William J. “Jerry” McCue
June 24, 1942 – October 11, 2019
Omaha, NE – Preceded in death by parents, George and Georgialee; son, Terry. Survived by wife, Jeanne; children, Shannon Hauser (Paul) and Kelli McCue; grandchildren: Will, Ava, and Hudson Hauser, and Tanner McCue; sister, Maryann Johnston; daughter-in-law, Debbie Saldana; nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL: Saturday, October 19th at 3:30pm at the West Center Chapel. Following the service, please join the family at the Brazen Head Irish Pub (319 N. 78th St.) for appetizers. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming, Jerry attended St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic School and Parish. He graduated from Laramie High School in 1960, then attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1965. Jerry worked on the family’s dairy farm and hay ranch during his youth and college years.
Jerry met his future wife while attending St. Laurence grade school. They were high school sweethearts and dated throughout college. Jerry and Jeanne were married on June 6, 1964.
Jerry first began working in the hospitality field at this time in the position of desk clerk at the Holiday Inn; soon he was promoted to Assistant Manager. In 1966, Jerry was offered the position of General Manager at the Holiday Inn in Hayes, Kansas where he was the youngest innkeeper in Holiday Inn across the country. In 1969 Jerry was offered the General Manager position at the Holiday Inn Central in Omaha where he worked for 30 years. Jerry often worked seven days a week including holidays stating if “if my people have to work, I’ll be there too.” He viewed each employee as an extension of his family and treated them as such.
Jerry enjoyed neighborhood parties, golfing with Jeanne and friends, and a good card game. He had a lot of fun playing practical jokes on people.
Jerry’s greatest happiness was spending time with his family. He had 55 years with the love of his life. They raised three children and were blessed with four grandchildren of whom he was immensely proud. Whether he was watching soccer games, fishing for crab in the Pacific Northwest, watching a Theater Production or learning about Pokémon, Jerry loved each time he was able to see them.
Jeanne, Shannon and Kelli,
Words cannot express what Jerry meant to me growing up. I know Terry and I induced heartburn in Jerry on more than one occasion but there was always a lesson he taught us in the end. The trips to the lake in Columbus and down to Kansas City were unforgettable and not possible for me without Jerry’s generosity. Working those holiday buffet’s for Jerry at the “Inn” were a Masters Degree in Hospitality Management. Jerry was the BEST at what he did, period. God Bless you Jerry…
I worked with Mr.McCue in the sales department at the Holiday Inn. He always said I gave him his grey hair. He was a wonderful person to work for and never disappointed me with all my groups. It was a pleasure to work with him and I remember him with fondness.
Jeanne, Shannon and Kelli. Thoughts and Prayers to the family. Jerry was a good man he gave me my first job and was always someone I admired. Great memories of Arbor Street and working at the Holiday Inn.
Jerry was a true friend that goes back to the late 50’s. We had many great times over the years and I will always relish the memories. Jeanne and family – my heart goes out to all of you! May he Rest In Peace!