John L. Gaines


John L. Gaines

May 19, 1951 – April 25, 2021

Survived by wife, Pam; children; Jeff (Traci), Jason (Vanessa), David (Kelsey), and John Gaines; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; siblings: Margie Metcalf, Mike Gaines (Patty), Kathy Keeling (Rich), Susan Holst (Jim), Patti Hemenway (Kelly); other relatives and friends.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Wednesday, April 28th from 5pm-7pm at West Center Chapel followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 7pm.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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  • Tom Schleff Posted April 27, 2021 7:44 am

    Pam. So sorry to hear about John. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I have many fond memories of John and his stories on our motorcycle trips. We had a lot of fun together. He was always in a good mood and never let anything get him down. I remember on our first trip when his bike quit and he literally coasted into Ft Robinson. He was Ok and didn’t let it worry him. Of course that is when he got his first Goldwing.

  • Luann Shaw Martini Posted April 27, 2021 12:42 pm

    Pam & Family,
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. From our family to yours, we send our deepest sympathy. Even though I didn’t know John that well, he helped Sydney and I through difficult times during Dan’s passing and the many challenges we faced afterwards with the move, the houses and so much more. We truly appreciated his good will and spirit.
    May the beautiful memories and your family strength and support get you through these difficult times.
    Luann, Sydney and Family

  • Mark Penrod Posted April 28, 2021 8:40 am

    Pam and family I so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I enjoyed the limited time I knew John and the time we had together. His demeanor was always positive and treated people fairly. He will be truly missed.
    Mark Penrod and family.

  • Scott Yahnke Posted April 28, 2021 10:42 am

    Saddened to learn of John’s passing. I got to know John in football at Norris Jr High in 9th grade in the mid-60’s, and we were also on Central’s reserve team as sophomores.
    John was a happy camper, always up for fun. I only remember him smiling whenever I was around him. God bless Johnny and all those he loved and who love him. -Scott Yahnke, Central, ’69

  • Ed Napravnik Posted April 28, 2021 12:26 pm

    Pam, family and siblings,
    John and I met in kindergarten at Windsor grade school and I was lucky enough to be his friend at ,Norris Jr. High, Central and UNO too. Lots of great memories in Cub Scouts,, Boy Scouts and numerous hunting trips. Never knew. Johnny to ever get mad and was always available when you needed buddy. He’ll be missed and always remembered.

  • Nancy Darley Posted April 28, 2021 2:29 pm

    Prayers and Condolences to John’s family and friends.

  • steven and charlene janousek Posted April 28, 2021 5:17 pm

    so sorry to hear abs john’s passing

  • Jill Gaines Posted April 28, 2021 7:23 pm

    Aunt Pam and family,
    Uncle John was the life of the party and now they are partying upstairs with some good old rock n’ roll! I only have awesome memories of our family vacations to see you all. I will miss him dearly! Prayers, love and hugs to all my family! Love you all!

  • Jerold R. Gaines Posted April 28, 2021 7:31 pm

    Many great memories of Uncle Johnny and Pam. He will be missed dearly.

  • Zoe Gaines Posted April 28, 2021 7:58 pm

    To an uncle who was so wise so brave and so loving ill miss you dearly. I love you so much uncle john. To my aunt i keep you in my thoughts and prayers we love you be strong.

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