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.)
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