Mark Thomas Sundermeier, of Blair, Nebraska, was born on November 1, 1959, to Michael and Grace Sundermeier (Roth). He died on Saturday, October 22, 2022, while vacationing with his beloved wife, Julie (Roach), and family members in Hawaii. Mark was the oldest of seven children and a loving brother to Rebecca, Christopher, Jonathan, Benjamin, Elisabeth, and Katherine. Mark was a graduate of Creighton University where he met and fell in love with Julie during freshman orientation. He was a proud and caring father to their four children: Bridgett (Chad) Svoboda, Michael (Jennifer) Sundermeier, Daniel (Brooke) Sundermeier, and Meghan Sundermeier. He cherished his grandchildren and was a treasured Poppie to Caden, Kylie, and Logan Svoboda; Keira, Collin, and Devin Sundermeier. He was loved by sister-in-law Kelly (Don) Haase, brother-in-law Todd Roach, and his numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Mark was a cornerstone in the family and could be counted on for anything. He made a conscientious effort to maintain genuine, meaningful connections with others. He had a wealth of knowledge about a wide variety of subjects and that, coupled with his innate desire to help others, made him an invaluable resource to many. Mark loved the outdoors and was involved with Boy Scouts from a young age to eventually becoming a scoutmaster for his sons. He embraced adventure and enjoyed traveling the world with Julie, his wife of 41 years. Many of their trips involved scuba diving, museums, historical sights, and time with family. One of his great joys was hosting family events and holiday gatherings at home, and he was known for his Sunday morning pancakes with his grandkids.
Mark dedicated most of his life to public safety and served 25 years in the Omaha Police Department, where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief. He honored his chosen profession and was respected and much beloved by his friends and colleagues in law enforcement. He also helped found and served on the Metropolitan Community College Police Department, worked for Clark International, and was an educator. He was a part-time officer in the Bennington Police Department at the time of his passing, a reflection of his strong desire to serve and protect others throughout his adult life. Mark began to develop a business cutting specialty lumber with his son Daniel, an Omaha arborist for several years. This eventually became Omaha Wood Company, where he happily worked with his daughter Meghan producing lumber from salvaged urban logs and crafting specialty furniture. Mark was a proud member of the “makerhood” that surrounded their North Omaha location.
Mark was generous, smart, creative, compassionate, and fiercely loved his family and friends. As a son, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, or friend, one could not find a finer example. He was present and helpful to everyone in his life and was especially attentive to caring for his mother Grace. His passing is an indescribable loss to his family and to the love of his life, Julie. He will be terribly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Mark was preceded in death by his father Michael Sundermeier, his brother Benjamin Sundermeier, his in-laws Patrick and Debby Roach, and his brother-in-law Shawn Roach.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 19, 2022. Stop by anytime from 2 to 6 PM at the Omaha Police Officers Association Hall, 13445 Cryer Ave, Omaha, NE 68144. The Police Honor Guard presentation will be held at 3 PM. Those who loved Mark are invited to come and share fond memories and stories. In lieu of plants or flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to be designated at a later time.
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