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.
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