John D. Condon

John D. Condon


John David Condon was born March 5, 1924 to Joseph Condon and Marie Coffey. At age 9, he began a career in the newspaper business that would span more than 50 years. His first job was selling newspapers on the street corner. During high school, he had a regular delivery route.

In 1942, he met the love of his life — Jennie Deaver. They were married March 15, 1943 in San Diego. Later that year, John was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served in the 785th Anti- aircraft Battalion stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines.

John returned from World War II, in 1946 and resumed his career at newspapers in Tekamah, Plattsmouth, Scottsbluff, Blair and Loveland, CO. Then, he went to work for the Omaha World Herald, where he spent 34 years until his retirement in 1989.

Family was everything to John, and he and Jennie raised five children — Rich, Kathy, Rose, Mike and Greg. Their family grew to include 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

John was an avid golfer and he helped to establish the Omaha Public Golfer’s Association in an effort to prevent the city from turning over public courses to a private enterprise. He kept up on politics and issues of the day and frequently voiced his opinions in the Public Pulse. He also loved getting together with friends to laugh and play cards.

You could say that John definitely had a “glass-half-full” outlook on life. He experienced joys and sorrows with the same degree of positivity and optimism. To him, life was wonderful, and he lived it to the fullest.

On August 17, 2020, John’s family gathered to wish him a final farewell. He passed away peacefully at his home at Fountain View Assisted Living with his wife of 77 years nearby. He was 96 years old.

John will be honored at a private graveside service with full military honors. A memorial mass will be announced at a future date. The family suggests memorials to Sienna Francis House, 1702 Nicholas St., Omaha, NE 68102.

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  • Lisa Curotto Posted August 22, 2020 6:55 am

    A life well lived… in eternal peace with our savior and lord.🙏🏼
    Wishing comfort and love to Aunt Jennie and all my cousins🙏🏼❤️

  • Dan & Liz Adams Posted August 22, 2020 7:44 am

    Wish we could give you all a big hug. Losing a parent is so difficult. May you all feel God’s love, strength & peace.

  • Bhudatt and Michele Paliwal Posted August 22, 2020 11:26 am

    Yes indeed, a life very well lived and one we should learn from. We lost touch through distance, because of our lack, NOT Uncle John’s. He was true to family and always reached out. What a positive spirit, full of life and faith. You are all in our prayers.

  • Tricia Brazda Posted August 22, 2020 5:12 pm

    I wish I could put into words how amazing of a grandpa you were, but there are no words great enough. Such an amazing man with so much passion for life. His faithfulness and grace were something to be admired. The way this man loved…I’m so glad we all got to experience it. We sure are one lucky family. I will miss you always Grandpa. You will always be my number one role model. Until we meet again someday. R.I.P. Grandpa, I love you.
    Thoughts, hugs and prayers to Grandma, the rest of our family and to all the friends

  • Bill Williams Posted August 23, 2020 8:40 am

    Evonne and I were honored to take John on a WWII Honor Flight in 2009. Good guy, we always enjoyed visiting with Jennie and John. We are sorry for your loss.

  • Tom & ShariDvorak Posted August 23, 2020 12:20 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about John’s death. We are sending you our love and prayers at this difficult time. We hope you will all find strength in each other and have time to remeinese of great memories and past times.

  • Alicia Dagosta Posted August 24, 2020 9:20 am

    My heart breaks that we can’t be there, but am so glad I got to say goodbye and had a great visit with him last time we were there. My grandpa was the best role model to all in his family. He never said an unkind word, worked very hard and did whatever he could to teach his kids and grandkids. I will always admire him and miss him dearly. Love you Grandpa……

  • MaryLou mangiapane Rogers Posted August 24, 2020 10:00 am

    Uncle John leaves an incredible legacy across so many areas in the many lives he touched as well as his service to his country! He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and uncle. I hold dear so many memories of his and Aunt Jennies’s visits. Sending prayers for strength and comfort to Aunt Jennie and my cousins. Love, Mary Lou

  • Ruth Lindquist Eichler Posted August 25, 2020 8:53 am

    Deep condolences to our Aunt Jenny and all of our cousins. I have fond memories of visits with your family decades ago when we were children. I can hear Uncle Johnny’s gentle chuckle. How wonderful it would be to see all of you and share hugs as you navigate the loss of a dear soul.

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