Walter Scott, Jr.

Walter Scott, Jr.

May 21, 1931 – September 25, 2021

Walter Scott, Jr. passed away in Omaha on Saturday, September 25, 2021. He was 90 years old.

Joining Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. after graduation from Colorado State University in 1953, he led the company as Chairman and CEO from 1979-1998. In semi-retirement he focused on his many philanthropic interests through the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation.

He is survived by six children, nineteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

A private family service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Omaha Zoo Foundation.



  • B.J. Reed Posted September 26, 2021 6:15 am

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Dave and his siblings and the grandchildren will miss their father and grandfather

  • Kenneth Moreano Posted September 26, 2021 7:54 am

    Walter was an uncommon man. A once in many lifetimes leader. He had a profound impact on my life personally and professionally. His loss will be felt for many years to come. His legacy will never be forgotten. Our family sends heartfelt condolences to the Scott and Singer families.

  • Ramon Gutierrez Posted September 26, 2021 12:31 pm

    Mr. Scott was a very generous man. He cared about the future of this country and trusted the education system in creating leaders throughout the Omaha community. His generosity allowed me to attend Creighton University for undergraduate school, ultimately leading to my attendance at Creighton’s dental school. I will use my position in life to pay forward the generosity that I have received from Mr. Scott. He always preached to us to “be a giver, not a taker”. I send the deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Scott.

  • Rob Truman Posted September 27, 2021 7:53 am

    I send my deepest condolences to the Scott family for their loss. Walter, unknowingly, has shaped my life in many ways. As a beneficiary of his generosity, I attended UNO through the Scott Scholar program where I had the opportunity to pursue a career in engineering. Along the way, I was able to dine with Walter and enjoy a dilly bar at the barn. Through my work for Kiewit, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation project, and most recently, the new UNO Ballparks. Both projects are examples of Walter’s generosity and investment in the community. I have fond memories of Walter showing up to the trailer and wanting a tour of the site to see the progress, memories that I will carry with me. Walter was an outstanding man, one we should all strive to be like, and he will be missed.

  • Scott G Cast Posted September 27, 2021 2:25 pm

    I am Walter Scott’s cousin. His Father, Walter and my Mother, Celia were twins. Their parents David and Annie Scott came from Scotland. As young children, Walter and I were very close. We spent two glorious summers together working for Peter Kiewit at Garrison Dam in North Dakota. Walter has always been there for me and my family. He was the best man at my wedding. I am so thankful to have had him as a friend. I am so very proud of him for all the special good he has accomplished in Omaha, the state of Nebraska, at Colorado State University, and at many other locations. Diane, myself, and our family will miss him greatly. May God bless him and lead him safely Home.

  • Ryan Wolak Posted September 27, 2021 10:17 pm

    Mr. Scott is the reason I was able to attend Creighton and pursue my education. He helped my family in more ways than he will have ever known, and his generosity was without equal. I feel truly blessed to have known him, and I will forever feel indebted to him, his family, and the foundation. Getting to visit with him is genuinely one of the great honors I will ever experience, and the passion and enjoyment he took in meeting with us students was a wonderful and appropriate testament to his character and his charitable nature. Thank you, Mr. Scott. God Bless you and your family. I pray that the good you have done onto others be repaid in full to you now in your eternal rest.

  • Maureen Horner Posted September 29, 2021 1:39 pm

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Sending prayers to you and your family. Your father was a standout human being.

  • Barry M Ward Posted September 30, 2021 1:04 pm

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr Scott when I worked with the Clarkson Hospital board as an architect in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. His vision and leadership were always welcome and I always thought of him as the “Voice of Reason”. I will miss his insight and boundless generosity and so will the Omaha Community. He was truly one of a kind.

  • Lisa Redington Posted October 2, 2021 8:54 am

    I had the honor to meet him. My friends daughter was a recepient of a scholarship. Our community was blessed by his generosity. A great human being.

  • Charles T. Grady Posted October 24, 2021 5:25 pm

    Come 2 know Walter, in 1987. Was building engineer in plaza, be4 he married Sue. He lived in the penthouse at that time. Occasionally he visit the 3rd floor to see Sue. November they both lived in penthouse, married. When ever I came across them, always a smile on there faces.

  • Judith Sparks Posted January 18, 2022 4:36 pm

    To the family of Walter Scott Jr
    Sending condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather and great grandfather one of my dearest friends was your father‘s sister Margo and I had the privilege of meeting your dad when I was with she and Sue Lewis one weekend when we came to Omaha. While there we were all talking and I was going to ask Your Dad a question and I Address him as Mr Scott, he looked at me and said to you I’m Sonny. So sorry for your loss JS

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