Modere ‘Ray’ Fernand Bruneteau III

Modere ‘Ray’ Fernand Bruneteau III, 79, of Omaha, NE, passed away on May 21, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Ray was born on April 19, 1941 to Modere Fernand II and Norma Bruneteau in Detroit, MI. He is preceded in death by his mother and father; sisters, Yvette (Steier) and Charmaine (Barry); his first wife, Lisa (Klassen) Bruneteau. Ray leaves behind loving wife, Kathy (Lusero) Bruneteau, children: Renee (Chris) Dervin, Modere IV, Cynthia, Nicole Joy (Jon); step-daughter, Rachel Culp; grandchildren: Bailey, Sarah, Rozlyn, Matthew, Jordan, Samantha, Gabe; great-grand daughter, Nova. And special family, Bob, Melinda, Nathan and Noah Schuette.

Vigil Service: Wednesday, May 27,  2020, 7PM West Center Chapel with family receiving friends from 4-7PM per CDC guidelines.

 Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, May 28, 2020, 10:30AM St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church.

Interment: Omaha National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to The Tangier Shrine and The Millard American Legion Post 374.

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  • Kelly Dhainin Posted May 25, 2020 10:54 am

    R.I,P, my friend and brother. You are now on your way for the ultimate road trip. You will be missed by many. GOD bless you and your family.

  • Patrick BRUNETEAU Posted May 26, 2020 6:28 am

    Condoléances. Prenez la route du ciel pour rejoindre vos ancêtres. Courage à votre famille.

  • wayne simpson Posted May 26, 2020 6:54 am

    This is a very important person regarding hockey in Omaha and Detroit. His father, I’m thinking, was none other than “Mud” Bruneteau, one time player-coach of the Omaha Knights hockey team of the 1940s and former Detroit Red Wing who scored the winning goal in the longest game in the 1930s. Mud may have had a hand in coaching such players in Omaha by the name of Gordie Howe,, Terry Sawchuck, and others of that era. It’s a long time ago, but the Omaha paper, I would hope, should write about the connection of son Modere to Omaha and the hockey world that existed in that era. I didn’t know Modere but I drank a beer in the bar belonging to ex-Omaha Knight, Mud. The bar was just east of 72nd & Maple and had large pictures of Detroit Red Wing hockey in the 1930-40 era.

  • Ronald N, & Clara M. Paquin Posted May 26, 2020 9:56 am

    In Deepest Sympathy for the Passing of Cousin “Ray” on May 21st   

    We mourn the passing of Modere “Ray”. May he rest in peace following his final long stay and care in hospital by his doctors and nurses.  Sincere sympathy to his family for their loss.  As cousins in Canada, we certainly remember many good times and Family times whenever together; this extended over 72 years.  We enjoyed getting together in both youth at the summer cottage and our adult lives in Omaha, Hawaii, Florida and Winnipeg, Calgary & Kingston.  Ray was always most sociable to all and many who knew him. 
    Cousin Ron & Clara Kingston, Ontario Canada 

  • Ray Paquin & Jeanne Turcotte Posted May 26, 2020 6:00 pm

    Modere (Ray) served his country in the US Navy, spent most of his working life on the road in the beverage industry, was fortunate to meet and wed Lisa with whom he had four children and after Lisa’s passing, was blessed again to marry the kind and loving Kathy. Ray met, knew and made friends with more people than one could count or remember because he was so open and kind to others. I, a cousin, with my wife, enjoyed his and Kathy’s generous hospitality and friendship. Thanks for the memories. May Godspeed you and smile upon Kathy. Amen.

  • Tiffany Besch Posted May 27, 2020 12:41 pm

    Praying for moments of comfort, a lot of love, and slivers of peace through this season of grief for you all. May these moments, slivers and limitless love slowly grow and get us through to new seasons.

    Ray fully exhibited hope, faith, generosity, laughter and love. May hd be an example to us all . May we live these examples of Ray each day.

  • Mary Jane Camero Posted May 27, 2020 4:52 pm

    Ray was a classmate of mine at Holy Name High School.i remember him as a young man with a very good heart..My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.. May God give you all strength to carry on and grant Ray
    His eternal peace,

  • Rick and Cathy Heuertz Posted May 27, 2020 7:31 pm

    We are very sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. We’ve known him for 40 years and have had some memorable times over those years.

  • Sue Klopp Posted May 28, 2020 2:16 am

    I will miss seeing Ray at Mass! He has always been a blessing to me with his kind, friendly personality. I called him “my RAY of sunshine”!
    May God bless your sweet soul, my dear friend, and may He watch over your loved ones and help them through this loss. Thanks for being a great example for me of hanging in there without complaint and living well the life God led you through. May you eternally be happy and peaceful in God’s mighty embrace! I love you, my Ray of sunshine!!

  • John Pederson Posted May 28, 2020 9:29 am

    Ray and I worked together for 38 years. He was a great friend and mentor. We had a lot of great adventures and Marsha and I will miss him greatly.

  • Gareth Stevens Posted May 29, 2020 7:46 am

    I worked with Ray in the 90’s. I was new to the company but Ray was so kind and generous with his time and really helped guide me to be the best I could be. He was a joy to be around with wise advice, amazing stories and some of the best one-liners that I still use today. Or lively Avs versus Red Wings debates were epic. I was sad when he retired because he was such a great team member. I write this with the heaviest of hearts as he will truly be missed.

  • Robert & Sharon Murray Posted May 29, 2020 7:57 am

    RIP. Modern, worked with you, when you worked for different companies. But away considered you to be a good guy, a good friend and a genuine character. Remembering all of the special event we shared , brings a smile to my face.

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