In Memoriam John R. Sodoro 8/6/16 09/06/16 11:25:57 AM
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|John R. Sodoro
October 4, 1953 - August 28, 2016
When Emil Sodoro died in July 2014 at the age of 86, his son John Sodoro said, “He was a pretty wonderful guy, he really was. A lot of people are going to miss him.” He added, “He worked hard his whole life.”
The same can be said for John, who died Sunday, Aug. 28, of a sudden heart attack at the age of 62.
While Emil had retired in 2012 from his law firm (now named Sodoro Daly Shomaker & Selde), John was still working there, where he had worked his whole professional life. He was a product of a Jesuit education, graduating from Creighton Prep, then earning both his undergraduate and law degrees at Creighton University.
Close friend and colleague Joe Daly who, like John, was a partner in the firm, said, “John was the closest thing I’ve had to a brother. I’ve known him for 46 years, since he was a senior in high school. He cleaned the office at night then and while he was in college. While he was in law school, he clerked at the firm, then joined it when he graduated.”
Like his father, John was described as gregarious and affable. “He’s going to leave a huge void,” he said, not only in his life, but also in the lives of his friends, family, staff and fellow lawyers.
“We made a deal when Emil died,” Daly said. “One would not leave the firm before the other. So, every other day, John would come into my office and ask, ‘When are you going to retire?’”
They couldn’t have dreamed that John would leave so soon or so suddenly. John was at home, reading his emails before going to bed, his wife by his side, when he collapsed. Daly and his wife rushed to the hospital, but recovery was not to be.
In John’s practice over the years, he handled hundreds of personal injury claims resulting in millions of dollars of client settlements, including wrongful death claims. He stated that he tried to help his clients reach their goal of obtaining their lives back after a personal injury, “through hard work and personal attention to each client’s individual situation.” He also practiced general liability and negligence as well as criminal defense cases.
He was a member of the Nebraska State Bar, the Omaha Bar and the American Bar Associations, and a lifetime fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. He was currently serving on the University of Nebraska, College of Nursing Campaign Committee.
John loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing in his spare time. He loved owning and training gun field dogs, like Fuzzy, his champion German Wirehaired Pointer.
He also loved spending his time with his wife, Chris, and children Carlee Jordan, Annie Smith and Joseph Sodoro and their six grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings: Rev. Carl Sodoro, Michael Sodoro Sr., Susan Sodoro Selde, Patrick Sodoro, Meghan Sodoro Michelic and Thomas Sodoro and his stepmother, Janette, along with many other relatives and friends. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his mother, Rose.
Services were held at Christ the King Catholic Church last week. Memorials are suggested to Make-A-Wish or Ronald McDonald House.