In Memory

John H. Pabst

John H. Pabst



March 15, 1943 - June 23, 2024

John Harold Pabst, 81, of Cook, NE, passed away June 23, 2024. Born March 15, 1943, in Lincoln to John and Katherine (Donis) Pabst.  John started out life as a twin, his twin brother (James) passed away one and a half days after birth.  John grew up on an acreage located at 3801 Randolph Street in Lincoln.  He attended Randolph Elementary School, Millard Lefler Junior High and Lincoln High School, graduating in 1961.

John was married on April 17th, 1964 to Carolyn Sue Dimick.  As John liked to say:  This is the SAME DAY the first Ford Mustang was rolled out, and THAT'S how he remembered his wedding anniversary.  He became the father of three sons:  Brian, Troy and Eric.

John's first job was at Safeway Grocery Stores, then transitioning to Uniservice Laundry as Chief of Maintenance and route driver.  His career also included being a mechanic at Fred Georges Lincoln-Mercury, then a maintenance technician at Lincoln General Hospital.  He worked as a manager at Kings Food Host restaurants at the 48th and O Streets, Greenwood Interchange and West O Street locations and was a Zone Manager over six stores.

John was co-owner (along with Carolyn) of Pabst Petroleum Products delivering case oil and other automotive products.  John concluded his working career at Lincoln General (Bryan West) Hospital after working there for 26 years.

John easily made friends from all walks of life.  He was well known for his sense of humor.  His passion for animals led him train his family dogs as therapy dogs (Nikky, Sky, Noah, Daisy, Scooter, Jack and Jill).  These dogs have given comfort to many on their visits to schools, nursing homes and rehab centers throughout the area.  He was a member of Wildlife Rescue, saving many ducks, chickens and geese throughout the years.  John collected classic Ford cars 1954-1969 and Farmall Tractors 1942-1962.  His saying about tractors was: "If it ain't RED, keep it in the shed!"  He was an avid bicycle rider, completing 25 BRANs (Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska) and averaging 2000 miles a year.  John loved to sing and was a member of several singing groups.  Other memberships were to the Nifty Fifties Ford Club and the Clown Alley, a clown club in Lincoln.  

After living in the city for years, John and Carolyn fulfilled their life-long dream and bought an acreage in the country.  He loved living on the acreage near Burr, NE, giving back to the community by serving on the Syracuse Rescue Squad for several years.  John was always willing to help anyone in need.

Family members include his wife, Carolyn, sons Brian, Eric (Rosa) of Lincoln, and Troy (Sabine) of Unadilla, NE; granddaughters: Samone Wulf of Lincoln, Molly Pabst of San Diego, CA and Estella Pabst of Lincoln; and sister Linda Pabst. Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Peter and sister, Katherine Bowen.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 28, 2024, at Roper and Sons South Chapel.

A visitation was held with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:30 PM on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at Roper and Sons South Chapel. Memorials to Capital Humane Society.

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Published by Lincoln Journal Star on Jun. 25, 2024.

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06/26/24 09:16 AM #1    

Lester E. Williams

John and I went through Randolph Elementary School and LHS together. Years later we hooked upwith John & Caroline. On many occasions we met for a meal and conversation. I will miss those times spent together. John was one of the good guys and will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace John!. Our paths will cross once more MY FRIEND and we'll continue those conversations.


06/27/24 10:53 AM #2    

Gloria J. Kowrack (Schmidt)

John was a frequent face at the hospitals I worked in. In  later years he purchased an old tractor from us to add to his collection. We were friends and enjoyed keeping company with John and Carolyn until he moved away from Lincoln. He was a wonderful caring man and he will be missed by all who knew him. G



07/01/24 08:57 AM #3    

Todd Hoover

I was so shocked to read that John Pabst passed away.  Not John, he was made of iron therefore, he would never pass.  I am saddened as he was one of many LHS lights that served to help light the rode of ahead.  Like John, I ride a bicycle except that he rides considerably further per year than I do.  John, Caroline and I talked for more than hour during our last class reunion.  We talked  about a number of things including biking. 

I also remember the time when John's father suddenly died.  It was the first loss of a parent experience that I observed.  Talk about devastation!  We were attending Randolph elementary school. and in the same class.  I vividly remenber seeing John at his home and from a distance as his parents had a large plot of land.  John was just sitting on the grass - just sitting.   I did not bother him - I did not know what to say.  Got back on my bicycle and road home.  

Thank you John,

Todd Hoover

07/01/24 06:31 PM #4    

Donna Filbert (Ewoldt)

Although John was a neighbor 2 blocks down from me when I lived on Cheyenne Street I didn't know him well. I always laughed when I drove past his house seeing at least one tractor there with his yard full of "projects". Hearing his three sons recount stories about his sense of humor, ability to fix anything, desire to help anybody and warm, funny original sense of humor, I wished I had known him better. With many tears his sons talked about their Dad with such love, a true testament to John's positive impact on those lucky enough to know him.

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