James Gerard “Bud” Popp
Nov 1, 1936 – Nov 5, 2017
Age 81, of Omaha, NE. Survived by sons, James Popp of Denver, CO and Michael Popp (Lisa) of Cheyenne, WY; son-in-law, Scott Fletcher of Omaha; grandchildren: Justin Popp, Nicole Popp, Brooke Fletcher, and Benjamin Fletcher; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Audrina; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Theresa Popp; daughter, Anne Gerilyn “Geri” Fletcher; his parents and all of his siblings.
Bud was born and raised in South Omaha, the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters and attended Cathedral Catholic School. For 22 years, Bud was a Deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. After retiring from the force, he held several jobs including Security Officer and Funeral Procession Driver. He never thought of these as work; for Bud they were just fun. Bud liked to travel and was proud that he had toured almost all of the continents. One of his favorite trips was his pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia. Since 1963, Bud was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church until moving to OxBow Nursing Home earlier this year. He was a 41-plus-year member of the Knights of Columbus and was a Fourth Degree Member of Father Michael P. Dowling Assembly. He was also a long-standing member of the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Police. Bud enjoyed sharing stories about his trips, growing up in a large family, his many dangerous assignments as a sheriff, and more.
The family will receive friends on Friday, November 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Saturday, November 11th at 10am at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4804 Grover Street, Omaha. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, 7800 W Center Rd. Memorials will be directed by the family.