John H. Ortmeier, Jr.

John H. Ortmeier, Jr.
July 1, 1943 – September 1, 2020

John H. Ortmeier Jr., age 77 of Omaha, left this life to be with our Heavenly Father on September 1, 2020.  John passed away peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Omaha surrounded by family.   After the death of his wife over three years ago, John spent most of his time with his children and grandchildren.  He loved to drive the grandchildren to school events, sporting contests and treat them, and himself, to ice cream.  John enjoyed playing cards with them, especially Pitch, as well as spending time with their pet dogs and cats.

John was a beloved member of Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Omaha and a member of Knights of Columbus.  During John’s many hospitalizations in 2020, his family and friends rallied around him.  He survived his 77th birthday and his wedding anniversary date of August 20th.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Geraldine; parents, John Sr and Marcella; sister, Janice; and father-in-law, Donald Bart. He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Janky (Greg) and granddaughter, Madison; son, Russell Ortmeier (Sharon) and grandchildren, Austen and Amanda; son, Kevin Ortmeier (Amy) and grandchildren, Sophie and Ellie; sister, Jonneth Schwartz (Tom); mother-in-law, Elma Bart; nieces and nephews, Cindy, Connie, Colleen, Susie, Randy, Renee, Todd and Kim.

The family would like to especially thank the many nurses and nursing assistants at Methodist Hospital, 9th floor; the physicians, the Chaplains and the Palliative Care team.  So many took great care of him, always stopped to say hi to him and he enjoyed talking with the nurses and nurse assistants.  With his many admissions, they made him feel “at home” especially during the times where family and friends could not visit.

The family will receive friends Monday, September 7th, 5 pm to 7 pm at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church (3405 S. 118th Street) with Vigil Service at 7 pm at the church. Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, September 8th, 10:30 am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.

Interment: Mt Calvary Cemetery in Elkhorn.

Memorials are suggested to the Methodist Hospital Foundation – Palliative Care; or Masses.


  • Joanie (Peatrowsky) Graham Posted September 3, 2020 7:49 pm

    Rhonda and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He helped me so much when I lost my husband to get through the loss. I am here for all of you if I can help in anyway. Glad I got to talk to him before he passed. Love and prayers to all of the family!

  • Veronica C (Huhman) Kiuntke Posted September 4, 2020 8:12 am

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Your father will be missed and he will never be forgotten, may his sour rest in peace.

  • Catherine Huhman Placzek Posted September 4, 2020 3:09 pm

    To the family and friends of John. May he always be remembered in your hearts and he will never be forgotten.

  • irene Franzluebbers Posted September 5, 2020 3:52 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss. My sympathy to you all.

  • Phyllis Bart Posted September 7, 2020 12:49 pm

    My sincere sympathy to the entire family.

  • Daniel McAleer Posted September 24, 2020 6:32 pm

    My condolences to John’s family. John’s love for his family and those who were privileged to call him friend is an inspiration to us all. May you feel his embrace in every lament.

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