John C. Emery
July 30, 1938 – September 17,2023
John C. Emery, 85, known affectionately as “Papa John” and “Johnnie-bub,” passed away Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 11:40 am, with family and friends by his side. He was born to the late Robert and Nola Emery, on July 30, 1938, in Omaha. He graduated from Central High School in 1956 and he attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education. He later obtained a Masters Degree in Secondary Education at Kearney State and a law degree from Blackstone College of Law.
He married Sharon K. Burke in 1967, and they were happily married for 54 years. John is survived by son Robb, daughter-in-law Cathy, two granddaughters Alessandra and Madeline, and brother-in-law Mike Burke and sister-in-law Sylvia Burke, and sister-in-law Elaine Burke, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Sharon, daughter Courtney, brother-in-law Kevin, nephew Tim, and sister-in-law Nancy.
John began his career as a wrestling coach at Hastings High School and then moved to coaching and teaching at Hastings College. He later shifted careers to the insurance field, serving as an executive for several companies. John held leadership positions in various insurance associations, including both the local and state President of Nebraska National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. His civic involvements included being appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nebraska Post Secondary Higher Education Commission, President of the Board of Trustees of Duchesne Academy High School, and founder of the Ameritas Soccer Tournament NCAA at Creighton University. John was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame which recognizes the highest levels of achievement in business and community service.
John was immensely proud of his family, his Nebraska heritage, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. Even as his health declined, his optimism for life and love for family and friends never waned.
Family will receive friends Thursday, September 21st, from 4:00-6:00PM at Christ The King Catholic Church with a Wake Service at 6:00PM.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, September 22nd, 10:00AM at Christ the King Catholic Church
To view a live broadcast of the Wake and Funeral Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and press the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.
In lieu of flowers the family would welcome donations to Duchesne Academy c/o the Courtney Ann Emery Ministry Fund, 3601 Burt Street, Omaha, NE 68131.