The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) flag will be lowered on Thursday, Sept. 22, in memory of UNO retiree Howard Kjeldgaard, who passed away on Aug. 29, 2022, at the age of 88, following a long illness.
A member of the UNO family for 47 years, Howard served as a television engineer supporting the students and crew of UNO Television and, in his later years at UNO, also spent time supporting UNO's Air Force ROTC.
Howard came to UNO after returning to school following time served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He joined the army after graduating high school - taking on jobs such as working the loading docks in the old Jobber's Canyon or welding grain bins.
As an employee, Howard and his family would open their home to foreign exchange students, hosting a total of eight.
Howard was one of 10 children born to Danish immigrants. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cristian and Laura; brothers Junior, Charles, and Kenneth; sisters Cate, Joan, Betty, Sonya, Myrna, Eva May; his son, Kevin; infant son, Brian; and his former spouse, Ellen.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary; daughters Julie Maguire (Russ); Elisabeth Kissel (Mike); sons Joseph Lozer; Anthony Lozer (Brenda); and Cristian Kjeldgaard; 15 grand children; 26 great grand children; and many neices, nephews, and friends.
A service was held for Howard on Sept. 6, 2022.
The thoughts and condolences of the university community are with Howard's loved ones during this time.
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