Donald R. Ohnoutka
Date of Birth
June 23, 1942
Weston, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
March 24, 2021
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ~ Weston, Nebraska
Interment with Military Honors at Znojemsky Cemetery ~ Weston, Nebraska


*The Funeral and Rosary will be live streamed on Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Monday, March 29, 2021
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ~ Weston, Nebraska



Bishop Neumann High School
202 S. Linden Street, Wahoo, NE 68066

Lincoln Christian High School
5801 S. 84th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516

Donald “Herby” R. Ohnoutka, 78 of Ceresco, NE entered into eternal rest Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln, NE with his family by his side after a courageous fight with COVID-19.  He was born to Edward and Martha (Sloup) Ohnoutka in Weston, NE on June 23, 1942.

Donald graduated from Weston High School in 1960 and immediately enlisted in the United States Army where he was honorably discharged in June 1968 from the Army Reserves.  On July 16, 1966 he was united in marriage to Sherlene Luft at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Weston.

Don worked for Burlington Northern Railroad in Lincoln for 39 years as a machinist and he also farmed with his brother.  After retirement he enjoyed working part-time for Jan Kaufman Auctioneers, Sid Dillion and the Wahoo Super.

Don was a member of Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Valparaiso and a member of the American Legion #244 for 46 years.  He was always willing to help in any of their activities.  Don enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Center, helping his sons with their firewood business and going on vacations with friends and family.  His pride was to make sure our acreage looked well taken care of.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing yard games and fishing.  Family and friends were all very important to him.  Coaching the Country Districts Basketball team for six years was very special to him and was always proud of his players.

Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sherry Ohnoutka; sons, Mike (Kelli) Ohnoutka of Wahoo and David (Wendy) Ohnoutka of Lincoln; grandchildren, Peyton, Brooke, Aaron and Adam.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Martha Ohnoutka; sister, Lucille Christian.

Condolences for Donald R. Ohnoutka
  1. Darlene Styskal Hensley
    • March 26, 2021 - 2 years ago

    Dear Family: Don was a special guy to me as we stood up together for a family wedding back in the 50’s. We were junior bridesmaid and groomsman. He was so much fun. Through the years when ever I saw him, he was always thoughtful and kind. I am sure that you all will miss him. Love and prayers.

  2. Don and Edith Furasek
    • March 27, 2021 - 2 years ago

    Sherry, our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. I will really miss Don’s contagious smile and humor!! We knew each other a long time, even went for a while to the same grade school. Take care.

  3. Sarah Kruse
    • March 27, 2021 - 2 years ago

    Don was a great friend to so many. He could always make anyone smile. We really enjoyed his stories that he would tell us. He talked alot about his trips and he sure enjoyed his family. Always sharing accomplishments they had achieved. We will really miss him at the Senior Center. Many prayers for the family.

  4. • March 27, 2021 - 2 years ago

    Sherry and Family, Today, Alan called George and briefly said Don had passed away. So Sorry to hear this. I will miss him. This is a very interesting and well written Obituary for Don. He would be so very proud with a hand applause and a smile with tears in his eyes. At one of the Class Reunion
    Banquets before the CO-VD. I remember when George & him laughed about their B.D.’s being 20 days apart. Don called George an “old man”‘ and himself a “youngster” & we 3 laughed. I will miss his cheery smiles, witty humor, great attitude & with his serious side also. It seemed to me the few times George would drop me off in Wahoo to go do his Farm Business affairs. Don & my paths would accidently cross whether in the Wahoo Surplus, the Senior Citizen Center or just on the street passing by. He would ask me where’s George out getting “rich”? (we would laugh together). He always had a moment to chat with me even if I came in to the Senor Citizen Bldg. and him & the guys were sitting playing cards he would do his hand and start chatting with me and the game was put on hold while he chatted with me. He was such a great guy even with his health issues.
    He would say, ” I have to many busy things to do I don’t have the time to die.” And he would finish his shopping at the Wahoo Surplus and say, ” if I don’t get this Sherry will send me back. ”
    He would laugh with this “twinkle” in his eyes and say, ” I sure married a great gal.” One time in the Summer, when I was in Wahoo and walking around I saw a lot of people in the park and strolled on over. There was Don filling up a plate with food, “Hi and how much does this lunch cost?” He said, “It’s free, otherwise, I wouldn’t be here.(We laughed) “Come on get a plate of food and lets sit down and chat.” In the process of sitting down he commented, if Sherry knew I was here eating this food that I’m “not” to be eating cause of my health problems, she would scold me with that lovely face and then we would hug each other. This is my 2nd plate so don’t you be calling her and tattling on me. We laughed and he said tell George “Hi” for me. Well, I got errands to run and get on home. He got up and waved as leaving the park. These are memories I want to share with all of you, especially you Sherry cause you are such a caring gentle person
    With my love and prayers.
    Carolann Valverde (George Cejka’s Fiancee )

  5. Larry & Dottie Boothe
    • March 28, 2021 - 2 years ago

    Thinking of you, so sorry for your loss.

  6. Lee and Dica Chipperfield
    • March 28, 2021 - 2 years ago

    We are thinking of you all from miles away! We are very sorry for your loss! You’ve been good friends through the years! Sending sympathy.

    • March 29, 2021 - 2 years ago

    Don was an “old head” at the Wheel Plant when I started in 1989. He was very helpful and good to be around with a big smile and positive attitude. My condolences to you all.

  8. Jeffrey J. Woita
    • March 30, 2021 - 2 years ago

    On behalf of my mother, Mary Lou (Ohnoutka) Woita and the Woita families, we would like to express our most sincere condolences to Sherry and all her loved ones.

  9. Randy & Kris Bower
    • April 5, 2021 - 2 years ago

    Sherry and family. We are so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with him every time he came to Ernie’s and ‘popped’ into my office. May to Lord hold you close and give you peace.

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