John W. Adair

John W. Adair

March 19, 1929-December 14, 2022

U.S. Air Force veteran.  Insurance and commercial real estate broker and investor, co-founder of the Montessori Schools movement in Omaha, and founder of the Consortium for Dementia Alternatives.

Every moment in his life was a joyful exercise to find ways to elevate others through his wisdom, innovation, enthusiasm, and personal support.

Preceded in death by parents Earl and Mary Adair; and sisters, Margaret and Dorothy.

Survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosemarie; sons Steve (Julian), Axel (Shelly), Tilman (Debra), and Torsten; grandchildren: John Parker (Meghan), Camille, Gracelyn, Colette, Rafael, Aubrey; great-grandchild Vincent; and sister, Alice.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

In honor of John, memorials suggested to

The Builder Foundation
℅ Blackman & Associates, PC
17445 Arbor Street, Suite 200
Omaha, NE  68130


  • Sandra L Cerveny Posted December 21, 2022 5:23 pm

    So terribly sorry for your loss. Sandy and Gil Cerveny

  • Linda and Rakie Rehkop Posted December 21, 2022 10:22 pm

    The family grieves with you for the loss of one of the most beautiful hearts on the planet. The heart does go on and how Uncle John influenced our lives with encouragement, his unparalleled wit, and heartfelt goodness will ever continue. Love to Rosemarie, all his sons and families and Aunt Alice. We are fortunate to have known him close by..

  • Dr. Craig R Christiansen Posted December 22, 2022 1:45 pm

    Rosemarie and family: I am so sorry to hear of John‘s passing. Since our days at Technical High, I have thought so much of John and your family. I think he was one of the most interesting thinkers I have ever met. His energy and ideas were infectious…and always directed towards what was good for the larger community. He made this a better world. I will miss him and thank you for sharing him with us.

  • Mary A. Hansen Posted December 26, 2022 4:51 pm

    A wonderful gentleman!

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