Thomas F. Buras, Jr.

Thomas F. Buras, Jr.

Nov 2, 1927 – Oct 1, 2017

Tom was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 2, 1927, to Thomas F. Buras, Sr. and his wife, Susan. On October 8, 1949, Tom married his High School sweetheart, Joan Baughman. Together, they had six children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Kinsler; his wife, and his children, Thomas F. Buras, III and Therese Buras Skaggs. Tom is survived by his son, Jim Buras, and his daughters, Sue, Beth, and Lauri; his grandchildren: Jennifer Bailey (Guy) and their sons Carter and Owen; Nick Buras; Julie Klug; Ben Buras; Summer Tavoukjian (Raffi) and their daughter Paris; James Morin; Travis Burton; Elise Morin; and Hannah Armstrong.

A veteran of World War II, Tom was an avid scholar and civil servant, having worked as a city traffic engineer in both Omaha and Los Angeles. Tom was born into a politically active family—his grandfather (Nicodemus Dargaczewski) had been Mayor of Sheelytown, a primarily Polish and Irish settlement in South Omaha in the late 1800s. Tom devoted much of his own life to political service in volunteering his time and running for Douglas County Surveyor in the 1960s.

Tom loved his heritage, desserts, and cheering the Huskers on to victory, but he will be remembered most for the love of his family, for whom he would have done anything and to whom he meant so much. He passed in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

VISITATION begins Saturday, October 7th at 9am, followed by SERVICES at 10am at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd. Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #1. Memorials may be directed to the family.







  • Julie Klug Posted October 2, 2017 10:06 am

    To the best Grandpa who’s ever lived… thank you for teaching me what love, loyalty, family, and sacrifice look like. You were always happy, always humble, and always there when I needed you. You will be missed far more than you could’ve ever known. I wish you would’ve made it to 90, but you tried harder than anyone else would have. I’ll go rollerskating for you like we’d planned. 😉 I love you.

    • Sharon Latham Posted October 6, 2017 10:10 am

      Julie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for you and family during this difficult time.

  • Laura Buras-Burton Posted October 5, 2017 11:57 am

    Dad, you taught me about God and you stood for peace, kindness and love (good health, clean house, hard work and dessert). I promised you I will pass this to my children and grandchildren. You got me whatever I wanted and helped me get through tough times with humor. I miss you so much and want to telephone you. Prayer will be the way I communicate with you now. You are and always will be a WWII Veteran! “There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers” (proverbs 6: 16-19). In Jesus name, I pray our family can be close as our time on earth is short. Until we can be together again. Amen. I love you so much. Laura Ann Buras-Burton

  • Ben Posted November 3, 2017 9:59 pm

    I just found out Grandpa died via Google Images! That might be a first. I Googled my name and saw a photo of him.

  • Marek Buras Posted January 3, 2019 2:49 pm

    My name is Marek Buras and I am Tom’s Buras cousin from Bielsko-Biala, Poland.. I met him, his wife Joan and their children back in 2002 in Omaha, as we participated in the first Buras Family Reunion. I stayed in Tom’s and Joan’s home and it was a wonderful time for all of us. I met all my Omaha Buras clan and we exchanged many information about the interesting history of our family. I found him as a very kind person, loving husband and father, grandfather, who was proud ouf his Polish roots. I am so grateful to him for this wonderful time we spent together. At the end of my time in Omaha I could say we became friends, not only cousins. I just found this information in internet accidently. I will miss you Tom Buras! I am obliging myself to organize the holy mass in the city of Pilzno, where Buras ancestors are coming from, for the souls of Tom and Joan Buras.
    Tom, I will never forget you.
    Marek Buras, Bielsko-Biała, Poland

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