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.
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