Obituary – LaVerne E. Abts

OMAHA — LaVerne E. Abts, 99, Omaha, died Aug. 15, 2017, at the Life Care Center, Elkhorn. He is a former resident of Hartington, and was married to Katherine Wintz-Abts.
Visitation and a Vigil Service were Aug. 18 at Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler – Bel Air Chapel, Omaha.
Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 19 at St. Pius Catholic Church, Omaha.
Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Omaha.
LaVerne (Verne) Abts was born in Randolph July 14, 1918. He attended St. Frances Grade School and High School in Randolph. Verne enrolled at Creighton University in 1939 to study commerce. His studies were interrupted when he joined the Army at the start of World War II. He served until its end in 1945.
Verne returned to Creighton to finish his undergraduate work and then enrolled in Creighton’s School of Law in 1945. He graduated in 1948. He married Evelyn Werner in 1950, and together they had five children. Verne practiced law as legal counsel for Central National Insurance Company, Omaha, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. After 38 years of marriage, Evelyn died in 1988. Later, Verne married Katherine Wintz, Hartington. They lived in Hartington until her death 20 years later in 2009.
Along with his role as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Verne was devoted to his Catholic faith. He served the Catholic Church as a member of the West Omaha Serra Club for Religious Vocations and the Perpetual Adoration Society. He also served as a lector for the Mass for Shut Ins on television. Verne loved to golf and watch Notre Dame Football. He lived a good and blessed life.
Verne is preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Christina; his brothers, John, Albert, Arthur, Eugene and Thomas; and sister, Dorothy; wives, Evelyn Abts and Katherine (Wintz) Abts.
Verne is survived by five children and their spouses, Margaret and Tim Streff, Shawnee, Kan.; Ed and Sue Abts, Bellingham, Wash.; Tim Abts and Michon Marcil Abts, Omaha; Joe and Kim Abts, Omaha; and Chris and Ken Von Buettner, Casper, Wyo.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; nine step children, Sherie and Angelo Perry, Omaha; Mary Kay and John McCarthy Sr., Omaha; Jim and Carla Wintz, Hartington; Marcia and Ed Bruening, Lincoln; Sue and Bob Drozda, Boise, Idaho; Tom and Virginia Wintz, Norwalk, Calif.; Anne and Larry Arens, Norfolk; Jerry and Kristi Wintz, Harington; and Theresa and Bill Leise, Normal, Ill.; 30 step grandchildren, and 32 step great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Pius X Catholic Church and Creighton University School of Law.