Thomas “Tom” H. Dunham

Thomas “Tom” H. Dunham

December 26, 1939 – January 11, 2024

Tom was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 26, 1939, to Dean and Margaret Dunham and died at age 84 on Thursday, January 11, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Margaret Dunham, and his brothers-in-law, Jim Putman, John White and Gene, Denny and Harry Vollmer. He was known as “Brother” to Dean Dunham, Sally Dunham and Sue Putman; “Husband” to Connie Dunham; “Dad” to Todd (Amy), Chris (Tracy) and Mary Beth Dunham (Jay Kvidera); and “Papa” to Erica (Josh Enholm), Drew (Jaelynn), Henry, Hillary and Caitlyn Dunham.

Tom lit up every single room he walked into, never failing to either find a few old friends or make new ones. He was a lover rather than a fighter and barely had any enemies. But he would tell you that if he were to ever cross one “They’d go down in two hits: the first when I hit them and the second when they hit the ground.” His top priority was always his family. Tom was a regular at basketball and volleyball courts, baseball and football fields, and dance recitals year-round to support his grandchildren. Tom met so many great people working at banks including the First National Bank in Wahoo, Council Bluffs Savings Bank and People’s Bank in Council Bluffs. One of Tom’s favorite ways to bond with his friends and family was working on his 1950 Ford Pickup and his 1972 Pontiac LeMans. He received many awards at car shows in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area for his show-stopping vehicles.

Tom brightened so many lives just by being himself. We will forever miss his beautiful smile, contagious laugh and his warm hugs.

Papa, you were the very best of us and we miss you infinitely. We know that your spirit will live on in us forever and we send all our love to you.

Visitation with Rosary following: Thursday January 25th from 5-7pm at Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuary (7805 W Center Rd, Omaha, 68124).
Funeral Mass: Friday, January 26th at 10:30, St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church (14330 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha, 68164)

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the following high schools: Gabriel’s Corner or KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio


  • Mike Vollmer Posted January 17, 2024 1:36 pm

    He will be missed

  • Matt Putman Posted January 17, 2024 5:24 pm

    Tom will be sorely missed. He brightened rooms, gave of himself openly, and supported family and friends. Thank you for touching so many lives.

  • Mary Jo McKenbna Posted January 17, 2024 7:14 pm

    On behalf of the Anthone Family (Albert &. Patricia)-please accept sympathy of our family. Wishing you comfort and many blessings.

  • Rich Fitzgerald Posted January 18, 2024 10:44 am

    It was always such a pleasure to bump into Tom! What a fine family man with a sense of humor and a kind spirit……The last time I saw him, he was as cheerful and fun as ever. Someone told me that he was in big trouble, but was putting out the effort of “being Tom.” Great guy.
    My prayers for his loving family, He leaves a fine example.

  • Robin Trede Posted January 18, 2024 12:27 pm

    Chris, so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you all the love and hugs.

  • LeDawn Gries Posted January 18, 2024 1:21 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time.

  • Peg and Jerry Murray Posted January 19, 2024 10:28 am

    Connie and Family, With fond memories………..Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Joyce Heim Posted January 19, 2024 10:46 am

    So very sorry for your loss. I fondly remember High School band trips. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Joyce Heim Posted January 19, 2024 10:53 am

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Judy Marie Doran Posted January 19, 2024 11:57 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s death. Such a good, kind man! Connie, I remember the Wed breakfast group after Mass and all the good times we shared. May God Bless you and bring you His comfort and Peace.

    • Gary Woods Posted January 19, 2024 4:04 pm

      I worked with Tom when we both were at Council Bluffs Savings Bank. He was great with customers and did all he could to help them.

  • Patti Styskal Posted January 21, 2024 9:06 pm

    What a great guy. When you knew Tom you knew you had a friend forever. Hugs to you Connie and family. You have my Deepest Sympathy and Prayers. RIP Tom.

  • Patrick Zach Posted January 23, 2024 1:08 pm

    Tom, thank you for everything. Everybody at Mobility Motoring want to thank you for your help and smiles. God Bless you my FRIEND.

  • Jeanine Gudenrath Posted January 23, 2024 8:45 pm

    Connie, I was so sorry to hear about Tom. My love and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Richard Bergemann Posted January 25, 2024 9:07 am

    Goodbye my friend.
    I’m saddened that those true bonds and friendship Tom and I forged over the years have come to an end. Tom has left an empty void and it can never be filled. I feel so privileged and fortunate that God has seen to it that our paths crossed. He leaves an indelible legacy and exemplified what it is to be a true friend, a father, a husband and a Steward of God. I will miss him.

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