John W. Adair
March 19, 1929 – December 14, 2022
Native son of Redding, Iowa, from where the roots of innovation, resourcefulness, neighborliness, and family were nurtured. Graduate of the University of Iowa and the U.S. Air Force Officer Candidate School.
Insurance and commercial real estate broker and investor; co-founder of the Montessori Schools movement in Omaha; founder of the Consortium for Dementia Alternatives; Nursery Mat early childhood center; and… he had about a million more ideas just waiting to embrace any partner willing to jump on board and have fun building something meaningful together! John Adair was a “one man think-tank” and perhaps the world’s greatest champion of Connect-the-Dots — webbing together ideas, individuals’ talents and motivations, the possibilities, and their greater purpose.
Every moment in John’s life was a joyful exercise of finding ways to elevate others through his wisdom, innovation, enthusiasm, and personal support.
He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Mary Adair; sisters, Margaret and Dorothy.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosemarie; sons: John “Steve” (Julian), Axel (Shelly), Tilman (Debra) and Torsten; grandchildren: John Parker (Meghan), Camille, Gracelyn, Colette, Rafael, Aubrey; great-grandchild, Vincent; beloved sister, Alice; treasured nieces and nephews; and a world full of extended “uncles and aunts” of all generations.
A Joyful Celebration of Life will begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at St. Michael Lutheran Church – 13232 Blondo, Omaha, NE 68164
If you are unable to attend, his family would love to hear any thoughts or stories you would like to send to:
The John Adair Family
c/o St. Michael Lutheran Church, or to FamilyOfAdairs@yahoo.com
In honor of John, memorials are suggested to TBF/Builders of the Future. Its mission is to introduce, prepare, and lift up high school students for a career in the construction trades.
“The Builder Foundation”
℅ Blackman & Associates, PC
17445 Arbor Street, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68130