On March 24th, 2021, Humbug was called home following a short stay at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, due to complications from Covid-19.
Born on August 23rd, 1940, in the great state of Alabama, Elijah attained the age of 80 years, 7 months, and 1 day.
Humbug always told stories of growing up in a predominantly female household. His grandmother was a significant influence on his life. Being raised by women, he was first and foremost a gentleman.
Humbug lived in Omaha since the mid-1980s and was a resident of the Siena Francis House homeless shelter for 30-plus years. He could be found volunteering, making sack lunches in the old building on 17th and Nicholas. He also volunteered at the Holy Family Church on 17th and Izard. Humbug was always easy to find. Being a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Nebraska Huskers, he always wore red.
Being so far from his family in Alabama, everyone in Omaha became his family. He was an unofficially adopted brother, uncle, cousin, and dad to many people who loved him and will miss him very much. I pray that one day, his distant family will look for him and find his obituary, and they will know that he was not alone. Humbug will be deeply missed by his adopted family, including Michael Dowsing, Michelle Freeman, and Trey, Ty, and Sierra Dowsing.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. His cremains will be placed at a private ceremony at St Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.