Daniel E. Van Roy

Daniel E. Van Roy

April 4, 1933 – January 14, 2022

Danny was born on April 4, 1933, the fourth child of Bert and Esther (Ashman) Van Roy.  He was raised in a Catholic family of seven children and remained in Omaha his entire life.  He attended Holy Name High School and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  An Army veteran, he served active military duty as a Sergeant in Linz, Austria, from 1954 to 1956.  On his return to the States, Danny’s sister, Elaine, introduced him to Vera Fink; they married in 1956.  He had three daughters: Debra “Debbie,” Kristen Lambert, and Victoria “Vicki.” He had three granddaughters: Laura and Elise Lanigan, and Amanda Lambert.

Danny worked his way into the electronics business and started Electronic Sound, Inc. with his partner and friend, Paul J. Anderson in 1965.  He was a fair and generous businessman, and he loved his employees as family.

Danny’s lifetime ambition was being helpful to others.  In his youth, he tended a victory garden and raised rabbits for his family’s meals.  He helped family and friends with any odd jobs in their homes or cabins.  Danny was the original MacGyver and could fix anything.  His faith was central in his life, and he remained active in the church throughout his years.  Although he retired early, he never quit working.  Throughout his retirement, he continued on a daily basis to go to the office to see his business friends.

Danny loved Nebraska football, the family cabin on Gull Lake, fishing in Canada, pranks and making people laugh, traveling with Vera, flying as a private pilot, jellybeans and ice cream, and cigars and brandy.  Most of all, he loved life.  We know he is in heaven with his dearly departed family and friends.  We are so grateful for Danny’s life.  He will be missed beyond words.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Gerald Van Roy and John Van Roy; and sisters, Myrtle Johnson and Elaine Addington.  In addition to his wife, daughters, and granddaughters, he is survived by brothers, Lawrence Van Roy (Kay) and James Van Roy (Janice); brother-in-law, Art Addington; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Van Roy (Gerald).

VISITATION: Monday, January 17th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, January 18th at 10:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific.  INTERMENT: Omaha National Cemetery with military honors.  Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


  • Michele L Adkins Posted January 15, 2022 9:35 pm

    Vera and family, I was sorry to hear of Uncle Danny’s passing. I will always remember him as a kind and funny Uncle. You all are in prayers. Love, Mickey

  • Christine Lynn Gaub (daughter of John & Nancy Van Roy) Posted January 16, 2022 11:47 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. Uncle Danny was a great man!

  • Ann Mornin Posted January 16, 2022 4:52 pm

    I cannot express enough how sorry I am to the family for their loss of Dan. I grew up in Trendwood right behind the Van Roy’s. He would chase me all around the neighborhood. He was like another big brother to me. So loving, so kind, and compassionate. May God wrap his arms around him and he is at peace.

  • Kathy Murray Posted January 16, 2022 5:21 pm

    Danny was a special guy. Kind, generous and funny. He will be missed by so many.
    Praying God’s peace for his family

  • john mlnarik Posted January 17, 2022 9:36 am

    vera and girls, what fun loving wonderful fiend, i have memories to last a lifetime.we had many fishing and hunting trips with paul ,j,r charlie and all the group may he rest in peace.he will be missed

  • Audrey Meyers, Deloras Catherman Posted January 18, 2022 3:53 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. Danny left a memorable impression on everyone he meet. We will all have our memories of his interactions with us all through out lives. He will be greatly missed. Take comfort in knowing he is in God’s house and at peace.

  • Denise. Catherman-Renne Posted January 18, 2022 4:22 pm

    I will always remember how at the family get togethers Danny did his best to keep everyone smiling and laughing. The smile on his face was always warm and genuine.

  • Renee Lavelle Posted January 20, 2022 9:46 pm

    Vera I’m so very sorry for your loss. It was an honor and pleasure to know Danny. I have enjoyed his great sense of humor over the years. I have no doubt that my Aunt Katey was there to great him. Love and prayers to you and your family

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