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Craig Bellinghausen

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Craig Bernard Bellinghausen, 65, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha from acute respiratory distress syndrome. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children.

Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, April 30, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 17007 Q St., Omaha. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries, 14151 Pacific St., Omaha.

Craig was born in Carroll, Iowa, on April 4, 1957, to Bernard and Donnabell (Haverkamp)

Bellinghausen. He was baptized, confirmed and attended parochial school at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia, Iowa. He graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll in 1975 and attended Iowa State University, graduating with a double major in 1979. He later went on to receive his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. On May 15, 1982, he married Barbara Henke at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Nebraska. They were looking forward to celebrating their 40th anniversary with a trip to Alaska in a few weeks.

Craig joined GTE Telephone Operations (now Verizon) in 1979 and went on to have a 28 year-career in marketing, product management, finance, operator service and wholesale operations. The family relocated six times as Craig and Barb (who also joined the company) were transferred to other locations. Craig won many awards during his tenure, including the prestigious Leslie H. Warner Award for Technical Achievement. He retired from Verizon in 2007 and started his second career as a telecommunications consultant. In 2015, he passed the Series 7 exam and fulfilled his lifelong goal of becoming a financial consultant and tax preparer. He spent seven years working at O’Malley Financial/TaxHelp, in Omaha.

Craig loved sports. He played slow-pitch softball and club rugby for years. He was a lifelong Iowa State fan, win or lose. He loved the Yankees, ISU and the local NFL team in every state he lived in. He followed his children’s sports and rarely missed an event. He doted on his grandchildren, Livia, Jade, Grant Jr. and Layton.

He was a traveler, visiting all 50 states, Europe and China and had flown over a million miles in his lifetime. In semi-retirement, he and Barb purchased a second home in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so they could spend more time with their children and grandchildren.

His family (fondly) remembers him as the coupon king. No matter where they went or what they did, he “had a coupon for that.”

Memorials may be directed to family choice.

Craig is survived by his wife: Barbara Bellinghausen, of Elkhorn, Nebraska; son: Grant (Sheeren) Bellinghausen, of Weymouth, Massachusetts; grandchildren: Grant Craig Bellinghausen Jr.; son: Garrett (Julie) Bellinghausen, of Kingston, Massachusetts; grandchildren: Livia, Jade and Layton Bellinghausen, of Kingston; daughter: Grace Bellinghausen, of Omaha, Nebraska; brothers: Tom (Connie) Bellinghausen, of St. Peters, Missouri; Dennis (Linda) Bellinghausen, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Brian (Angie) Bellinghausen, of Omaha; sisters: Linda (Jerry) Folkers, of Omaha; Carol (Frank) Greving, of Carroll, Iowa; Joan Kristy (Bruce) Kielhorn, Pella, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Bernard and Donnabell Bellinghausen; father-in-law: Donald Henke; sister-in-law: Margaret Henke; and grandson Charles Grant Bellinghausen.

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