Sudershan “Shan” Batheja

Sudershan “Shan” Batheja 

1940 – 2020


Shan was born in India and emigrated to Nebraska in 1966 to earn his Master’s degree in engineering. He married Sona Jawa in 1969, and they had three children. He started his firm, Batheja & Associates, where he served the Omaha community for over three decades. He will be remembered most for his selfless dedication to his family and his commitment to the Hindu temple.

Survived by wife, Sona Batheja; sons, Sonny [Mashal] Batheja and Ash [Jody] Batheja; daughter, Alka [Phil] Bennion; and grandchildren: Lars and Mia Bennion, Aliya and Rohan Batheja, and Ivy and Jude Batheja.


  • Taruna Walia Posted November 29, 2020 1:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our heart felt condolences. He will be missed

  • Ravi Tella Posted November 29, 2020 2:04 pm

    Very sorry to hear the loss of Shan – always polite and very friendly to all – omaha community lost a good friend – condolences to the Bhateja family …

  • Leela Bruner Posted November 29, 2020 4:12 pm

    Shan was a good, decent man. I met him a year or so before the Hindu Temple was built and was impressed with his selfless service. I haven’t seen him for many years but I still remember him. I am sure Bhagwan is blessing his soul. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

    • Perry Mehta Posted December 30, 2020 4:40 am

      Thanks for the kind words. He was my uncle and the loss still hurts. We all wanted him to pull through.

  • Ravi Maniktala Posted November 29, 2020 6:46 pm

    Know Shan for 55 years, he always inspired me, hard working and caring person. We all will miss him in Omaha. Our very best wishes and condolences to Sona and family for this very hard loss of the partner, father, grandpa. So sad to loose a friend, OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM.

  • Carolyn Diamond Posted November 30, 2020 9:25 am

    I would see Shan walking around the neighborhood. He was always a kind and decent man. My heartfelt condolences to your family.

  • David Packard Posted November 30, 2020 1:38 pm

    I worked with Shan and members of his Batheja and Associates staff through the work they did for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I was an architect and project manager for USACE. In addition, Shan served honorably for the engineering community as the President of the Omaha Post of the Society of American Military Engineers and previously in many Board positions. Shan was the consummate leader always demonstrating a professional and gentile demeanor. I learned a great deal working under his wing and will remember his selfless guidance. A very good man! God bless him and his family.

  • Vineet Gambhir Posted December 1, 2020 10:22 am

    I remember him as a kind loving man with a smile on his face always. He will be missed.

  • Monica Arora and Michael Bodensteiner Posted December 4, 2020 7:36 pm

    Our heart felt condolences to the family. We will miss him

  • Lincoln Wong Posted December 5, 2020 1:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Shan’s passing. We will miss our dear neighbor.

    • Perry Mehta Posted January 1, 2021 10:58 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. He was my uncle and the loss still hurts. We all wanted him to pull through.

  • Linda Hughes Posted January 2, 2021 2:39 pm

    I just learned that Shan had passed away. I had known him since he bought the townhouse next to me for his children to live in while they were attending college. He was so hard working and conscientious, and so thoughtful. It grieves me that he is no longer with us. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Kristin Bingham Posted January 2, 2021 11:30 pm

    I have learned of the passing of dear Shan and words can’t describe how I feel. My heart goes out to his wife Sona and his children and grandchildren. I have known Shan since 2012 as a current tenant of one of his townhouse units in Midtown. Since 2012, I have had the honor and privilege to have many great conversations with Shan, learned how he met his wife, his journey here to the States and how much he loved his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed. I can’t express the shock and disbelief of this news as I envisioned Shan as a handyman full of life and knowledge and could fix anything. He gave my family a chance when I was trying to settle down and find a home and to him for that I will be forever grateful. RIP Shan you will be missed and never forgotten.

    • Prashant Mehta Posted February 5, 2021 1:25 am

      Thanks for the kind words. He was my uncle and the loss still hurts. We all wanted him to pull through.

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