George B. Fotoplos

George B. Fotoplos

November 14, 1924- October 3, 2023

VISITATION: Sunday, October 8, 2023, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road,  followed by a TRISAGION (PRAYER SERVICE): at 6 p.m. FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, October 9, 2023, 10:30 a.m., St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave. INTERMENT: Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

George Fotoplos was born in Monastiraki, Arkadia Greece, on November 14, 1924. His father was Basilios Fotopoulos, and his mother was Margarita (Tsika) Fotopoulos. He had 5 siblings. His parents lived in New Jersey, USA, where they had 3 children: Nick, Frank and Angeliki, then went back to Greece and had 3 more children: George, Eleni, and Olympia. Olympia is the only survivor.

George served in the Greek Army, was an expert marksman and rode a Harley Davidson. He was stationed in the town of Didimotihon, in the northeast border of Greece and Turkey. That’s where he met Dimitra, a beautiful, smart, and witty young lady. After several years of being stationed in other surrounding towns, they exchanged letters and pictures that Dimitra kept till the day she died.

Her daughter has also saved them.

George and Dimitra got married on October 21, 1951, had a son, Niko in 1954, and a daughter, Margarita in 1956. They bought a retail clothing store. On his buying trips to Athens and other big cities, he would always bring one of a kind and specialty items for his wife and kids.

In 1965, his brother, Frank and sister, Olympia, who now lived in Omaha, Nebraska, wanted George and his family to move. In August 1967, they arrived in Omaha, where they both worked. After a year they bought a house and lived there for over 50 years.

Several years after buying the house, they opened the first Gyro restaurant in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, George’s Greek Gyros. After a few years, they retired, but George could not just stay home. He helped a family friend open Katy’s Gyros. After several years, Katy sold the restaurant and moved back to Greece. George helped with the sale of what is now Fetas Gyros. He continued to help there until his early 90s.

When his wife, Dimitra, passed in 2015, he moved in with his daughter, Margaret, where he peacefully passed on October 3, 2023.

He loved to garden, made the best spanakopita, loved to tell jokes and stories, especially from his younger days.

He also loved his family and friends, especially his only grandchild, Nick, and wife, Krystin, and great-grandchildren: Hunter, Avery, and Gavin. He also loved very much his many nieces and nephews who brought him laughter and joy.

George Fotoplos “Uncle George” will be greatly missed.


  • Vasilis Fotopoulos Posted October 4, 2023 4:52 pm

    Sincere condolences on behalf of my mother Anneta and my siblings Margarita, Chryssoula, Maria,Eugenia, Theodore, and Georgia and their families to our cousins Niko and Margaret for the loss of your beloved father our “Thio Giorgos.” May his memory be eternal and may God rest his soul. Uncle George was the youngest brother of my father Nickolas. Ζωή σε μας. Vasilis Fotopoulos

  • Labros Sanidas Posted October 5, 2023 6:48 am

    Rest in peace dear uncle George from all our family Ioannis Sanidas and sons

  • Ethel Kator Cunningham Posted October 5, 2023 8:24 am

    George Fotoplos was the pastor of my first church, Grace Baptist Church. Even though I was a young child, he and his family had a big influence in my life. To the family who welcomed me into their home, may your memories of George comfort you.

  • Lani Randels Posted October 5, 2023 9:49 am

    So sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. He had a long life but no matter how long we have our parents with us they are missed. May he rest in peace❤️

  • Krystin Fotoplos Posted October 6, 2023 10:10 am

    Best Papou ever!!
    He will be so greatly missed by us all!

  • Laurie Larsen Posted October 6, 2023 9:13 pm

    George was was the kindest caring man I know. I am blessed that I knew this wonderful man. RIP George love you .

  • Warren D Olson Posted October 7, 2023 7:24 am

    Nick and Margaret, sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know it has been years since we have seen each other – since our childhood. But it was a childhood that I have never forgotten,. Wonderful years of my life.
    I dread the time my mother leaves for a better place. But we all know it will happen! Be strong! My. thoughts are with you and your families>

  • Monica and Mike Gryskiewicz Posted October 7, 2023 11:03 am

    Maggie, so very sorry to hear about your dad passing, know how much you and your family loved him. Prayers for you and your family

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