Ira P. Schreiber passed away on Jan. 9 at age 80. Memorial service will be held in Denver on Feb. 17. Internment and memorial service in Lincoln to be announced at a later date.
He was preceded in death by his parents, uncles and aunts, a cousin, step-daughter and step-grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Corrine Schreiber of Aurora, CO; children: Allen Schreiber of Lincoln; and Debra Schreiber Marburg of Omaha; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Tim and Karie Stevens of Parker, CO; grandchildren: Louis, Benjamin and Shoshanah Schreiber of Lincoln and Solomon and Elijah Marburg of Omaha; step-grandchildren: Kaleb Stevens of Parker, CO, Breanna Hufman of Aurora, CO and Dillon Stevens of Omaha; cousins, Becky Schreiber of Culver City, CA, and Cecile Schreiber of Yucca Valley, CA; mother-in-law, Charlotte Leader of Denver; and former wife, Sue Schreiber of Lincoln.
He was born Sept. 21, 1937, in Carbondale, PA, to Arthur and Matilda (Meyer) Schreiber and was raised in Haddon Heights, NJ. After serving in the USAF in Denver and Kansas City, he graduated from the UNL Business College in 1965, owned and operated Ira’s Tavern in Malcolm in the mid 1960’s, and was co-owner of the BC Racing Team sprint car #67. Using his love of trains and electronics training, his business interests included owning Aksarben Hobby, vice president of the Great Plains Railway Co., owner of Signs Inc./ Action Ad and co-founder of the Fremont Dinner Train (now Kansas Belle).
He was active in his community and oversaw rebuilding the train and laying new tracks for the expanded railroad at Lincoln Children’s Zoo during the original ReZoovenation project. He served as president of the board of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (South Street Temple). Relocating to Aurora, CO, he worked for the Regional Transportation District and was very active in various local railroading and mass transit groups. His efforts were key in Amtrak reinstating the very popular Ski Train between Denver and Winter Park Ski Resort. During the summers in semi-retirement, he spent weeks at a time in the Portland, ME, area to volunteer for the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum. Ira was known for his razor sharp wit, quick one-liners and puns, and was an avid Huskers fan.
Memorials may be made to the organization of your choice.