Michael C. Wiese

Michael C. Wiese

August 17, 1946 – November 9, 2020


On November 9, 2020, beloved husband, father and grandpa, Michael C. Wiese, passed away surrounded by his family.  Michael graduated from Omaha Westside in 1964 and attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln, graduating from UNO in 1971.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1973 before starting his career with the Omaha City Planning Department.  In 1985, he became the executive director of the Omaha Development Foundation.  Michael then went on to work with Grubb & Ellis Pacific Realty (now Colliers International) and Noddle Development.  He worked on several significant projects including the Conagra campus, First National Business Park, Gallup’s headquarters, Aksarben Village and the new Boys Town development in West Omaha.  In 2015, he was inducted into Commercial Real Estate Summit Hall of Fame.

Michael married Kathleen Martin in 1972 and had two daughters, Stephanie and Megan.  His first love was spending time with family (ideally with a football game on in the background—any football game), and taking his family to “MickeyWorld”.  He was a loyal and true Husker fan, always with his headphones on tuned into the radio broadcast (which was a little ahead of the TV, so he would tip off his family to the upcoming plays) and never turned off the game early.  He enjoyed golfing, especially at the family cabin in Park Rapids, MN where the family spent time every summer.  Michael loved large family get-togethers and being surrounded by an audience for his notorious jokes.  He was known for reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve in his trademark booming voice with everyone joining in.  He especially loved his grandchildren, Scarlett (4) and Freddie (7 months) and was so happy to finally meet Freddie shortly before he died.

An unparalleled positive attitude and outlook propelled Michael through numerous chemo treatments, a stem cell transplant and many trips to the hospital.  He never complained; in fact, he marveled at the advancements of science that allowed him to stay on this earth as long as he did.  Michael once said his goal was to outlive his father, and anything beyond that was “bonus time”.  We are so blessed to have had 12 years of bonus time with him.

Preceded in death by parents, Kristine and Clark.  Survived by wife, Kathleen M.; daughters, Stephanie Severson (Brett) and Megan Wiese; grandchildren, Scarlett and Fredrik; brother, Joel (Kathy); many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, November 13th from 9am to 10am, at Christ the King Catholic Church (654 S. 86th St.) followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am.  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Essential Pregnancy Services (E.P.S.)

To view a live broadcast of the Mass and Graveside Services, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.





  • Paula (Boysen) Lindberg Posted November 11, 2020 12:20 pm

    I was so sorry to hear about the death of your husband, Kathy. Michael sounded like a wonderful person and I know that you will all miss him. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

    • Kathy Wiese Posted November 17, 2020 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Paula.

  • Kaiser Family Posted November 11, 2020 1:08 pm

    We loved reading about your dad Steph. We send you and your family our heartfelt sympathy as you say goodbye to your dear dad.

  • Patty Auracher Posted November 11, 2020 1:16 pm

    My Dear Kathy and family, my heart and prayers goes out to you with the love of your life. Mike filled life with love and joy. I know your heart is broken but his memories will be with you always. Keep telling his stories of love. My love goes out to you.

    • Kathy Wiese Posted November 17, 2020 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Patty.

  • Jeff & Peggy Brady Posted November 11, 2020 6:23 pm

    Megan – we’re so sorry to hear about your Dad. He sounds like a real treat and I’m sure you will miss him. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Connie Kerwin Aliano Posted November 11, 2020 6:39 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Mike a couple times, but he was so friendly and outgoing. Great to talk with. I especially remember sharing stories about Park Rapids and how fast he could make the trip. My family still goes up north every summer. I think he was probably an amazing husband and you shared a lifetime of really good “stuff”.
    I will keep you all in my prayers my friend .

    • Kathy Wiese Posted November 17, 2020 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Connie.

  • Diana Pross Posted November 12, 2020 11:14 am

    Mike will be greatly missed by so many in Omaha who knew him. He contributed much to the betterment of the city and the livability of many of it’s communities . I send caring wishes of comfort to my dear friend Kathy, and to Stephanie, Brett, and Megan.

    • Kathy Wiese Posted November 17, 2020 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Diana.

  • Kevin Kelly Posted November 13, 2020 9:53 am

    I love you Aunty Kathy, Steph and Meg. Will be with y’all watching from home.

    • Kathy Wiese Posted November 17, 2020 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Kevie. 💕

  • John LaRandeau Posted November 21, 2020 10:35 am

    I am a Westside High School Class of 64 classmate of Mike’s. I will always remember Mike’s great smile and the fun he was. As a Reunion Committee member and Webmaster of http://www.westside-64.com Mike’s passing was communicated with all the class. We also posted an In Memory page for Mike. Many of Mike’s classmates posted comments there. Pages are locked for security, however if a family member wants to be a Guest Member, let us know by going to the website and click on CONTACT US on the navigation list on the left column of the page.

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