John George Ivbuls

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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  • Jim Selzle Posted August 4, 2022 8:47 pm

    I´ve known John for almost 50 years. I’ve considered him more of a brother than a friend. We shared many common interests (flying, cars, motorcycles). We had a lot of fun through the years – camping with the kids, motorcycle trips, hiking slot canyons in Utah. These years have flown by and I will truly miss my brother John. Life ended all too quickly for him but he´s no longer suffering. From Rose and I, our hearts go out to his wife Pam, daughter Holly, son-in-law Sean, and his sweet grandson Emmett.

  • Ilga Briedis Rauchut Posted August 4, 2022 10:32 pm

    Sorry to learn of John’s passing. He was a stand in cousin for the relatives in Latvia who we didn’t know if we would ever meet. Many shared holidays, birthdays and name’s days. Rest in Peace.

  • Dave Sanderson Posted August 5, 2022 4:15 am

    John has been a dear friend for the past 10 years. I have great memories of my time with him. I will always cherish the camping trip with John and my brother-in-law Jim to the back country of Utah. I miss John.

  • Anne Howell Posted August 5, 2022 3:45 pm

    I’m sadden to hear of John’s death. I never flew with him but commuted for 20 years to and from OMA-MSP. He was always kind and nice even when we were dog tired from work. Sounds like he had a good active and productive life.

  • Randy Fogerty Posted August 7, 2022 9:02 am

    I flew with John a number of times. I remember him as one of the nicest people I had ever met and a very good pilot. So sorry to hear of his passing, I know he will be missed very much.

  • Gayle and Don Johnson, Columbia,Mo. Posted August 8, 2022 2:14 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Pam and Holly. We lived across the street from John, Mr. and Mrs. Ivbuls for years. Wonderful neighbors and people.

  • Barbara Johnson Posted August 8, 2022 4:50 pm

    John was my neighbor across the street growing up in Prairie Lane. He was dearly loved by his parents and their pride and joy. I enjoyed participating in their Latvia heritage. John did love cars and I had the pleasure of riding in his corvette to Iowa State a few times when I had no ride to and from school for a visit home. It is my deepest wish that Pam, Holly and others keep their memories of him close & continue to share his life with others.

  • Terry Hilbert Posted August 9, 2022 7:16 am

    I met John in 1973 at Iowa state university when he pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity. We had so many good times through the fraternity life. He was a good, kind soul and someone I was proud to call a friend and brother. I am proud of the life he went on to lead, and so glad our lives crossed paths at ISU. Rest In Peace John…. A life well lived.

  • Terry Hilbert Posted August 9, 2022 7:29 am

    I met John in 1973 at Iowa state university when he pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity. We had so many good times through the fraternity life. He was a good, kind soul and someone I was proud to call a friend and brother. Rest In Peace, after a life we’ll lived. I will miss you.

  • Tricia Posted August 10, 2022 2:58 pm

    Holly my deepest condolences.
    love you!

  • STEPHEN R CHANEY Posted November 3, 2022 12:29 pm

    i was so saddened to read of johns passing. we flew together on the diesel 9 at northwest. a fine gentleman and a great captain to fly with. we shared a love of corvettes. we would often talk about his 66 BIG BLOCK.
    you are missed. rest in peace fine sir…

  • Carol Dapogny Posted December 31, 2022 5:25 pm

    Pam, I just found a letter to Steve and me from John just after you’d moved to MN. I went online tot see if I could locate you and found instead the news of John’s death. My sincere sympathies. I lost Steve 11 years ago. I’m so happy john got to enjoy being a grandparent. Warmest regards, Carol

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