Neil G. Dopheide
July 18, 1937 – November 23, 2021
The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 28th from 2pm to 4pm at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, November 29th at 10am at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 8200 N. 3oth Street. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
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Neil G. Dopheide, husband and father of four children, passed away on November 23, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska due to complications following a stroke. Neil was born Cornelius Dopheide on July 18, 1937 at Lynch, Nebraska to Clem and Louise Dopheide. He grew up on the family farm near Butte, Nebraska and graduated from Butte High School. Shortly after high school he moved to Omaha, Nebraska and found a job as an appliance salesman with Sears, Roebuck & Company. While working at Sears, Neil met Karin Hanicke and they were united in marriage on October 6, 1962 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Omaha. Neil and Karin were blessed with four children, two daughters, Evi and Julie, and two sons, Mike and Andy.
After Karin passed away in 1974, Neil remarried and started a new career in the insurance business, travelling throughout Nebraska selling life insurance, and winning numerous company awards for top salesman. In 1985 Neil won his company’s top sales prize, a new white Cadillac DeVille, which he enjoyed for many years.
In his younger years, Neil enjoyed fishing and took trips to Canada in search of pike and walleye. He owned a boat and was known to enjoy water skiing while smoking his favorite cigar. After retirement, Neil enjoyed regular golf outings with friends at Benson golf course in Omaha, attending Nebraska football games with his wife Mary Lou, and managing his rental properties.
Neil and Mary Lou loved to travel and have fun. Neil was a good dancer and he and Mary Lou enjoyed the jitterbug in particular. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s they took many trips by bus, boat, and train, often following the Huskers to bowl games in sunny climes.
Neil is survived by his children, Evi (Brett) Berg of Omaha, Nebraska, Julie (Michael Morris) of Burbank, California, Mike (Monette) of San Jose, California, and Andy (Maija) of Overland Park, Kansas; eight grandchildren; and one brother, Charles Dopheide of Omaha, Nebraska.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, his wife Karin, his wife Mary Lou, his brother Jerome Dopheide, and his sister Frances Kirwan.