Thomas R. Cech

Thomas R. Cech
January 28, 1947 – May 6, 2020

Preceded in death by parents, Margaret and Raymond Cech. Survived by family and friends.


VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, May 22, from 4:30pm with 6:30pm VIGIL SERVICE.  MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday 10am all at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, (2110 S 32nd Ave) Memorials to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

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  • Garry Gernandt Posted May 16, 2020 6:15 pm

    Having known Tom for 70+ years, my memories of a great friend would be as lengthy as a legal brief. I will cherish them until we meet again. Go be with God, Tom.

  • Mark Alan Shively Posted May 17, 2020 6:49 am

    May he have eternal laugh and smiles in that “Hollywood’ in the sky.

  • Edward C. Lynch Posted May 17, 2020 10:12 am

    Heartfelt sorrow for family and friends of Thomas. Fellow classmate of Class of 65 Omaha South High.

  • Becky Kane Posted May 17, 2020 2:15 pm

    It’s sad to say good-bye to a good friend of 30+ years and a great Santa Claus. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Jim Wilson Posted May 17, 2020 2:41 pm

    Having known Tom for over 40 years I certainly was the reciepient of much great snd needed advice. I’m grateful for the years of friendship and a full happy smile.

  • Tabby DeSelm Posted May 17, 2020 3:56 pm

    Tom, you were a great guy and an amazing friend. You gave the best hugs! Casey and I were always your biggest fans, cheering you on when you were holding that spotlight. Fly high, buddy. We will miss you dearly.

  • Todd pacas Posted May 17, 2020 9:12 pm

    I have know him for 20 + years a friend love his laughter sense of humor and his encouragement to keep me going he will be greatly missed May he Rest In Peace sending my love and deepest sympathy know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

  • ANGELYNN J MCGEE Posted May 18, 2020 8:45 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of Tom’s friends ( I know he was beloved by many) and his family. I was Tom’s neighbor for 30+ years and will miss our chats over the fence. He was always on the “go ” and enjoyed life. Blessings Tom.

  • Kathy Roy Posted May 19, 2020 7:14 am

    It is so sad to hear about Tom’s passing. He was great friend to everyone. He also was a fun loving guy.
    He will surely be missed. Rest in pease my friend.

  • John Spilde Posted May 19, 2020 8:39 pm

    Words can not express my sadness about Tom’s death ! I will miss the conversations we had, especially< the ones where we were attempting to solve the world's problems from your porch. I will verbalize that I know you had a deep respect and admiration for your friend, Gary Gernandt, as his name often came up in our conversations. I also know that you were very proud of that Pine tree in your back yard that was planted the year you were born. {1947} I hope I can talk to someone " in authority," and plant another tree in the yard in 2020, the year of your death. {402-813-2070} These last few years I could always tell when, Tom was "out and about," because his snow shovel, he used as a cane, was at the bottom of his sidewalk, near his garage. I will always remember Tom's laugh and smile ! God love you Tom !! Sincerely, Your Council Bluffs Friend.

  • John Spilde Posted May 19, 2020 8:47 pm

    Words can not express my sadness about Tom’s death! I enjoyed the many conversations we had attempting to solve the world’s problems ! Conversations also included Tom’s deep respect and admiration for his friend, Gary Gernandt, and his pride about the Pine tree that was planted the year he was born. {1947} God Love you Tom !! Sincerely, Your Council Bluffs Friend

  • Jim Eisenhardt Posted May 20, 2020 5:26 pm

    For many years Tom was a great friend to his former music teacher, Roland Hinrichs and his wife Janet. They both cherished Tom’s visits and the many flowers, plants and gifts that would magically appear at their home. He was a wonderful friend to all who knew him.

  • Don Harm Posted May 21, 2020 8:17 am

    I want to express my feeling of loss and sadness with Tom’s passing. I knew Tom for at least 40 years, and always enjoyed talking to him. We would sit and reminisce about about the “good old days”, and how “our” world had changed so much from the days when we were young and eager. I always admired Tom’s ability to relate to younger people, because it seemed so many confided in him. I will miss being able to wave hello across a room, no matter how crowded. Rest in peace my good friend, and thanks for the memories.

  • Don Harm Posted May 21, 2020 8:51 am

    I was so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. I’ve known Tom for maybe over 40 years, going back to the days when we were both young and eager. I will miss not seeing Tom, out and about, but mostly the times when we would sit and reminisce about the “good old days”, and how much the world has changed in “our” lives over the years. Rest in peace my friend, knowing you were loved and will be dearly missed. Hope to see you again in the “GREAT DISCO” in the sky.

  • Julie Marie Powell Posted May 23, 2020 10:00 am

    I only knew Tom for a short while as a supervisor at the then Qwest Center Arena. He was a good, kind man and a joy to work with at events. He had a great smile and a wonderful demeanor that allowed him to handle any situation that arose. As I recall, he was pretty much unflappable. Rest in peace Tom

  • Howard T Swain Posted May 24, 2020 11:34 am

    I met Tom upon returning to Omaha in 1972. At Chanticleer Theatre in Council Bluffs he was a dependable tech worker and an outstanding scenic painter. I will always remember his attention to detail on every scenic piece he touched. Rest in Peace..

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