William J. Birge

William J. Birge

November 4, 1941 – October 23, 2022

William James Birge passed away peacefully, at his home in Bennington, NE on October 23, 2022.

Bill was born in Omaha on November 4, 1941 to Adrienne Griffith and Irvin Ray Birge. He grew up in the families home on Florence Boulevard, in north Omaha with his six siblings — Diana, Bonnie, Ruth, Gary, Becky and Mike. Bill was the second born. He attended Miller Park grade school and graduated from North High School in 1959. He furthered his education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, then served in the Army/Military Police. As a young man, he loved cars, drag racing and working on he and his brother, Gary’s, 1967 Camaro Z-28 and a silver 1963 Corvette.

On August 17, 1963 he married Connie Miller. They welcomed their first daughter, Laura “Laurie” Lynn on August 17, 1967 (their 4th wedding anniversary). Three years later, Amy Suzanne arrived, on August 28, 1970. They resided in the home they built on 99th street in west Omaha and later divorced.

Bill and his girls spent many summers vacationing and camping in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. Visiting his Uncle Jim Griffith’s family in Littleton, CO was always a special part of their trips! Bill and the girls also enjoyed several winter trips to Colorado to go downhill and cross country skiing. His brother, Mike, joined them for one of those ski trips. The back roads and highways were his preferred routes when traveling. He looked forward to family gatherings and reunions held at Ft. Robinson State Park near Crawford, NE.

His family grew when daughter Laurie married Michael Turner in 1989. They have three daughters, Emily Lauren (1995) Hannah Gelene (1997), and Elisabeth “Ellie” Adrienne (2002). Daughter, Amy married Ed Pugsley in 2002.

Bill married Coni Marr in July of 1991 at Fort Hartsuff State Memorial Park in Burwell, NE, gaining son, Shaun. In 1993, Shaun’s son, Christian John, was born… their first and only grandson.

Their first great-grandchild, Evelyn “Evie”, was born to Emily & Colby in March of 2022.

Bill and Coni built a home on an acreage on Ida Street near Bennington in 1994. They planted five thousand seedling trees…and then some, many from Halsey National Forest. Bill loved having a big garden which yielded a big harvest. He had two buildings to house his tractors and engines, as well as his workshop. In 2016, they relocated five miles north to a new acreage, as Omaha Public Schools took their 40 acres and two homes to build a new high school.

His working years began at the age of 15, by spending his summers spent on Charlie Hill’s ranch in the Sandhills of western Nebraska, near Rose. After high school, he took a job as a delivery driver at Standard Beauty Supply and was later promoted to Sales Manager. Eventually, his brother Gary worked alongside him. After 25 years with the company, Bill began a real estate career with Century 21 Real Estate in 1981, and then joined CBS Real Estate in Omaha. Bill and Coni met at CBS and worked together as agents, before marrying in 1991. In 1993, they began their own building company, B&C Home Builders, Inc. until they retired in 2010.

Bill always had a strong affection for farming, ranching and western Nebraska. The mail box always held farm and ranch publications from counties all over the state. Bill and Coni made many trips to Ord and Erickson to visit their friends ranch, often helping put up hay and brand calves. Bill loved tractors, implements and hit and miss engines, which he began “collecting” during their time on Ida Street. He was a long time member of the EVPA Tractor Club. Bill loved attending antique tractor shows and showing his tractors and engines. Working in his building was how he spent much of his time. He was also a photography buff, which all began with a Canon AE1 35mm camera in the 70’s. Nebraska football was often on the radio or TV in the fall, and pizza was always a favorite.

Nothing was more important than his family, Nebraska and tractors.

Survived by his wife, Coni Birge; daughters: Laurie (Michael) Turner and Amy (Ed ) Pugsley; son, Shaun Marr; granddaughters: Emily (Colby) Camp; Hannah (Drew) Phillips; and Elisabeth Turner; grandson: Christian John Caldwell; great-granddaughter: Evelyn Camp; siblings: Diana Wendt, Bonnie (Jerry) Edwards, Ruth Walters; Gary (Pam) Birge; Rebecca (Randy) Dennis; Michael (Katie) Birge; sister-in-law, Debra (Edward) Novotny; brother-in-law, Brice (Lori) Bartusek; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Adrienne (2009) and Irvin Birge (1973).

SERVICE: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 1pm, West Center Chapel.

To view a live broadcast of the service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Samaritan’s Purse.




  • Larry Kruse Posted October 27, 2022 10:22 am

    Coni, Bill will be missed by many. I enjoyed the many times I spent with Bill at tractor relateted activities.

  • Olivia and Joseph Weibel Posted October 27, 2022 12:11 pm

    We are thinking of you and your family during these hard times. Sending our love to you🫶🏽

  • John Griffith Posted October 27, 2022 2:45 pm

    So very sad to hear the news about Bill. I have many fond memories of being at the house on Florence Blvd and from the reunions at Ft Robinson. I know my dad (Jim Griffith) thought very highly of Bill and very much enjoyed his visits and the visits of his daughters as well

  • Richard and Toya Baker Posted October 27, 2022 8:10 pm

    I am so sorry Connie I know how much you loved and enjoyed each other. Richard and I really enjoyed the times we spent at your house watching movies and just chatting. Too bad Covid lockdowns changed all that but we did have our fun meetings post Covid. Bill will be deeply missed.

  • Toya Baker Posted October 27, 2022 8:13 pm

    I am so sorry Connie I know how much you loved and enjoyed each other. Richard and I really enjoyed the times we spent at your house watching movies and just chatting. Too bad Covid lockdowns changed all that but we did have our fun meetings post Covid. Bill will be deeply missed.

  • Riichard and Toya Baker Posted October 27, 2022 8:21 pm

    I am so so sorry Connie, We will miss Bill very much, Richard and I really enjoyed our time with you two watching movies and talking politics.

  • Toya and Richard Baker Posted October 28, 2022 2:19 am

    Coni, I am so so so Sorry, I know how much you will miss your soul mate, You we’re blessed to have such a loving husband. Richard and I will really miss the times we spent hanging out at your house on the cherished get together for a movie food and talks. We will miss Bill very much.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Margot and Henry Schmid Posted October 29, 2022 11:43 am

    Deepest sympathy to the Birge family. Hank went to grade school with Bill and graduated with Bill from North High in “59”. Then on to OU, now UNO. Hank was a Salesman at Standard Beauty Supply , where they both worked together. Bill was a friend of mine also. When Hank couldn’t pick me up to go to OU , Bill would pick me up. He was a good friend and enjoyed our friendship throughout . Great seeing him at North’s class reunion. Rest in peace you will be missed.

  • LaVonne Birge Posted November 1, 2022 7:36 am

    I knew a young Bill when he/I lived on Florence Blvd. I am 97 now and the age difference didn’t limit our conversations. I loved Bill.

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