Richard Joseph Lanoue

Richard Joseph Lanoue

October 6, 1947 – November 4, 2023

Richard Joseph Lanoue passed peacefully at his home at Newport House following a brief hospitalization.  Rick was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Eli and Wanda (Knight) Lanoue.  Eli and Wanda adopted Rick on May 20, 1950, from St. James Orphanage.  Rick attended J. P. Lord School and later participated in ECHO, a social group for disabled young people.  Rick had an amazing memory, (knew more than 400 birthdays), possessed knowledge of rock and roll music, and was a savant in calendars.  He hosted an annual Christmas Show for more than 60 years.  Rick lived a joyful life, loved his family and his caregivers, and was an inspiration to all who met him.

Rick is survived by his brother, Dr. David G. Lanoue (Dr. Kathleen Davis); sisters, Deborah L. Boyle (Timothy) and Janelle L. Reeder (Daniel); 8 nephews and nieces, and 15 grandnephews and grandnieces.  Rick was preceded in death by his parents, and his grandniece, Kimberlee I. Malcom.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:  Saturday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St. Omaha.  VISITATION: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., prior to the Mass.  PRIVATE INTERMENT at Resurrection Cemetery.  MEMORIALS  are suggested to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church and Newport House at Immanuel Fontenelle, all in Omaha, Nebraska.


  • Jane Patterson Posted November 7, 2023 2:38 pm

    Janelle, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    • Janelle Posted November 8, 2023 6:30 am

      Thank you Jane

  • Jeff Boyle Posted November 8, 2023 10:47 am

    Miss you, Rick.

    Grayson Richard is named after you because you had such a wonderful impact on our lives. I have talked about that with him in the past and Grayson understood to a degree. Now with your passing we talked about it again and he understands a bit more about it. Of course he didn’t know you like I did but he knows the kind of man you were. We will remember you for years to come.

    PS Sorry when I was distracting at your Christmas show when I was a kid.

  • Carolyn Lanoue Posted November 8, 2023 8:17 pm

    Janelle. My sincere sympathy. Know I send prayers to you and your family. My love for all of you continues b

    • Janelle Reeder Posted November 10, 2023 6:55 am

      Thank you so much for reaching out. Our family truly appreciates it. I know that Rick touched the hearts of many.

  • janis marie johnson Posted November 8, 2023 8:29 pm

    I have always been impressed with the love your family shared, your Dad once talked about how much joy Rick had given him and it showed. Rick radiated JOY!

    • Janelle Reeder Posted November 10, 2023 6:57 am

      Janis, that is true. He shared his love of Christmas and all that it should mean to us year round!

  • Debby Fitzgarrald Posted November 10, 2023 11:48 am

    You will be missed your smile and laugh. The way you remember dates and days! God blessings to all!

  • Thomas P Hines Posted November 12, 2023 1:40 pm

    Rick is forever and fondly etched in my childhood memories. He was a remarkable person. I learned a lot by knowing him and watching how his family cared for him. He made the world a better place.


  • Kenneth Paul Hodges Posted November 12, 2023 10:50 pm

    Rest in Peace Rick.

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