Thomas H. Sires
July 24, 1934 – August 27, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Thomas Henry Sires, whose life was marked by an unwavering dedication to education, soaring adventures, his beautiful family, and a remarkable talent for mechanics. Professor Sires, who dedicated 52 years of his life to shaping young minds at the University of Nebraska Omaha, passed away on August 27, 2023, in Omaha Nebraska, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire awe and admiration.
Born on July 24th, 1934, in La Crosse WI, Professor Sires’ life was driven by diverse passions.
As an esteemed college professor, Professor Sires embodied the true spirit of mentorship. He wasn’t merely an educator; he was a guiding light, encouraging his students to explore, question, and grow their passion for engineering and mathematics. His dedication and leadership of programs such as Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) opened doors for students of diverse backgrounds, and his championing of fun and engaging events like concrete canoe competitions, made learning accessible and exciting.
Beyond his illustrious academic career, he was also an accomplished pilot, and he possessed an unparalleled knack for mechanics; from the intricacies of automobiles to the inner workings of aircraft, his capable hands and sharp mind could fix just about anything with a combustion engine. His ingenuity and ability to bring life back to failing vehicles was a personal point of pride, much to the chagrin of his patient family.
Professor Sires’ talents extended beyond academia and mechanics. Most importantly, he was a devoted father, a cherished grandfather, and great-grandfather. His stories, humor, and presence brought joy to countless family gatherings. He loved taking his many family members and friends on plane rides in “Sally”, camping and boating at Lake McConaughey, NE, and going on far-ranging adventures from Calgary to Cologne.
Professor Sires was preceded in death by his first wife of 20 years Mary; his devoted mother, Helen Giesen; his father, Marvin “Chappy” Sires; siblings, Bill Sires, Mary Jane Sires, and Charlie Sires. Tom’s legacy lives on through his surviving family members, including his loving wife of 49 years, Claudie; children: Mike (Karen) Sires, Theresa (Mark) Charbonneau, Tomi (Mark) Moos, Nellie (Grism) Sires; brothers, Don (Donna) Sires, Phil (Claudia) Ervin; nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren (with one more coming soon!). As they remember his kind heart, generous humor, and insatiable curiosity, they are reminded to embrace life’s complexities with the same spirit of adventure and determination.
Rest in peace, Tom, knowing that your legacy lives on through the stories, the knowledge, and the love you shared with the world.
VISITATION: Friday Sept 1, 2023, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S 86th St., with a VIGIL SERVICE directly following. FUNERAL SERVICES: Saturday Sept 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., at Christ the King. INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.