Douglas Lynn Steinkruger was born December 31, 1951 and lost his battle with cancer at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska on October 25, 2017 at 12:44 p.m. at the age of 65.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha, NE with Bishop J. Scott Barker, Mother Kim Roberts, and Deacon Teresa Houser officiating, with a luncheon to follow at the Cathedral.
Graveside services will be at 10:15 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Evergreen Cemetery in St. Edward, NE with a luncheon to follow at the St. Edward Community Building.
Doug was the oldest of 4 children, raised on a farm in Franklin County. He participated in 4-H as a young man and went on to be a leader in 4-H. He attended Macon Methodist Church where during his high school years he taught Sunday school and assisted as the stand-in for the minister of the church when needed. He attended a one-room school house in Macon, NE from 1st to 8th grade, then graduated from Hildreth High School.
Doug is survived by his wife (32 years) Barbara Olmedo of Omaha, NE; Sisters Cindy Lisko of Columbus, NE; Denise (Mark) Nelson of Thief River Falls, MN; Step Mom Marge Steinkruger, Denver, CO; Step Father Jerome Condreay, Columbus, NE, along with many nieces and nephews.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents; Mildred Condreay, Columbus, NE, Dale Steinkruger, Denver, CO; brother, Tim Steinkruger, Columbus, NE, and nephew Lee Hunter, Thief River Falls, MN.
Before he embarked on his career in real estate, Doug was a high school teacher, graduating from Kearney State College, with a degree in English and Speech. His first teaching assignment was in Rocky Ford, Colorado, then Bogota, Columbia. He then returned to school to complete his Masters at the University of Colorado before accepting another teaching position in Farmington, New Mexico. Doug continued to be the teacher, coach and mentor throughout his life.
Doug started his real estate career with NP Dodge Company as a sales associate on November 30, 1989 at the Bel Aire office. He was named Manager of the Gold Circle office on April 24, 2000 where he went on to establish a very successful office where everyone felt like family. When the office moved to Lakeside, Doug moved with it. He was then chosen as the Broker Manager of the new Oak Street office on March 10, 2006. The Oak Street office moved to the current location at 35Dodge. Doug flourished in growing the South Omaha office and later 35Dodge. Doug loved the diversity of these offices – and the diversity of the neighborhood. Doug was a good listener, and genuinely cared for each client and each sales associate with whom he worked throughout his career.
During his career, Doug joined OABR on January 4, 1990, and President in 2002. He was REALTOR of the Year in 1998. He was a member of the Omaha Area Board of Directors, MLS Board of Directors, Equal Opportunity-Cultural Diversity Committee, Executive Committee, Past Presidents, and OABR Committee Chairman 1994-1995 plus many more. Doug was also member of the NRA Governmental Affairs Committee and WCR. Doug was chosen by the Commission to participate in the real estate examination review process in which he went to Kansas City to AMP (the examination Company) in December 2015.
Doug touched many lives, and had the reputation of a sharp business man and a person who epitomized all that we value in a human being. He had a gift for building community.
Trinity Cathedral does not allow flowers/plants. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Memorials received will be contributed to different foundations and organizations that Doug supported. Miller-Levander Funeral Home of St. Edward, NE is in charge of arrangements.