J. Gayle Sawicki

SAWICKI, J. Gayle, Apr 16, 1914 – Apr 7, 2009, of Omaha. Gayle was born at Wolbach, NE on April 16, 1914. He graduated from high school at Peetz, Col., in 1931. He attended Colorado University at Boulder and graduated in 1936 with a Business/Accounting degree. While attending Colorado University he played three years of baseball and was an all-conference catcher and member of the Living Legend Club. He worked for Holly Sugar Corp. of Colorado Springs, Col., before coming to Omaha in 1948 as Vice President and General Manager of Mid-Continent Bottlers. He was active in the Nebraska Bottlers Association. He was elected to the Board of the National Soft Drink Association, serving for 18 years. He was past President of the Lions Club of Hardin, Montana and past President of Downtown Kiwanis of Omaha. He worked with the Chamber of Commerce, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Keep Nebraska Beautiful, the Better Business Bureau, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was on the board of Pamida Inc. and served as Chairman of PMD Investment Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Emma Sawicki, and sister, Betty Jo Bird. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Sawicki; brother, Walter Sawicki; 3 daughters: Cynthia Otte, Judy Manchester and husband Jon, Wendy Matthews and husband Mike; 3 grandchildren: Alison Padilla and husband Mike, Justin Otte and wife Susan, Adam Matthews; 2 great-grandchildren, Madison and Alex Padilla; nieces and nephews. VIGIL SERVICE Monday, 7:00 p.m., West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. Interment, Calvary Mausoleum. VISITATION from 5:30 p.m. Monday at the West Center Chapel. Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Church, St. Joseph Villa Hospice, or American Cancer Society.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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