The husband of the Mayor of Omaha, Jean Stothert, was found dead Friday afternoon
(Omaha, NE) – The husband of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Dr. Joe Stothert, was found dead outside her home in southwest Omaha on Friday afternoon.
According to Omaha Police, officers were called home just before 2:00 a.m. on Friday afternoon near 120th and Q and found a man dead. “The mayor is safe and no foul is suspected,” said OPD officer Phil Anson in a statement.
Dr. Joe Stothert and Mayor Stothert were married for 40 years and share two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Stothert was a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a general surgeon at Nebraska Medicine.
A cause of death was not disclosed at this point in time.
The Stothert family published the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we today share the tragic loss of Joe Stothert with family, friends and our loving community. Joe’s commitment and affection for all who were important to him is a bright light of human goodness that we can all follow. Our family asks your prayers at this very difficult time. We will need them. We also ask for privacy so that our family can grieve and remember an extraordinary and caring husband, father, and grandfather. “
Messages of support have been received from many city, local and state leaders to contact Dr. Remembering Joe Stothert:
“Susanne and I are shocked and saddened by Joe’s tragic death. From serving on the State Trauma Board to serving at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, he devoted his life to serving others in the health care field. We pray for Joe, Jean, Elizabeth, Andrew and the entire Stothert family during this difficult time. “- Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
“We are heartbroken for the mayor and her family and offer our prayers and support during this difficult time. Joe was a great friend and doctor and he will be missed very much. – Congressman Don Bacon from Nebraska
“That is tragic. We know Joe as a husband, father, and grandfather who served our communities through his work as a doctor. Melissa and I are praying with Nebraskans in our state for Mayor Stothert and her family during this heartbreak. – Nebraska US Senator Ben Sasse
“I express my deepest condolences to Mayor Jean Stothert and her family for the loss of their husband, Joe. Joe’s significant contribution to the Omaha medical community and his support for the city of Omaha are greatly missed. Sandi and I share our prayers with the Mayor and hers Family. “-Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson
“On behalf of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, we extend our condolences to Mayor JeanStothert and her family at this very difficult time. The Stothert family is on our thoughts and prayers. Dr. Joe Stothert has done a fantastic job as Douglas County at 911 Communications Medical Director. He’s sorely missed. “-Mary Ann Borgeson, Chair of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners
“Our thoughts and prayers go to Mayor Stothert and her family at this very sad time.” – Deb Fischer, US Senator from Nebraska
“Councilors heard today of the tragic death of Mayor Jean Stothert’s husband Joe. Councilors extend their deepest condolences, condolences and prayers to the Mayor, daughter Elizabeth, son Andrew and their families for their profound loss. We at Alderman knew Dr. Stothert as a talented physician and trauma surgeon and a leader in the Omaha medical community. We also knew him as a supportive and caring person. He was often present at the mayor’s events and his love and pride in them were a success Clearly visible. We’ll all miss him. “- City Council President Chris Jerram
“I just got the tragic news of the death of Dr. Joe Stothert, the husband of Mayor Jean Stothert, belongs. I would like to offer my and Aubrey’s condolences to the Mayor and her family at this difficult time. Although Mayor Stothert and I found each other on the other side on many of the issues facing the city of Omaha, I have always admired their family and their determination over the years. I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Stothert meets at a number of social occasions, and I have always found him very loyal and indebted to his wife, the mayor, and a devoted father for his children. There will never be another man like him. I hope his memory will live on in the lives of the mayor and his children for many years to come. “- Vinny Palermo, Alderman of Dist. 4 Omaha
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