John George Ivbuls
November 19, 1954 – August 3, 2022
John George Ivbuls was a first generation, American-born Latvian son of Janis and Herta Ivbuls. He was born on November 19, 1954, in Omaha, Nebraska. He went to Westside High School in Omaha, and attended Iowa State University, receiving a degree in Architecture. John would later join the United States Navy, where he trained in naval aviation. He flew the T-2 Buckeye, the A-4, and the A-6 Intruder. He retired from the Navy after 20 years with the rank of Commander. His next calling was to become an airline pilot. He got a job with Northwest Airlines, which later merged with Delta Airlines. John retired from the airline industry after 30 years of service as a Captain of the 737. During his career, he also flew the 727, DC9, A320, DCIO and MD88. His total career miles flown with the airlines totals 9,228,725.
John married his wife, Pam in 1985; they had one daughter, Holly.
John was a true “gearhead” and over his lifetime, he enjoyed tinkering with around 30 different cars, trucks and motorcycles. He will forever be known for his willingness to help others and the strength he endured during his long battle with cancer. John’s love for Costco cakes, LeMars donuts, and Dairy Queen ice cream will never be forgotten.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Janis and Herta Ivbuls; father-in-law, Brian Kennedy; brother-in-law, Jonas Deckys. He is survived by his wife, Pam; daughter, Holly Rasmussen; son-in-law, Sean Rasmussen; grandson, Emmett; sister, Edite Deckys; mother-in-law, Kathleen Kennedy; sister-in-law, Bernadette Moore; brother-in-law, Mark Moore; many other family members and friends.
VISITATION: Monday, August 8th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Tuesday, August 9th at 10:30am, West Center Chapel. Graveside Service with Military Honors: Tuesday August 9th at 2pm, Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Nebraska Humane Society and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
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