John A. Weiss, Jr.

May 6, 1930 – September 27, 2022

John was preceded in death by wife of 54 years Catherine Weiss, sisters: Dorothy Gross, Jane Weiss, Helen Weiss, and parents John and Eva Weiss.

John is survived by children: Cathy (Tim) Nelson, Jeanne (Rick) Hopkins, Mary Weiss, John (Becky) Weiss, Paul Weiss, and Christie Weiss. Grandchildren: Melissa (Brent) Nelms, Michelle (Aaron) Arthur, Liz (Alex) Gac, Cait (Jake) Mains, Merrick (Kylie) Weiss, Jaydn Weiss, Delaney Weiss, and Eli Weiss. Great grandchildren: Afton, Leah, and Ansley Nelms; Owen and Elliette Arthur; Zac Gac, and Madi and Parker Mains.

John was a life-long member of St. Bernard’s Church and loved the dinner auctions. He had a long and varied career at Union Pacific Railroad. Beginning his career as a red cap in Union Station, he progressed to mail dock loader, and finished with micrographics. Through his high school career at Holy Name, he played both football and basketball. During the Korean War he was an Army Reservist. Having pets, particularly dogs, was one of the many pleasures of John’s life. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, snowmobiling, motor cycling, and waterskiing. Everyone in the family was taught to water ski and bring their friends. His most memorable saying in teaching people to ski was, “Don’t pull the boat! Let the boat pull you.”

John and Catherine met ice skating at the Aksarben ice rink. Family always came first for John. He helped whenever and wherever he could. He was frequently asked to take and pick up grandkids to school, often spoiling them with ice cream and trips to Burger King. In his later years he loved to purchase and play Trucks and Bucks lottery tickets. Winning a
truck with a ticket purchased by his daughter, Mary, made the playing of lottery tickets even sweeter. John’s presence in this world will be missed particularly his kind demeanor, funny stories, and love of life. There will be a bigger hole in the family with both John and Catherine gone, but they are watching and guiding the family from Heaven.

A ROSARY followed by a VISITATION will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 5PM. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 10AM. All services will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 3601 N 65th St, Omaha. Internment at Resurrection Cemetery.

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  • Bob & Kaye Passmore Posted September 29, 2022 12:37 pm

    Remember all the good times your family shared with John. So sorry for your loss.

  • Michael Terasinski Posted September 29, 2022 1:05 pm

    Worked with John years ago at the UPRR (wesco) loved his old Red Cappin stories like tossin half dollar pieces in the old depot and the time John got a five dollar tip from Bing Crosby .RIP Sir.. Michael Terasinski Omaha

  • Mayer Jo Campbell Posted September 29, 2022 1:29 pm

    John was a such a warm ,fun, gentle man! Met him through his daughter Christie. Walked the track many days with him at the Westroads gym.

  • Jeffrey Widhalm Posted September 29, 2022 1:32 pm

    I am sorry for your loss sending prayers and love your way.

  • Ken Holmstrom Posted September 29, 2022 2:55 pm

    John, Paul and family
    Sorry for the loss of your dad. Know that he is watching over you all. Sending prayers to all of you.

  • Celeste & Rex Earl Posted September 30, 2022 3:52 pm

    Our sympathy to you, Christie. Your dad was a very kind person.

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