Michael O. Barmettler
May 22, 1932 – October 6, 2020
Michael Otto Barmettler was born in Omaha on May 22, 1932, the third of eleven children of William T. and Dorothy Flynn Barmettler of Omaha. He married Mary Beth Tourek, the love of his life 38 years ago.
In 1956 he started a residential security patrol company which later expanded into Security International, Inc. which was a multi-faceted security company operating in 22 states. In 1985 Security International, Inc. was sold to Baker Industries. At the time of the sale, it was the largest privately owned security company in the Midwest. Mike started his career as a night patrolman and went on to become a leading expert in security services that included fire and burglar alarms, armored car, time sensitive courier, night patrol and guards. Later he expanded into computerized energy management systems. Upon retiring from the security field, he started a successful second career in videography. His favorite projects included the professional films he created and lifetime videos for the weddings of his own nieces and nephews.
Mike is most remembered for his kind, generous, and positive spirit, and his desire to be protective of those around him. He was a trail master who loved to lead Jeep expeditions through remote Colorado towns and challenging mountain passes. He was always seeking out new paths to explore.
Mike is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; his sons: Tom (Wendi) of Rush City, MN; Steve (Faith) of Roanoke, ID; and Kevin (Mary) of Tigard, Oregon; grandsons: Joe, Alex and Andrew; granddaughter, Alicia; siblings: William Jr. of San Jose, CA, Patricia Fairchild of Omaha; Jim (Kay) of Cullman, Alabama; Dennis of Oceanside, California; Ann Hug (Jerry) of Omaha; and Daniel (Sandy) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; many nieces, nephews; special friend and helper, Leland Macke; countless friends; and his special Pomeranian girls, DeeDee, Dia, and especially Demi “Peanut”, who was the apple of his eye. He was preceded in death by his son, David and siblings: Joseph, Renie Murphy, David, and Madeline Kinninburgh.
Memorials can be sent to: Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840. Please designate the gift is in memory of Michael Barmettler, account 05-53019, which supports the neurology research of Dr. Nicholas Jeffery. Memorials can also be sent to: St. Cecilia Cathedral OR The William and Dorothy Barmettler Scholarship, St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, 701 N 40th St., Omaha, NE 68131.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, October 9th 2020, beginning at 6:30pm, at St. Cecilia Cathedral (701 N. 40th St.) followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, October 10th, 11am, St. Cecilia Cathedral. INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery. Please no flowers. Masks Required.
To view a live broadcast of the Vigil, Mass and Graveside Services, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.