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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