Thomas Henry Riha

Thomas Henry Riha

February 18, 1950 – December 27, 2022

Age 72

Tom grew up on the family farm in South Omaha.  He graduated from Bryan High School in 1968 and then joined SteamFitters Local 464 as an apprentice, where he worked until he retired in 2012. He was actively involved in the union and served on their finance and examining boards. In 2021, Tom proudly received his pin for 50 years of Union service.

Tom loved to be outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. His two favorite sayings were “If it flies, it dies” or shouting “Fish on!” as he set the hook. Over the years, he enjoyed playing in local horseshoe, dart, volleyball, and cribbage leagues. Tom cherished the relationships he had, and the time he spent with his union brothers, hunting buddies, and teammates.

Tom was a huge Husker fan and never missed listening to or watching a game on TV (even if there was a wedding that day). He always enjoyed being around his family, whether it was watching Nebraska games, playing poker with his brothers, hanging out with nieces and nephews, weekends at Lake Riha, or large family gatherings for this favorite holiday, the 4th of July.

Preceded in death by parents Louis P. and Mary Riha; sister Shirley Riha; brothers Billy, Theodore, and Louis G. Riha; brother-in-law Bob Moore; and sister-in-law Linda Broders-Guyett.

Survived by wife of 28 years, Jan; daughter Amy R. Riha; son T. J. Riha (Kim); granddaughters Jenna and Krista; brothers: Frank (Kathleen) Riha, Vic (Bev) Riha, Vince (Jo Ellen) Riha; sisters: Mary Ann Moore, Lil (Bill) Cabiness, Julie (Ed) Diehm, Ev Hans, Virginia (Mike) Baye, and Barb (Russ) Widhalm; brothers-in-law: Ed Broders (Mary), Lee Broders, and John Guyett; sisters-in-law, Jan and Shirley Riha; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Visitation:  Monday, January 2nd, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with Time of Sharing at 7:00 p.m. at the West Center Chapel.

Funeral Service:  Tuesday, January 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. at the West Center Chapel.

To view a live broadcast of the service, go to  and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the homepage.

Interment:  St. John’s Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made under Tom’s name to The Lewy Body Dementia association at or via mail to:

Lewy Body Dementia Association
912 Killian Hill Road, S.W.
Lilburn, GA 30047


  • Ed and deb harris Posted December 28, 2022 4:50 pm

    We are sending our thoughts and prayers with you all at the loss of dear uncle Tom. We will always remember the cannons on July 4.! Ed and Deb Harris and family.

  • Lil Cabiness Posted December 28, 2022 6:47 pm

    Rest in peace little brother!

  • ChristieZeilinger Posted December 29, 2022 5:03 am

    I am a better person because I called him my friend. He will be missed. Jan I will always stand by your side.

  • Cordell & Barb Knudsen Posted December 29, 2022 12:16 pm

    Jan and family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. So glad we got to know Tom. Hugs.

  • Agnes Wichita Stark Posted December 30, 2022 12:07 pm

    I’m so sorry to lose another cousin from my wonderful Riha family.

  • Rich & Mary Ann Jansen Posted December 31, 2022 2:14 pm

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you Jan & all the Riha Family at this time of sorrow!

  • Tom and Karen OConnor Posted January 1, 2023 1:15 pm

    There are no words to express our deep sadness for you on the loss of your dear brother, Tom.
    It is never easy to lose a sibling, but all your childhood and adult memories will help you to cope in the coming months.
    As Helen Keller said, “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  • Mary Nelson Posted January 2, 2023 12:34 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Riha family at this time of sorrow.

  • Dennis and Elaine Birnstihl and family Posted January 2, 2023 12:29 pm

    Rest in heavenly peace, amazing Tom. Will never forget the fun times we all had with you. You will not be forgotten . Sending lots of love to the Riha family..♥️

  • Mr & Mrs Mark SR Blankman Posted January 2, 2023 3:59 pm

    May the angels bring you peace and happy memories give comfort. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and yourfamily.

  • Scott & Sandie Knudsen Posted January 2, 2023 6:11 pm

    Sandie and I both send up prayers and most sincere condolences to the entire family. We are saddened at the loss of another good South Omaha man from a solid, giving South Omaha family.

  • Debbie Blankman-Sijdeoar Posted January 7, 2023 9:57 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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