military career at Offutt Air Force Base as a Staff Development Engineering Manager.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he and Judy owned Village Book and Stationery in Countryside Village.
Fred was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for 45 years, and for 30 years served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist.
Fred loved Cornhusker games and attended both home and away games from 1973 until his most recent illness. His other love was golf. Fred was a junior golfer in Buffalo, NY, and was a member of Kenmore High School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Air Force-Vandenberg teams. He held the course record at Vandenberg AFB for many years after shooting a 69 3 under par. He was a 1967 Southern California Golf Association Champion. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Golf Association and was recognized in appreciation of his outstanding contributions. He has also recorded four holes-in-one and was club champion at various courses. Fred valued the many golf friendships he built over the years.
Most of all, he loved his family and was very proud of his kids’ and grandkids’ accomplishments. Fred passed peacefully at home with his family by his side.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, April 9th at 10:30am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St., with family receiving friends from 9:30am to 10:30am. Private Interment, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, 8303 Dodge St., Omaha 68114.