John E. Holcomb
March 19, 1950 – July 30, 2020
John E. Holcomb, 70, of Omaha passed away unexpectedly on July 30, 2020 in Omaha. John was serving the citizens of Omaha as a volunteer with the Nebraska State Patrol’s Motorist Assist Program when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle while clearing debris. John had served with the program for six years.
John is survived by his wife, Diane; his son, Christopher Holcomb (wife Olivia) of Columbus, Nebraska; his stepdaughter, Jessica Lopez Stanfield (husband Brent) of Houston, Texas; and four grandchildren: Julianne, McCoy, Rhett, and Chloe. His stepdaughter Mara passed away in 2014. John is also survived by one brother and two sisters.
John was born on March 19, 1950, in New Braunfels, Texas and graduated from Ralston High School in 1968. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War, where he earned a purple heart while being injured in combat. After an honorable discharge due to his injuries, John remained active in veterans’ activities and always remained a proud Marine – “Semper Fi.” On the date of his death, John had been scheduled to be on a 50-year anniversary trip to Vietnam, a trip intended to bring closure to his experiences, but the trip was cancelled as a result of COVID-19.
John was married to Diane Holcomb for twenty-seven years and helped raise her two daughters, Jessica and Mara, alongside his son, Chris. He adored his four grandchildren and they adored their Papa John, sometimes calling him the “pizza man.” John retired from Presto-X Pest Control after more than 20 years of work and earned the company’s top producer award for several years. John loved his country, his home state of Nebraska, and his Cornhusker Football. His love for his country and state is demonstrated by his willingness to volunteer to help motorists throughout Omaha who needed help with car trouble along the interstate. John didn’t mind the danger as long as he could help.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Monday, August 3rd from 4pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, August 4th at 12noon, West Center Chapel. Graveside Service with Military Honors: Tuesday, 2pm at Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Vietnam Veterans of America at vva.org.
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