John J. “Jack” Degan

John Joseph Degan

August 26,1943 – January 24, 2024

John J. “Jack” Degan, 80, of Omaha died peacefully in his sleep on January 24, 2024. He was born to Edward and Kathryn Degan in Omaha, Nebraska on August 26, 1943.

Jack was best known and loved for his genuine interest in others’ lives, his timeless sense of humor and adhering to the Golden Rule, which led Jack to connect with many people in a magnetic way. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, sharing his faith in God, tending to his beautiful yard, attending live music, traveling, sailing, commercial real estate, and watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers play.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathryn McAndrews; brothers, Edward Degan and David Degan. He leaves behind his loving family: sons, John M. Degan of Omaha, NE and Shea Degan of Omaha, NE and daughter, Susie Mass of Scottsdale, AZ.

Jack adored his four grandchildren, his daughter-in law, son-in-law and his extended family members:  Savannah Degan, Klaus Degan, Jonny Mass (wife Emily Mass), Maddie Purugganan (husband Michael Purugganan), Janet Degan and Anthony Mass.

A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of Jack’s life on Sunday, February 18th from 2:00-5:00pm at 88 Tactical, 14350 Shepard Street, Omaha, NE. Entry is on the Members entrance side and an escort will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinsons in honor of Jack’s memory.



  • Jennifer Sjoquist Posted February 2, 2024 9:41 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.❤

  • Jeanne Kelly Posted February 2, 2024 10:31 am

    Sending my love, prayers and thoughts for Jack and family during this heartbreaking time! I will always remember him smiling, having fun and making others feel welcome and at ease. May God keep him and all of you in His loving care. Hugs!

  • Paul and Helga Shaddock Posted February 4, 2024 1:06 pm

    Our prayers are with the Degan Family at this time. The loss of a father is a very difficult time and our thoughts are with you all.
    Jack was a real gentleman. Always quick with a warm handshake, bright smile and a big hug.. He will be missed!

  • Catera Ross Posted February 4, 2024 2:12 pm

    Jack was such a heart warming person. He has a special place in my heart. My thoughts are with you during this time.

  • Debbie Andrews Posted February 17, 2024 3:00 pm

    I was in Millard Rorary with Jack from 1999 for a good number of years. I remember him as being a very nice guy. He was friendly, honest and kind. I am so sorry for your loss.

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