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Versch, Paul John, Age 92 years

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Date of Birth: 11/05/1924

Date of Death: 05/03/2017

Services: Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 am, Monday, May 8th at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Omaha, NE. 

Visitation: Starting at 6:00 pm, Sunday, May 7th, with Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the John A. Gentleman 72nd St. Chapel.

 Passed away Wednesday, May 3rd at Sunrise  Brighton Gardens in Omaha.  Preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, and parents Paul and Agnes. Survived by  daughters Robin Ann (Omaha) and Mary Lee (Warrensburg, MO) and sons Mark (and wife Rebecca, Council Bluffs) and Eric (Denver). Grandchildren Gregory Versch (and wife Melissa, (Chicago), Scott Versch (Council Bluffs), Mike Versch, Christopher Versch, Alexis Rietbrock, Miklo Rietbrock and J.J. Rietbrock (all of Warrensburg, MO) and Great Grandson Paul David Versch (Chicago).

Graduate of Herndon, KS, High in 1942. Served in the Army Air Force as a gunner in the 721st Squadron (Cottontails), 450th Bomb Group in Italy in WW II, 1943 – 1945.  Graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1949. Married Lorraine on November 23, 1950 in Lincoln.  Moved to Omaha in 1962. 

Paul served as a Civil Engineer in the Omaha Public Works Department, retiring in 1986. Served as Regional Chairman National Association of Professional Engineers.  Served as the first Scoutmaster of Troop 249 at Harrison School.

He and Lorraine then lived for three years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia working for the Saudi Consulting House. In retirement, actively volunteered at Boys Town and the VA Hospital.

Thanks to St, Joseph Villa Hospice for their loving care.

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Devlin, Bernard R., Age 70 years

Devlin Bernard website

Date of Birth: October 13, 1946

Date of Death: May 4, 2017

Visitation: Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2:00-5:00PM at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel



Loving husband and father. Retired from Boys Town as the Director of Appeals. After retirement, Bernie enjoyed woodworking and going on cruises with his wife. He was very active in his community and volunteered countless hours to help others. Survived by wife, Eleanor; daughter, Meghan Devlin; cousins, David Rocchi, JoAnn Lund, and MaryAnn Mackel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Siena Francis House in Omaha.


Retha M. Johnson

Date of Birth: January 9, 1931

Date of Death: April 28, 2017

Services: Funeral Service Tuesday, 11:00am at Bethel Christian Ministries, 36th Street and Giles Road, Bellevue, NE, with interment in Bellevue Cemetery.

Visitation: Visitation with the family Monday, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the church.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Christian Ministries.

Preceded in death by her husband, James C. Johnson.
Survived by her children, Shirley (Jerry) Mead, James R. Johnson, Melvin D. (Margherita) Johnson and William C. (Lyn) Johnson; 10 grandchildren, great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and good friends.

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Collins, Billy J., Age 88 years

Collins Billy website

Date of Birth: October 17, 1928

Date of Death: May 1, 2017


Visitation: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:00PM at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries Bellevue/Sarpy County Chapel

Prayer Service: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00PM at the funeral home

Proud Air Force veteran. Billy then made a career as a master aircraft mechanic for Flying Tigers. Devoted to his faith, he was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul in Arizona for over 20 years, where he also was awarded Volunteer of the Year.

Survived by wife, Elizabeth; children, Pamela Hildreth, Arthur (Victoria) Collins, Carol (Keith) Knight, and Billy (Tessie) Collins, Jr.; step-children, Michael McLaughlin, Kathleen (Tony) Nigro, Sharon (Robert) Hurley, Robert (Mary) McLaughlin, and Brigette (Chip) Dodge; many grand and great grandchildren.

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Ballard, Tyler P., Age 21

Ballard Tyler website

Date of Birth: 12/21/1995

Date of Death: 04/25/2017

Services: Memorial Service Monday (5-1-17) 10:30 AM at Lifegate Midtown Church, Omaha, Nebraska.

Visitation: Sunday (4-30-17) 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the John A. Gentleman Pacific Street Chapel, Omaha, Nebraska.

Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park, Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorials: To the family to be designated at a later date.

Survived by parents, Dave and Tracy Ballard; brother, David Ballard; sister, Courtney Ballard; grandparents, Harold Crowe, Patty Crowe, Dave and Cindy Ballard; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.