Deacon John F. “Jack” Finney

Deacon John F. “Jack” Finney

December 24, 1936 – November 8, 2020


John Francis “Jack” Finney was born on December 24, 1936 on a farm in York County, Nebraska to John E. and Helen Murrell Finney.  The family had moved around quite often (Nebraska, Iowa, and even Texas) as farming was not a very successful occupation for his father in those depression years.  When WWII began, they moved to Omaha where his dad went to welding school.

In the spring of 1944, his mother, Helen died during childbirth, and so did the baby.  When this happened, Jack and his younger brother, Dick went back to York, NE to a Catholic Boarding School (a few students and many nuns) and remained there for 2 years until their father remarried Blanche and they could be a family again, adding also a fun stepbrother, Leon.  In 1950 the Finney family who had now grown to 7 and included two little sisters, Kathleen and Phyllis, moved to an acreage near Irvington, NE.  Jack began school there as a 7th grader – and met his “bride”, another Phyllis (Peterson), at their school.  Seven years later they were married at St. Bernard’s Church

Jack and Phyllis had three children, Diane, Mike, and Sue, and they decided moving to a farm would be a good idea.  Then the kids could have horses, Jack could raise pigs, they could have a garden, and Jack could continue to work at OPPD.  So, in 1969 that dream came true.  Jack worked at OPPD for almost 40 years, initially climbing power poles, installing and repairing, and completing his years there in management, lastly as Center Manager in Papillion, responsible for men and women who were keeping the electricity flowing in SW Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

Faith and Church were always important in Jack and Phyllis’ life.  As newlywed’s, they were parishioners at Holy Name until they bought their little home in Keystone which was in St. Bernard’s Parish.  Soon they became founding members at St. James as that new parish was formed.  All 3 children attended their Elementary school years at St. James.  Jack was on the Parish Council there and on the Building Committee as St. Elizabeth Ann was being planned and built.

In 1980 Jack and Phyllis began the Deacon Program Formation which was a 3 year program, and, he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon at SEA on October 30, 1983 before SEA Church was completed and while Mass was being held at Sunny Slope School.  He was the first Permanent Deacon at SEA so there were no role models to follow.  There were many new opportunities to become involved with – Baptism Classes with Baptisms following. facilitating RCIA classes yearly and volunteering as a Chaplain at the Douglas County Jail for over 10 years.  Doing those ministries, plus working fulltime at OPPD, and raising pigs on the farm kept Jack quite busy.  He did always find time to watch his children and grandchildren participate in lots of different sports, even helping coach some of their teams.  It wasn’t until he retired in 1995 that he took up golf.  Jack and Phyllis spent the cold winter months in South Texas.

Jack is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren that he was very fond of.

Survived by wife, Phyllis D.; children: Diane Kueny (Mark), Mike Finney (Patti) and Sue Taylor (Joe); 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Dick Finney (Opal), Leon Finney (Connie), Kathleen Leith and Phyllis Sobczyk (Terry).

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Thursday, November 12th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, November 13th at 11am, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (5419 N. 114th St.)  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.





  • Phil and Pat Bahl Posted November 10, 2020 2:50 pm

    Our condolences to Phyllis and family for their loss of a loving husband and father! Prayers for all the family. Phil and Pat Bahl

  • Matt Harter Posted November 10, 2020 7:27 pm

    Mrs Finney , Sue , Mike and all of you,

    I saw the notice of the loss of your Father through St Elizabeth’s Seton Email and felt compelled to just drop a note to tell you I’m am thinking and praying for your Family. I always appreciated and looked up to the Marriage the Jack and Phyllis had and there Faith in the Lord. I saw that Jack was born in York County as my Mother did also. She is a Granddaughter of the Meradith Family from York. Small World !! Sue I’m thinking of you especially now. I always liked you as a Friend and hope the best for you. May Jack enjoy the Fruits of Heaven because he sure deserved to be there !!

    God Bless,

    Matt Harter

    • Sue Taylor Posted November 11, 2020 10:10 am

      Thanks so much for the kind thoughts and prayers.I really appreciate it and my family does also. I hope you and your family are doing well.
      Blessings, Sue

  • Marilyn Pyle Posted November 10, 2020 8:48 pm

    Phyllis & family you are in my thoughts & prayers. You were so wonderful when Mike was in RCIA Classes, & during his illness. You both have a special place in my heart. May Eternal rest Grant unto Jack and Perpetual light shine upon him

  • Darwin Brown Posted November 11, 2020 7:58 am

    Phyllis and family,
    I am saddened by the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and friend/mentor to so many. I first met both of you when I started my RICA classes so many years ago. Jack was such a supportive mentor to me in the years that followed, always leading by example, and showing me and others how to lead a spiritual life. Jack was comfortable with who he was, a deeply spiritual man who was not afraid to put his faith and beliefs out there for others to see. I’ll miss seeing him at church and other functions. Keeping you and your entire family in my prayers during this difficult time. Peace be with each of you.

  • Jen Sybrant Posted November 11, 2020 12:02 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to all of my Omaha family. Uncle Jack’s warm heart and contagious smile will be truly missed. Sending lots of big hugs from Montana. Love, The Sybrants

  • Bill McAleer Posted November 11, 2020 12:09 pm

    Leon and Connie. My sympathies for the loss of your brother Leon

  • Thomas Lang Posted November 11, 2020 2:48 pm

    To Dick; My condolences to you on the loss of your brother. We haven’t talked for years and I remember you as a very good Manager. Peace.

  • Meredith Jolly Posted November 12, 2020 4:31 am

    Diane-James and I are thinking of you during this time. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Susan Williams Posted November 12, 2020 6:53 am

    I attended mass at St Elizabeth Ann for many years. Jack was a Deacon at the time. He was a beautiful person and had a wonderful smile. He had a big heart and was deeply loved by all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Deb & John Bame Posted November 12, 2020 8:12 am

    Praying for you and family during this difficult time. Jack will be greatly missed by many. Jack was a great inspiration to others. I know my beloved Mom & Dad (Brich’s) appreciated Jack and yourself for being apart of the Permanent Deacon community and all your great service to others.

  • roger hadan Posted November 12, 2020 9:56 am

    Condolences to the family’s. My someday see you at Hy-Vee.

  • Stephanie Asselin Posted November 12, 2020 5:07 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. My husband and I had the opportunity to meet Jack and his wife Phyllis during R.C.I.A. He was such an amazing person and had a big heart. No matter how many years had passed by he still took the time to stop and visit. We are so blessed to have had the pleasure of meeting both of them through the program.

  • Stephanie Matcha Posted November 12, 2020 6:50 pm

    My prayers and sympathy on the death of Jack. He was a gentle giant with a big heart that embraced all who knew him. May he rest in God’s loving heart and Eternal Peace. He will be missed. I pray for all of you who mourn his death. May God give you strength and comfort.

  • Doug and Jean Dahl Posted November 12, 2020 7:05 pm

    Our prayers are with you, Phyllis and family. Jack make us very comfortable in the parish. He will be missed.

  • Bill Harper Posted November 13, 2020 12:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Jack and I worked together and played golf, I am proud to have had him as a friend and mentor

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