Kris Michael Minckler

Kris Michael Minckler

January 16, 1958 – June 22, 2024

Kris Minckler, 66, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away on June 22, 2024, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Kris was born January 16, 1958, in Canandaigua, New York, the son of Mark and Jan (Peacock) Minckler.  Raised in Guilford, Connecticut, Kris graduated from Guilford High School in 1976.  In his youth, Kris became a skilled mechanic and competitive motocross racer.  Kris served in the US Army as a world-wide military communications specialist, with tours of duty in Honduras and Bad Aibling, Germany.  He received a variety of commendations and was honorably discharged from active duty.  Kris subsequently earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Kris first connected with Habitat for Humanity in 1994, which started a 30-year relationship with his favorite organization.  Kris worked for the Omaha affiliate of Habitat for more than 25 years as a volunteer, construction supervisor and board member.  He also participated in several youth mission trips through the Catholic Heart Workcamp organization, using his carpentry, plumbing and electrical skills to repair homes for the elderly, sick and disabled.

For many years, Kris was an active parishioner at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

Kris is survived by his children, William Michael Minckler and Amanda Jo (Lauren) Merfeld, both from Omaha, Nebraska; two brothers, Kirk (Kelly Hupfeld) Minckler of Denver, Colorado, and Kevin (Kim Stoddard) Minckler of Branford, Connecticut; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Kraig Minckler.

Small family memorial services will take place throughout the summer in Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, and Connecticut.

Donations in Kris’s memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, 1229 Millwork Ave. Suite 301, Omaha, Nebraska 68102.


  • Logan Langholdt Posted July 10, 2024 6:13 pm

    Mr. Kris was a childhood hero. Always kind and fun-loving. He was a bright light, and I was so lucky to have that light in my life. Rest in peace, Mr. Kris.

  • Elizabeth Rachel Posted July 18, 2024 7:32 pm

    Keis was a beight light.

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