Henry "Hank" Van Ert

A Mass of Christian burial for Henry M. “Hank” Van Ert, age 77, of Omaha, formerly of Tilden, was Tuesday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Omaha. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Omaha.

Pallbearers were Mike Baldozier, Shane Baldozier, Lyle Meis, Paul McGill, Larry Mathison and Joe Rygol. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Brayshaw, Aiden Brayshaw and Dylan Brayshaw.

Donations can be made in Hank’s honor to Millard American Legion Post 374.

Hank died Friday, May 24.


Henry M. “Hank” Van Ert was born Sept. 13, 1941 to Henry and Amelia (Beck) Van Ert at a farm in Tilden. He was the youngest of seven siblings. He attended elementary school in Antelope County and graduated from Neligh High School in 1958 where he enjoyed boxing and football. 

After high school, he left the farm and moved to Omaha where he worked at Western Electric before being drafted into the Army. 

After the Army, he became a carpenter and worked on commercial and residential properties. He ended his career as a finish carpenter.

He was united in marriage to Anita Christensen on Nov. 12, 1982 in Omaha.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Van Ert; son, Scott Brayshaw; grandchildren, Aiden and Dylan Brayshaw; brother, John (Michelle) Van Ert; brothers-in-law, Bill Meis and Dan McCarty; sisters-in-law, Pat Van Ert and Joni (Mike) Baldozier; mother-in-law, Dorothy Christensen and many nieces and nephews.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Amelia Van Ert; brother, Jim Van Ert; sisters, Josephine Meis, Evelyn McCarty, Lorraine (Tom) Logas and Marie (Sam) Meis.

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