Michael Thomas O’Kane
July 21, 1960 – September 3, 2017
Michael Thomas O’Kane passed away peacefully on September 3, 2017 at Josie Harper Hospice House surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick Joseph O’Kane. He is survived by his mother, Patricia (Brady) O’Kane; sisters: Mary O’Kane (Joseph Graif) of Minneapolis, Julie Ciaccio (Jim Warner) of Omaha, NE, Corinne O’Kane (Scott Fleischman) of Phoenix, AZ, and Ellen Rowe of Omaha; brothers, Daniel O’Kane of Minneapolis and Mark O’Kane (Joy) of Omaha, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mike suffered a spinal cord injury when he was 17 years old and lived for 39 years as a quadriplegic. Despite this tremendous handicap, he succeeded in graduating from Creighton Prep High School, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked at Creighton University, managing their heating and air conditioning systems, using a stick in his mouth to run the computers and driving his motorized wheelchair, manipulating a steering joystick with his chin. He led a remarkably busy life despite his limitation. He traveled to Singapore and Malaysia and made a few other trips. He was an avid Cornhuskers fan as well as reader and movie aficionado. He also painted, using his mouth to manipulate the brush.
VISITATION begins Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 48th St. and Woolworth Ave., followed by a wake service at 7:30. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Friday, September 8th at 10:30 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Private interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Catholic Church, Creighton Preparatory High School, or Josie Harper Hospice House, all located in Omaha, NE.