John D. Menke

John D. Menke

April 19, 1945 – August 6, 2020


Survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathy; children, Derek (Julie) Menke of Omaha and Kelly (Garrett) Coleman of Omaha; nine beloved grandchildren: Peytan, Callie, Rowan, Cody, Jaden, Courtney, Kacie, Carson, and Korey; and brother, Bruce, of Michigan.  Preceded in death by parents, Betty and Francis Menke.

John grew up in Crete, Nebraska, attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and worked in group pensions at Mutual of Omaha and patient accounting at Nebraska Medical Center.  He played tennis and loved to golf, as well as traveling with many trips and cruises to Europe, China, and throughout the United States.

Due to COVID-19 health risks, a Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, August 15th at 10:30am, at Lincoln Memorial Park, 6800 S 14th Street in Lincoln, NE.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the John Menke Memorial FXTAS Research Fund at the UC Davis MIND Institute.  Checks, made payable to UC Davis Foundation with John Menke Memorial FXTAS Research Fund written in the memo line, can be mailed to:

UC Davis Advancement Services

202 Cousteau Place #185

Davis, CA 95618

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  • SHERI CACKIN Posted August 8, 2020 10:48 am

    Kelly and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your dad/grandpa. I feel like I knew him from all your wonderful family Facebook postings over the years. i know you all will greatly miss him.

  • Phil Beckenhauer Posted August 8, 2020 2:46 pm

    Kathy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. May God be with you at this time and strengthen you.

  • Mary Balluff Posted August 9, 2020 10:40 am

    Kathy and family, My thoughts are with each of you…. I know you will miss him. I wish you all the strength of your memories with him. May God be with you.

  • Nan Hoegermeyer Posted August 9, 2020 1:30 pm

    Kathy and family,

    I was sorry to see of John’s passing.I enjoyed getting to know John and you through my years of working with John in Group Pensions at Mutual of Omaha. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Jim Bond and family Posted August 9, 2020 2:26 pm

    Menke family, so sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing you peace and strength during your time of grief.

  • Douglas Duchek Posted August 9, 2020 3:41 pm

    A friend and schoolmate from Crete (along with Kathy and Bruce), a neighborhood friend and a student of John’s mother (“Mrs. Menke”) in may great classes and homeroom – Wonderful times and memories of a very good person and wonderful Crete family! Best to all of John’s family – celebrate his Life!!.

  • Chuck Duchek Posted August 9, 2020 6:02 pm

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing, i have many great memories of time spent with John and Kathy, probably the best is when Mr.Kalkwarf and John rebuilt the Black car. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Chuck

  • Jen Peters Posted August 9, 2020 6:41 pm

    I, too, never met your Dad Kelly, but I felt like I knew the love you all had for each other, through your wonderful Facebook posts. How wonderful your parents had 55 married years together! My thoughts and prayers are with you all…God Bless.

  • Luke and Patrick Hella Posted August 9, 2020 8:40 pm

    Kelly and family, we are so sorry about your father’s passing. We know how special he was to you all.

  • Eric and vicki sjulin Posted August 10, 2020 5:48 pm

    Thinking of you all, and sending prayers of comfort to you and family…

  • Paulette Harmon Posted August 13, 2020 3:09 pm

    Kathy and family, Ron and I send our sympathy and prayers to you all. I especially enjoyed knowing and working with John. Ron & I have also enjoyed our little breakfast group, we will miss him.

  • Kathy Bermudez Posted August 13, 2020 3:39 pm

    Dear Kathy, Derek. Kelly and family: My deepest condolences. I always enjoyed John’s big smile, kind nature and sense of humor. My he rest in peace.

  • Mark & Joy Mooberry Posted August 14, 2020 8:46 am

    Derek, So very sad to hear the news about your dad. I remember the many times he came out to Tiburon to play…and make sure we were working! A great guy for sure. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Dan Mooney and Family Posted August 14, 2020 11:24 am

    Our sympathies to the Menke family. We are sorry to hear of John’s passing and our thoughts are with you.

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