In Memory

Michael Deacon

Michael Deacon

Oct 5, 1946 – Apr 27, 2017

Michael George Deacon, age 70, passed away at his home on Thursday morning, April 27, 2017.  He is survived by wife, Debra and their children: Aaron Deacon (Kate), Sarah Jablonski (Jim), Katherine Bird (Jon), Jesse Deacon, Elizabeth Brown (Jacob), and Mara Deacon; his daughters, Michele Snowden (Allen) and Marnie Kenney (Dennis); ex-wife, Kris Kline; 16 grandchildren with 3 on the way; brother-in-law, Fred Kuplicki and children.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Deacon; brother, Douglas; sister, Ellen Kuplicki.

Michael was born in Port Huron, MI on October 5, 1946. At Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, he served as a cartographer during the Vietnam War and earned a degree in psychology at Bellevue College while raising two young daughters on Campbell’s soup and Salisbury steak TV dinners. A lasting legacy from his military service were the musical skills he picked up along the way. Though he never had formal musical training, his songwriting, piano playing, and guitar strumming were a lifelong passion, embodied by his self-publishing company Mustard Seed founded with his brother Douglas.

While recording his first album he met the other love of his life, his wife Debby, with whom he had six more children. Michael was creative, gregarious, and generous with his time and talent. Besides his music, a long career in advertising served as an outlet for his creative instincts, working with local industry stalwarts like Dick Holland, Bob Reilly, and Jeff Kahler before finally settling in as in-house creative at his long-time client, Valmont. Michael’s creative energy also fed and was fed by an ongoing battle with mental illness. While he had many complicated relationships with those closest to him, he was a source of joy to many over the last years of his life, from his VA medical team, to his “family” at Crowne Point, to an eclectic group of friends that joined him to shoot pool at Big John’s or eat pie at Village Inn. As many of his friends have said, if there’s one thing Michael was not afraid of, it was death. We hope and pray that he joins his Father in the heavenly home he has earnestly longed for all his life.

VISITATION Wednesday, May 3rd from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, May 4th at 10:30am at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St.  Interment, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard and VFW Post 2503.