Peter Lawrence Dondelinger
May 23, 1947 – October 13, 2019
Peter was preceded in death by parents, Clara (Struppith) and Emil Dondelinger; siblings: Emil “Donnie” Dondelinger Jr., Sally (Scott) Dondelinger, Edward “Eddie” Dondelinger, Sharon (Dondelinger) Schreck-White. He is survived by his wife; Pamela Sue (Hansen) Dondelinger; siblings; William “Bill” and wife Linda (Jensen) Dondelinger, Penelope”Penny” (Dondelinger) and husband, Robert “Bob” Minardi; children, Kimberly (Dondelinger) VanCleave, Peter “Greg” Dondelinger and wife Laurie (Brown) Dondelinger; grandchildren: Mikenzie (Dondelinger) VanCleave, Mikayla VanCleave, Morgan Dondelinger, Jacob Dondelinger, and Nicole Dondelinger; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, October 21st from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:30am, West Center Chapel. Graveside Service: Tuesday, 2pm, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334.
Pete Dondelinger passed away on October 13, 2019 at the age 72. He was born on May 23, 1947 at Lutheran Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska to Emil and Clara (Struppith) Dondelinger. He shared his childhood with his six siblings: Donnie, Sally, Eddie, Sharon, Bill and twin sister, Penny.
In 1966, Pete entered the U.S. Marines Corps where he became a Corporal E-4 and was later honorably discharged on January 27, 1972. Pete proceeded to earn two associate degrees, (General Studies/ Welding) from Metropolitan Community College. Pete devoted 40 plus years to his career at Loziers as a Quality Control Specialist, retiring in 2012.
At just 15 young years, Peter met the love of his life, Pamela Sue (Hansen). Pete and Pam married on June 21, 1969 in Papillion, Nebraska and celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. They bought their family home together in 1970 and proceeded to have two children, Kimberly (1970) and Peter “Greg” (1973). Pete and Pam share five grandchildren and one great grandchild (unborn): Mikenzie, Mikayla, Morgan, Jacob, Nicole and Matthew Lawrence.
Pete was a proud member of the Millard VFW and participated in a regular bowling league with dear friends every Tuesday and Thursday. He also enjoyed rounds of golf, shooting pool, and playing his Penny Keno “many ways.” Additionally, Pete also enjoyed many vacations, loved making trips to the casino with his beloved wife, enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing, loved to dance and loved his Huskers. Pete was the best at making people laugh and could always tell a good joke.
Each morning, Pete enjoyed a hot cup of coffee on the porch where he would make friends and feed the neighborhood cat and wildlife, or in the shed with their dog Harley. When Pete wasn’t bowling, he spent most of his time at home with his wife. Pete loved his slippers and suspenders, Swisher Sweets, and his ice-cold Milwaukee’s Best, salted, of course.
Pete had a very blessed life and will be missed by so many, especially by his amazing wife, Pam, whom he loved so much and couldn’t live without.
So very sorry, Pete was one of the main guys in my life, the only one of us who had a job, when we were young men, so funny, just a great person.i know now how much of a great guy he was signing for me dearly Burke, Jim Horton ,Jim grieve, Kenny Bruce ,Larry hurt anybody else I missed, fellow Vietnam vet.
I only met Pete a couple times but I remember he always had a smile on his face. His son Greg and his wife Laurie are good friends of mine as well as his daughter Kim. My heart hurts for them as they deal with their loss. Sounds like he led a good life and raised a great family!
Sending our love and condolences to Kim and the entire Dondelinger family.
Kim is our son’s fiancee. We.are sorry that we did not have the pleasure of meeting her dear father. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to Kim and her family. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers
Very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear father. I was shocked and saddened when Tammy calle me. Take care of yourself and your Mom.
Dear Pam and Family, Steve and Pete worked together for many years and Steve always enjoyed their time together. We ,on several occasions, had the opportunity to chat with both of you at Ralston Keno as Pete would be upbeat and willing to offer his “winning strategy”—he was truly a winner in life!!! We extend to you all our heartfelt sympathy and pray that time and many pleasant memories will help heal your hearts.
My sister Barb Cahow (CO) sent me (MI) word of Pete’s death, which has me feeling a profound sadness and yet thankfulness for having Pete as a good friend in my teenage years. The photo of him posted at the West Center Mortuary captures his personality: that broad, knowing smile, his warm eyes fixed on you, his strong shoulders always seeming to lean slightly toward you in friendship and comradery. As my wife Marilyn said to me, at times like this it is hard living so far from Omaha for so many years and not being connected to old friends and classmates (Pete in high school and Pam at Henry Yates Elementary School). Know that we send our deepest regrets and sympathy to Pam and the extended Dondelinger family. Old familiar faces may change in some degrees, but old friendships do not. Kindnesses and kinships run deep. Thoughts come to mind of the positive traditional Country song: “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” No, my heart tells me, may the circle continue to be unbroken.
It was so sad to hear the news from one my dearest friends Kim who I have know since the 7th grade that her father has passed. This is a wonderful family and my heart is with them.
My heart and prayers go out to the entire Dondelinger family. I love you all so much.
I worked with Pete during many of the years that Pete worked at Lozier. Pete was a good friend to many, many, co-workers. He was also very good at his work in Quality Control. I will always remember Pete’s unique sense of humor. I know that he was a wonderful family man and wish the family strength and peace as they work through his loss.