Richard Paul Jeffries
May 10, 1943 – January 19, 2021
Beloved husband of M. Jane Huerter; adored father of: Rick (Leslie) Jeffries, Anne Collins, Lisa (Keith) Keller and Jane (Mica Racine) Jeffries, his children from his first wife, Kathleen Turner Jeffries, who preceded him in death; dear grandfather to: Paul and Claire Jeffries, Katie and Emily Collins, Sydney, Cole, Blake and Graham Keller, and Henry and Della Racine. Also survived by his brothers, Ronald E., and R. Thomas Jeffries. Preceded in death by his parents, Margaret S. and Ronald E. Jeffries; brother, Patrick W. Jeffries.
Born in Peoria, Ill., Dick moved to Omaha from Sioux City, Iowa, with his family when he was 16. He was a graduate of Creighton University and its School of Law. He practiced law with the office Emil Sodoro; Riedmann, Welsh and Jeffries; Gross & Welch; and Cline Williams Wright Johnson and Oldfather.
Dick served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Godfather’s Pizza, President and co-owner of Team 1 Ford, and led several economic development initiatives for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Dick was a proud booster of Omaha and a long-time community leader. The organizations Dick served included Creighton Preparatory School, Creighton University, Food Bank for the Heartland, First Westroads Bank, the Omaha Public Power District, the Omaha Zoning Board of Appeals.
Thoughtful, generous and clever, Dick could make anyone laugh. His love of cars, boats and planes was exceeded only by his love for his family and friends. Despite the many health challenges of his final years, he considered himself a lucky man until the end of his life.
VISITATION: Monday, 3:00-7:00PM with family present 5:00-7:00PM. VIGIL: 7:00PM, all at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, 12:00NOON, St. John’s, Creighton University. Masks required and social distancing will be practiced. Seating is limited and registration for in-person attendance is required at www.stjohns-creighton.org.
INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Creighton University School of Law or the College of St. Mary.
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