Kenneth J. Schlueter

Kenneth J. Schlueter

April 28, 1949 – March 17, 2024

Kenneth Joseph Schlueter was born on April 28, 1949, in Omaha, NE to John (Jack) and Lorraine Schlueter. He graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 1967 and went on to attend Creighton University where he graduated in 1971, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  Following graduation Ken started working at Union Pacific (UP) in the finance department.  While attending Creighton University, he took a photography class that led to his interest in taking wedding photographs with a longtime close friend.  This interest continued well into his adult years and sparked a side business in wedding photography and invitations. 

Ken was married to Pat Hamilton on May 9, 1975.  The couple were blessed with three boys, Kenny, Kevin, and Kyle.  The family spent many summer vacations in Winter Park.  Ken had the great honor of coaching all three sons’ sports through childhood.  Ken remained at UP in the finance department for 38 years.  During his time at UP he was heavily involved in Junior Achievement and Operation Lifesaver.

As he neared retirement, Ken looked for volunteer experiences that would help keep him connected to the community of Omaha.  His years of service volunteering were spent at the UP Railroad Museum, the National Park Service, and the Omaha Visitor Center.  If not volunteering, Ken could be found in the stands supporting all of his grandkids at sporting events and school activities.  His love for his grandkids was apparent as each one of them put the biggest smile on his face. 

Ken had a love for all things outdoors.  You could often find him walking, relaxing in his hammock, golfing, and playing sports with his children and grandchildren in the backyard.

Ken and Pat also loved traveling with longtime friends, attending Creighton sporting events, outdoor concerts, and attending the Omaha Orpheum Theater and Omaha Community Playhouse.

Ken had a heart for family, faith, and serving others.  He was a true man of faith and role model for family members and friends.

Kenneth J. Schlueter died on Sunday, March 17, 2024, in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, John (Jack) and Lorraine Schlueter. Ken is survived by his wife, Pat Schlueter of Omaha, NE; children: Kenny (Nicole) Schlueter of Omaha, NE, Kevin (Cortney) Schlueter of Omaha, NE, and Kyle (Brittany) Schlueter of Logan, IA; grandchildren, Emma, Easton, Mason, Leighton, Adalynn, and Sawyer Schlueter; siblings: Paulette (Doug) Rourke of Omaha, NE and Lynn Schlueter of Omaha, NE; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends. 

VISITATION: Thursday, March 21, 5 to 7 p.m., at West Center Chapel.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, March 22, 12 p.m., at West Center Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.



  • MARGO EISCHEN Posted March 19, 2024 6:19 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Kens passing.. Prayers and thoughts sent to all. I hope you can find comfort in the memories you have of Ken, His kindness and care for you will be with you in his memory. May he rest in peace,

  • Zackary Peck Posted March 19, 2024 8:31 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Ken was a great man!

  • Knight Mona Posted March 19, 2024 8:47 pm

    My prayers for the family.

  • Jessica Fry Posted March 20, 2024 12:41 am

    Kenny and family, I am sending all my sympathies and condolences and hoping memories bring comfort in the coming days. Bless all of you, Jessica Fry

  • James J. Wiers Posted March 20, 2024 6:08 am

    Holding the Schlueter family in Comforting, Healing thought.

  • Vicki Everett Posted March 20, 2024 8:01 am

    Pat, our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.Much love ! Pat, Vicki, Kim, and Bob Everett

  • Nichole McHenry Posted March 20, 2024 12:35 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ken was a great volunteer for the National Park Service. He will truly be missed. Thinking of you during this tough time.

  • Shannon Smith Posted March 20, 2024 12:55 pm

    I worked with Ken at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. He was such a kind and dedicated volunteer; it was always a pleasure to see him and talk to him. He was a wonderful and kind-hearted person inside and out who knew so much about Omaha and always had great tips on what to explore in the city. He will be greatly missed.

  • Linda Smith Posted March 20, 2024 2:02 pm

    Mu condolences for your loss. May the great memories of the life you shared with Kenneth Schlueter comfort the family. Blessings of love and comfort for each of the family.

  • The Ruehter Family Posted March 20, 2024 2:08 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thought and prayers..

  • Mary Margaret Sheppard Posted March 20, 2024 4:32 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Schlueter. I have lots of good memories of your family and mine being together at holidays and birthdays. Will be thinking of all on Friday. I am having a Mass said for Ken. Sending lots of prayers. Love to all of you.

  • Terry Mallott Posted March 20, 2024 8:53 pm

    My condolences to Pat and the rest of the family. Ken was always a joy to spend time with.

  • Theresa & Tim Revoy Posted March 20, 2024 9:28 pm

    Pat and family wishing you our deepest condolences. Very sad to hear of the passing of Ken. We feel blessed. To have you as neighbors. Many happy memories of times spent outdoors visiting with you both. Ken will be missed, but we will treasure the time we had with him. May God comfort you and give you peace.

  • Mark Weekley Posted March 21, 2024 2:29 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed working with Ken at the National Park Service. He always had a smile on his face and was friendly to everyone. He helped many visitors and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail employees in many ways. My thoughts are will you.

  • Dan Wiley Posted March 22, 2024 7:05 am

    Sorry for your loss. Ken was a great supporter of Lewis and Clark history and visitation to the Omaha area.

  • Shannon Wiig Posted March 22, 2024 9:58 am

    Pat and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the honor of working with Ken at the Omaha Visitors Center where he volunteered his time and talents every week. I am blessed beyond words to have known him. He brightened each day and he will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Donna Adler Posted March 23, 2024 10:39 am

    Please accept my sympathy at this sad time. I worked at UPRR. Ken was a peach of a gentleman . God bless your family. 🥲

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