McVEY, John Neil

John Neil McVey Dec 23, 1933 – Sept 11, 2015 Age 81, of Omaha, Nebraska and Paradise Valley, Arizona; passed away peacefully under the loving warmth of his family on September 11, 2015 at his home in Omaha. John was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Teresa (Feeney) and Edward McVey and attended De La Salle Military Academy. Upon graduation, John began working as a fire sprinkler apprentice in Kansas City, where he learned the sprinkler business from the ground up. After marrying Mary Jane Howard they relocated to Omaha, Nebraska. They were happily married for 59 years and had five children. In 1971, John partnered with his brother, Bill McVey, and formed Continental Fire Sprinkler Company. Continental grew to become one of the largest and most successful fire sprinkler protection companies in the United States. Operating in over 40 states with 275 employees, they sold the company to Peter Kiewit in 2007. John was a passionate man who lived life to its fullest. His many hobbies included hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling with his wife, family and friends. John was loved by all who knew him for his vivacious spirit and generous heart. John was preceded in death by his parents, Teresa and Edward; sister, Rosemary Lagomarcino; brother, Edward McVey and son, Kerry McVey. John is survived by his spouse, Mary Jane of Omaha, Nebraska and his daughters, Kimberly (Kelly) McIllece of Tucson, Arizona, Julie (Jeff) Petersen of Omaha, Nebraska, Jennifer (Edward) Storm of Omaha, Nebraska, and Angela (Michael) Clofine of New York, New York; daugher-in-law, Renee (Denny) Hogan; grandchildren, Ryan Jardine, Amanda Saludez, Jeff McIllece, Meagan McIllece, Christopher Storm, Matthew Storm, Andrew Storm, Ashley Quiel, Lauren McVey, Brittany McVey, John Clofine and Ella Clofine; 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday, September 14th, from 5pm to 7pm at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the Church. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, September 15th at 10:30 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Entombment, Resurrection Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the Kerry N. McVey Memorial Scholarship Fund #01106120.; 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300 Lincoln, NE 68508; 402-458-1100 Condolences may be left on John Neil McVey’s online guest book at

HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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