Louis Jerome Sobczyk
October 24, 1935 – August 8, 2021
Preceded in death by parents, Mary and Andrew Sobczyk; children, Jerome, Laura; grandson, Samuel. Survived by wife, Donna M.; children: Linda Wilkie (Bruce), Timothy Sobczyk, Jeff Sobczyk (Diane Meysenburg); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brother, Robert Sobczyk (Kim).
The family will receive friends Thursday, August 12th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30 at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, August 13th at 10am at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” Street. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Gerald Catholic Church or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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Louis Jerome Sobczyk was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 24, 1935. He was the older son of Andrew and Mary (Siderwicz) Sobczyk. Louis died in Omaha on August 8, 2021.
Louis attended St. Francis School and Omaha South High School where he developed a life-long love of photography. He graduated from Omaha University, later known as the University of Nebraska Omaha, with a degree in business and engineering and later a master’s degree in civil engineering. He was a founding member of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. As a licensed Professional Engineer his career spanned over 60 years working at Northern Natural Gas, HDR, and Katelman Foundry. He could design anything with his trusty slide rule and eschewed fancy computer aided design software in favor of hand drawings and a ‘reverse-polish’ calculator. His skills at tricky steel angles made him popular with local architects for custom stair and railing designs.
Louis married the love of his life Donna (Camero) on September 14, 1957. Lou and Donna shared many interests, a love of the arts, music, and travel. They square and round danced for much of their married lives, traveled extensively, and enjoyed national parks, museums and concerts. Together they raised 5 children: Linda (Bruce Wilkie), Jerome, Timothy, Jeff (Diane Meysenburg), and Laura. Lou served as Boy Scout troop leader and Scoutmaster for Troop 311, at St. Thomas More parish. A camera was never far from his hands, and he won many awards for his hand-tinted photographs. He enjoyed golf, bowling, watching the Huskers, and working jigsaw puzzles and sudoku. He would often entertain his children and grandchildren with his word games and fanciful coloring on restaurant kid’s menus. He loved his family and taught them what a loving father, grandfather, and husband looked like inspiring in them a love of the outdoors and an appreciation of nature.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and Bob Teeple; son, Jerome; daughter, Laura; and grandson, Samuel Sobczyk. He is survived by wife, Donna; daughter, Linda (Bruce Wilkie); sons, Timothy and Jeff (Diane Meysenburg); grandchildren: Robert (Mikayla Moore) Wilkie, Brent (Aunna Morford) Wilkie, Alyssa (Jeremy) Timperley, Daniel Wilkie, Alexander Sobczyk, Harrison Sobczyk, Jack Sobczyk; great-grandchildren: Allison Timperley, Jeter Louis Timperley, Waylon Wilkie; brother, Robert (Kim) Sobczyk; sister-in-law, Doris (Bill) Ferron; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.