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.