Vincent Moragues, Jr.
January 23, 1944 – February 5, 2019
Vincent Moragues Jr., 75, died on February 5, 2019 at Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages in Papillion, Nebraska where he had been a resident for three years. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 23, 1944 to Margaret (Erbacher) and Vincent Moragues, Sr.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Donna; former wife, Kay Green (Walt); sons, Bob Moragues (Karin Stein) and Dave Moragues (Julie); stepdaughter, Jessica Goldoni (Brett Lesac); grandchildren: Anthony, Richard, and Joshua; siblings: Mary Lenherr (Larry), John Moragues (Dena), Marge Riddle (Billy), Tom Moragues (Judy), Paul Moragues, and Jim Moragues (Kathy); many nieces and nephews; Uncle Bob Stockman; many Erbacher cousins and many other loving family and friends.
Vince’s first marriage was to Kay Matreci, with whom he had his two sons, Bob and Dave. He later was married to Donna Goldoni (née Beaton) with whom he helped raise his stepdaughter, Jessica.
Vince attended Creighton Prep and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and received his BS in Education and Masters in Education. He taught biology and math for 30 years in School District 66, Omaha, including Westbrook Junior High and Westside Middle School. During his teaching career, he introduced computers to the District 66 curriculum and coached a programming team that won a few contests against older senior high students. Vince took his students on yearly eagle watching trips to Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge in Missouri. Because of his love of the outdoors, after he retired from teaching, he became a rural mail carrier in Cass County, Nebraska and then in Osage County, Kansas.
Vince was active in Toastmasters, the Omaha Stamp Club, and the Omaha Philatelic Society. Vince was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed the times that he and other stamp collectors hosted the annual stamp show. His other main avocation was photography and he belonged to the Fontenelle Forest Photography Club and the Topeka Camera Club. His photograph of a Haines, Alaska sunset won the grand prize at the Nebraska State Fair. He was also part of the group of photographers taking pictures of every barn in rural Nebraska counties for the Smithsonian. He enjoyed showings of his photographs at art fairs and coffee houses in Omaha and Topeka.
After retirement, on many weekends you would find Vince at his second home on Pomona Lake, Kansas. Many family reunions were held at that location and Vince enjoyed taking visiting family and their kids on pontoon boat rides and fishing excursions. If Vince wasn’t at the lake, he and his dog, Pepper, would often be making long road trips to visit his sons and stop at every national park and wildlife refuge along the way.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Vince’s name can be given to the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska; Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery Center, in Bellevue, NE; and to Hillcrest Hospice Care in Bellevue, NE.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 15th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd, Omaha, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, Feb. 16th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, followed by reception at Christ the King Parish Center.