Richard Thomas LaFerla

Richard Thomas LaFerla

December 13, 1951 – January 31, 2022

Preceded in death by parents, Bernadette and Frank LaFerla.  Survived by companion, Edwina Justus; sisters, Cheryl Schanbacher (John), Kathy Owen (Dave); several nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: Friday, February 4th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm, all at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th Street.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, February 5th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Christ the King Catholic Church.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Preceded in death by parents, Bernadette and Frank LaFerla.  Survived by companion, Edwina “Curlie” Justus; sisters, Cheryl Schanbacher (John), Kathy Owen (Dave); nieces and nephews: Jim Schanbacher, Steve Schanbacher, Mike Owen (Leah), Dan Owen, Kristine Schanbacher (Kyle); Phil Schanbacher (Sierra), Joe Schanbacher (Marissa).

In his professional life, Richard was known as a brilliant engineer.  He served as an Electrical Engineer at the US Army Corps of Engineers for over 40 years.  Richard received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and later received his Professional Engineering License.  Outside of engineering, he had an excellent mind for the stock market.  He voraciously learned everything he could about it and loved sharing his knowledge and ideas.

In his personal life, Richard loved spending time with his family.  He was a staple at all family gatherings and parties, and if there was not an occasion to celebrate, he would frequently make one by coming over with food for everyone.  Richard also loved taking his family members to baseball games.  His favorite team was the Omaha Royals. 





  • Marion Perry-Burse Posted February 4, 2022 2:58 pm

    We the Burse- Perry Family ,wish to extend to Richard’s Family & to you Edwina ( Curly ) our deepest HEART Felt sympathy in the lost of your brother & Companion Richard. We won’t say not to cry because you have lost someone that you love. It’s going to take time but the pain will ease. You have your memories, cherish them & when get a little rough & they will, Remember the good times. Be BLESSED Family & we will keep you all in our PRAYERS. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Terri Lewis Posted February 4, 2022 8:35 pm

    RIP Mr. Richard. What a kind soul you were in the little time spent with you. A quiet man with few words unless it was politics or the stock market! He felt what he felt, and meant what he said!!!!!
    Deepest condolences,
    Terri Lewis (Curlie’s sister)

  • Gary P Eurek Posted February 6, 2022 12:11 pm

    Gwen and I are sorry for your loss. We are sorry that we could not attend the services. I will always remember visiting Aunt Berna and Uncle Franks and marveling at the precision cousin Ricky put into completing all the model airplanes he had completed and showcased through out his room.

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