Jerrold L. “Jerry” Strasheim Obituary 12/10/18 12/12/18 8:59:53 AM
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Jerrold L. “Jerry” Strasheim
September 25, 1931 – November 30, 2018
Life-Long Love of the Law
Longtime Omaha attorney Jerrold L. “Jerry” Strasheim died November 30 in Omaha. He was 87.
For more than 60 years, Jerry practiced business and bankruptcy law in Nebraska and Iowa. He was a cum laude graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1957, after earning his B.S. at UNL. As a 3L student, he and two colleagues, representing the school, wrote the winning brief of the Seventh Annual National Moot Court Competition.
In 1959-60 he served as minority counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee for Improvements in Judicial Machinery. In 1962 he was listed in the ABA Journal as the new Chairman of the Nebraska Junior Bar, a section of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
A bankruptcy referee from 1962 to 1973, he also taught Creditor’s Rights at Creighton from 1966 to 1976. He wrote several articles on bankruptcy for the Nebraska Law Review and the Journal of the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy. He was elected president of the Legal Aid Society in 1975.
Jerry was a partner in the law firm of Baird, Holm, McEachen, Pedersen, Hamann & Strasheim, specializing in bankruptcy law. He was still practicing law in a solo practice when he died.
Jerry and his wife, Mary Ann, were featured in the Omaha World-Herald’s Goodfellows story just four days before his death. They were looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary this month. Last year they donated to Goodfellows in honor of their 49th anniversary when they had to cancel a holiday cruise because a fall put Jerry in rehab.
His first wife, Bernadette, died of a brain aneurism when she was only 32. They had been married six years and had two children. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Marie (Hahler) Strasheim; and sister Lorraine. He is survived by wife Mary Ann; daughters Sharon Frey (Mark) and Elise Aust; sons Alexander Strasheim, John F. Hanson, and Frederick Strasheim (Maureen); brother Rollie; twelve grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, after a graveside service with military honors at 9 a.m. at Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army, Open Door Mission, Hospice House and Opera Omaha.
– By Lorraine Boyd