LeVern F. “Vern” Ohlinger

LeVern F. “Vern” Ohlinger

September 5, 1937 – December 9, 2022

Vern was born to Leo and Madeline (Elder) Ohlinger in Portsmouth, Iowa, on September 5, 1937. The family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he later attended Cathedral High School. Vern met his wife Janice (Doran) while ice skating at Aksarben. They were married for 62 years and parents to Rod and Deb.

Vern served in the Army Reserves for several years. He worked in the construction industry most of his life and owned Ohlinger Construction Specialties. Vern and Jan were original members of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Parish. Vern remained active in many roles, including serving funerals, counting money, and delivering communion to housebound and nursing home residents. He was a lifelong and Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an election official for over 30 years and always lent a helping hand to the organizations to which he belonged.

Vern enjoyed a wide variety of activities throughout his life, including golfing; fishing; bowling; coaching soccer, hockey, and basketball; watching dance recitals; playing bridge; and singing in Barbershop and church choirs. He and Jan loved to entertain and hosted many birthdays, holidays, and 4th of July celebrations. Vern loved his cats and dogs over the years and was dedicated to the birds and squirrels in his backyard. He also enjoyed taking care of his flowers and plants. He and Jan enjoyed visiting family in Colorado and Oregon and attending musicals and plays. Not afraid to try new things, he learned to play the keyboard in recent years and was working on mastering bread making.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Madeline; sister, Judy Sampier; and brothers-in-law, Bob Roberts and Craig Cockson. He is survived by his wife, Janice S. Ohlinger; daughter, Deb Ohlinger and son-in-law, Matt Lindburg; son, Rod Ohlinger; two grandchildren, Jaimie and Kayla; great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosalee Roberts and Joyce Cockson; brother-in-law Larry Sampier; brother- and sister-in-law, Don and Marlene Doran; nieces and nephew.

VISITATION: Tuesday, December 13th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, December 14th at 10:30am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific.  Family Entombment, Calvary Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Father Shane Education Endowment at St. Robert’s, Nebraska Humane Society, or charity of your choice.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.




  • Maryann Mah Posted December 10, 2022 7:01 pm

    Wishing you peace in the future.
    Love, Maryann

  • Mary Jo Ellis Posted December 11, 2022 9:03 am

    Prayers for Jan and the family.

  • Steven Palzer Posted December 11, 2022 11:34 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Joe & Jan Taylor Posted December 11, 2022 12:08 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you Jan and your Family. Vern was a great friend and a outstanding brother knight. He will be missed by many.

  • Craig Michael Collins Posted December 13, 2022 11:08 am

    Vern inspired his fellow Knights with his dedication to our faith and tremendous service to the Catholic Church. We will miss him as a brother Knight.

  • Rev.Michael Schmitz Posted December 13, 2022 2:56 pm

    I wishto extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Vern. He was a great person and I will remember him and family in my prayers.

  • Joni and Dave Krickbaum Posted December 13, 2022 11:38 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

    Dave and Joni Krickbaum

  • Carolyn Hein Posted December 14, 2022 12:46 pm

    Dear Jan, Deb and Matt, and Rod,
    I was so sorry to learn of Vern’s passing, but I know he is serving now with family and friends in heaven. Thank you for livestreaming the services, as I couldn’t be there. The funeral mass was beautiful. It was both consoling and inspiring. Vern would definitely have approved.
    With prayers,
    Carolyn Hein (Vern’s cousin–one of John Ohlinger’s clan)

  • Andre Fayad Posted December 29, 2022 7:30 pm

    I’am sorry to learn that my best work collegue has passed. an adorable honest man that I have ever worked with. may his sole rest in peace… I will miss him and all the jokes we used to share… May he be in Haven…

  • Mary Lou ODonnell Posted July 15, 2023 7:34 pm

    My love and prayers are extended to all the family

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