Michael O. Barmettler

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.




  • Ann Hug Posted October 7, 2020 3:38 pm

    Mike’s family of birth was enriched by his presence and love through the years, and now we pray we will all know each other again in a deeper, richer way than before. God bless all of us who had the privilege of calling him our brother, husband, father, uncle, cousin or very good friend. We give thanks.

  • Bo Gratton Posted October 8, 2020 10:42 am

    A man that touched my life in many ways. I am sorry to see you go but I sure you will have an new adventure waiting for you.

  • Andy, Laura, Sarah and Daniel Reichart Posted October 8, 2020 1:12 pm

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss! Cherish all the memories you had together over the years! Our thoughts are with you. We pray you will find comfort in those memories and the support of each other during this time of grieving. Love Always, Andy, Laura, Sarah & Daniel Reichart

  • Dan Barmettler and Sandy Felt Posted October 8, 2020 1:31 pm

    Michael was a wonderful big brother. As the youngest of 7 brothers I experienced the gift of his energy, kindness and joy of life that he shared with all of his brothers and sisters. His legacy lives on with his own family, grandkids and a large circle of friends who have been touched by Mike’s warmth, generosity, and presence.

  • Keith & Cathy Yosten, Cheyenne Wyoming Posted October 8, 2020 7:18 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We both worked for Mike in the late 70’s. He was a very caring and wonderful man. Heaven gains another angel.

  • Sarah Vander Hyden Posted October 8, 2020 7:26 pm

    It was an honor to have known Mike for so many years. He influenced
    many people’s lives including the most important ones, his sons.
    His loving generosity will continue on through them.

  • Sarah Vander Hyden Posted October 8, 2020 7:28 pm

    It was an honor to have known Mike for so many years. He influenced
    many people’s lives including the most important ones, his sons.
    His loving generosity will continue on through them.

  • Robert E. Shears Sr Posted October 8, 2020 7:39 pm

    Mike was my dearest friend and brother for the majority of our lives. We went through it all. The Good times and the bad times. Mary Beth, you are a lovely lady who embraced me and always welcomed me into your home. Special Love, Bobby

  • Robert E Shears Sr. Posted October 8, 2020 10:22 pm

    Mike was my dearest friend and brother for the majority of our lives. We went through it all together, happy times and sad times. Mary Beth, you are a lovely lady, who embraced me and always welcomed me into your home.
    Special Love,

  • Rhonda Fauss Posted October 9, 2020 11:34 am

    My husband Lanny and I first met Mike and Mary Beth at a motorhome rally in Jackson Hole, Wyoming many years ago. We became friends here in Omaha and even visited them when they wintered in Chula Vista, California. Mike was a wonderful guy and I know he will be missed by so many. I’m sure he and Lanny are already talking motorhomes! May God grant you peace and comfort, Mary Beth.

  • Pam Buckley Posted October 9, 2020 7:54 pm

    MaryBuns….. You and Michael touched my heart many years ago! You we’re both so welcoming and so very loving the very first time I met you. We seemed to have bonded instantly. Michael was your Rhett and you where the love of his life! He was one of the most gentle loving men I have ever had the pleasure to know. I am so very sorry for your loss as well as for Tom, Steve and Kevin and all those that loved him… I will never forget Michael’s kindness, and gentle soul and the way he treated you with all that kindness and love! It was a long time ago but I will never forget how special he and you both were. Sorry we lost touch but never ever forgotten.. Your memories will keep Michael here forever. Please know that you and the family are in my prayers. Love and miss you dearly!

  • Tom Forman Posted October 10, 2020 5:25 am

    Mary Beth: Nan & I send you our condolences on your loss and our love. You’ve been expecting Michael’s passing for some time. Like your mother, God was still working in him and preparing him for his journey to Heaven. Take comfort in all the memories you have. And knowing that through Michael’s suffering, he went straight to heaven with Jesus and his loved ones. What a reunion! God Bless you in the days ahead with his Divine Love and Mercy. Love, Tom & Nan Forman

  • Jason Cummings Posted October 10, 2020 3:11 pm

    Mr Barmettler was an influence in my life more than he will ever know. He volunteered his time, along with Mr. Driver, to mentor a lucky group kids in the “train club” at Nathan Hale Jr. High. I looked up to him, we all did, and I still value some of his advice. “Never look a cutting wheel in the eye”. He was always looking out for everyone’s safety. He was also very proud of his family yet humble at the same time. Mary Beth, he loves you to the next galaxy and back, I noticed that when I was only 13 yrs. old. I am grateful for the two years of his time and wisdom that he shared with me.

  • Susan Slezak Posted October 11, 2020 1:20 pm

    One of the best pleasures in my life was getting to know the extended Barmettler family. I knew Mike through brother Joe. I was Joe’s secretary for 30 years. I soon learned to know and love all of the Barmettler clan. Mary Beth, please accept my prayers. It is not easy losing a husband. Many years ago Michael showed up at the same stop smoking class (it didn’t work for either of us). To all of the Barmettler family, I love you guys and my prayers are always with you.

  • Larri Tourek Dickson Posted October 12, 2020 2:54 pm

    Mary Beth. I was sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort you until you meet again.

  • Timothy Tourek Posted October 15, 2020 5:48 pm

    Very sorry to hear about Mikes passing. My heart goes out to you Mary. Also Tom, Steve, and Kevin. A giant of a man that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

    Rest In Peace Goose. Thank you for everything!

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