Gerald E. Ries, M.D.

Gerald E. Ries, M.D.

November 15, 1928 – November 1, 2022

Jerry’s dedication and love for his wife, family, and faith were evident and an example for all. He loved life, and he loved people. Jerry graduated from Central High School and then from Creighton Medical School in 1953. He was the only general practitioner in rural Douglas County. He completed an Orthopedic Residency at Mayo Clinic in 1963 and ran a successful practice in Omaha until his retirement in 1994. His professional and civic involvement included: Metro Omaha Medical Society, Hope Medical Outreach Coalition, Serra Club of Omaha, KVSS Catholic Radio Development Committee, Alpha Sigma Nu, and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Jerry Ries: a life well-lived.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Louise Ries; wife, Mary Monen Ries; son, Joe; and sister Joanne Miller.

He is survived by his children: Cindy Meier (Fred), Nancy Beckwith (Steve), Maureen Ries, Joan Chovanec (Pete), Jim (Savita), Jerry Jr. (Amelia), Paul (Deb), and Patty McKinney (Leo); 19 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

VISITATION: Thursday, November 10, 2022, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, November 11, 2022, 10:30am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S 86th St.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Muscular Dystrophy Association.



  • Jackie sojka Posted November 3, 2022 7:54 pm

    My sympathy to a dear doctor who was a talented and wonderful man

  • Ray Williams Posted November 4, 2022 12:44 pm

    *A fine, fine gentleman – and long-time friendly guy. Will be thinking of all in your family in the hours and days ahead.

  • Barnara Johnson Posted November 5, 2022 10:36 am

    Heaven welcomes you, Uncle Jerry! You left a beautiful legacy through your devotion to God, family and community. God Bless You for the many gifts you gave to those of us who were blessed to know you.

  • Barbara Johnson Posted November 5, 2022 10:40 am

    Heaven welcomes you, Uncle Jerry! You left a beautiful legacy through your devotion to God, family and community. God Bless You for the many gifts you gave to those of us who were blessed to know you.

  • Doug Haney Posted November 8, 2022 8:00 pm

    I have only the fondness memories of Dr Ries over the 45 years I’ve known him. As a neighborhood kid growing up right next door, he was always a man I admired in so many ways. He was a great father, physician and faith-filled man that always made me and everyone he came in contact with feel special.. He helped shape me in more ways than I can share. I am so thankful I had Dr Ries and the entire Ries family as a huge part of my life. Rest In Peace, Dr Ries. I as well as those who knew you will miss you.

  • Cathy Kessler Posted November 10, 2022 5:52 am

    May “Doc”” Rest In Peace. I only met him a couple times at New Cassel when he participated in a Poetry for Life workshop sponsored by Mercy High School. He was a delight with a magnetic personality and a beautiful spirit.. Prayers to the family.

  • Charles Jackson Posted November 10, 2022 12:51 pm

    Though the times spent with Mr.Reis were brief, they are fond and cherished memories; Playing pool games in his basement or the short conversations about life in the car whenever he needed a ride home will always have a Solomon place within my heart.

  • Sr. Celeste Wobeter Posted November 11, 2022 11:38 am

    As a hospice chaplain for his wife Mary, I got to know Jerry and witnessed his great love and care for her and his pride in all his children. He was a man of deep faith, a dedicated doctor, one who made a difference in all his encounters. Surely God welcomed him with open arms! You are all in my prayer.

  • DEACON David Probst Posted November 13, 2022 10:34 pm

    DR Jerry was one of the kindest men I have ever met. His love of family and his faith were his guiding lights. Now he is spending tme with Padre Pio and Jesus. May the perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.

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