Daniel Sloboth

Daniel Sloboth

October 7, 1957 – August 3, 2023

Dan Sloboth, 65, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha due to complications from heart surgery.

Dan was born on October 7, 1957, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Dan and Evelyn Sloboth.

He grew up in Omaha, attending Ryan High School and graduating in 1975. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1979 with a degree in business. While at UNL, Dan was a 4-year letterman on the tennis team and met his future wife, Theresa Palmesano.

Dan and Theresa were married in Omaha on August 10, 1979.

They spent 4 years in Houston, Texas where he worked for UPG, Inc. A Subsidiary of Northern Natural Gas and then Gulf Energy. Upon moving back to Omaha in 1984, Dan transitioned to Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company and eventually IBM where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 2019.

Dan began playing tennis at an early age and continued to play socially and competitively until his death. His other love of sport was the game of golf. He traveled extensively for both, competing in tennis tournaments, and experiencing new golf courses.

Dan was a competitor, but he found the greatest joy in the relationships he formed along the way.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Theresa; daughter, Kari Bradley; granddaughters, Bella and Sophia; brothers and sisters: Anne (Orest) Bula, Ellen Sloboth, Sue Sloboth, and Tony (Jan) Sloboth; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Mike (Kathy) Palmesano, Mary Jo (Jerry) Pont, John (Jana) Palmesano, Jim (Nancy) Palmesano, and Kathy (Dave) Kula; mother and father-in-law, Pete and Phyllis Palmesano.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunt, and uncles.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Evelyn Sloboth.

Celebration of Life: Saturday, August 12, 2023, 10:00am at Coram Deo Church, 8787 Pacific St. Memorials are suggested to Open Door Mission, Wounded Warrior Project, or Special Olympics-Nebraska (Omaha Tennis Buddies).

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Thomas Huerter Posted August 6, 2023 1:05 pm

    Sweet Danny was one of the most humble, loving men I ever knew. RIP.

  • Phil Woog Posted August 6, 2023 5:49 pm

    I was fortunate to be one of Dan’s teammates at Nebraska. While he was certainly a terrific tennis player, he was a far greater person. His character touched all of us. Condolences to the entire Sloboth family.

  • Jim Schlehuber Posted August 7, 2023 6:25 am

    RIP Dan. God Bless 🙏🏻

  • Marianne Brouwer Posted August 9, 2023 11:29 am

    In the short time I got to know you both, you became my favorite people. Dan was a wonderful man and quite a light that will definitely keep shining on you and your family. I am so sorry for the loss of Dan. I will pray for continued strength and healing.

  • Jim Kneedler Posted August 9, 2023 8:04 pm

    Oh Dan….And you were on my mind the past few weeks for some reason…You will be missed. I still remember when you joined the IBM Branch Office in Omaha…I immediately nicknamed you SloboCop. You were such a good friend and I always loved visiting you in the IBM “mini office” years later after I had moved to St. Louis. I would always find you tucked away in that corner room. I also remember your massive heart attack and how I thought we lost you then…but you were the ultimate warrior and you came back better than ever. I guess our Heavenly Father really needed you to come home this time….And like the man of honor you have always been, you answered the call…Love you Dan…You are forever remembered in my heart….Your friend, Jim

  • Silas Prather Posted August 10, 2023 8:19 am

    So very sad to hear of Dan’s passing. I knew him as a colleague at IBM and really enjoyed working with him and playing a few rounds of golf with him over the years. I really enjoyed his company and the time I got to spend with him. Great guy .. I will be missed by all of us. My sincerest condolences to the family … Rest in Peace Dan.

  • Vicky Lockhart Sindelar Posted August 10, 2023 11:28 am

    I and my kids were fortunate to know Dan and his family. Dan was always so kind and had a way of making everyone feel seen and appreciated. We were lucky to know him. He was truly a man among men. Condolences to the entire Sloboth family. RIP Dan

    • Alfred Salanitro Posted August 11, 2023 12:43 pm

      Prayers for Theresa and family and the Sloboth’s, the gentle smile and the great Ryan High spirit lived in Dan. Rest in peace and my God reward you in eternal life. Peace, Alfred Salanitro

  • Cathy Plowman Posted August 11, 2023 5:49 pm

    Dan and Theresa were very kind and welcoming to our daughter,Sarah when she and Kari were members of the Drake tennis team.He was so proud of Kari..Dan was always an inspiration with his knowledge of tennis and his love of tennisHe was a humble, gentleman who we had the pleasure to meet.Our sincere condolences to Theresa,Kari and the Sloboth family.
    John and Cathy Plowman Halifax Nova Scotia,Canada

  • Victoria Allison-Dietz Posted August 12, 2023 6:59 pm

    Dan was someone I always looked up to during our time at IBM. He was admired by many as someone with the utmost integrity, intellect, generosity, and professionalism. Dan will always be remembered. Prayers going out for Dan and his loving family at this time.

  • Mike DeLaura Posted August 13, 2023 3:40 pm

    I met Dan at Harper Hall at the beginning of his freshman year in Lincoln. We became fast friends and later roommates in off campus housing. I use word housing in its broadest definition! We made it livable together and roomed together for 2 memorable years. I am shocked at his loss but I appreciated the time we had together even more, now 40 years later. A true gentleman. Our condolences to Theresa and all of the family.

  • Rachel Hall Posted August 14, 2023 10:25 am

    Dear Ann…I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. All losses are hard, but I am sure this one seems even harder when it is a younger brother. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories to comfort you and the rest of the family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Rachel Kunc Hall

  • Lee R. Talley Posted December 11, 2023 8:13 pm

    To Theresa, Kari, family and friends…
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Dan, your husband and father. He was such a wonderful person.

    *I just saw his death notice in the Nebraska Alumni magazine.

    I got to know Dan through Chris Wilson, one of his best from high school. They were known on the dorm floor as “the boys from Ryan High.” (Chris and I became fast friends while living on 4th floor in Schramm Hall.) Being a fairly good tennis player in my youth, there were many times we played doubles (with whomever we could find) on the tennis courts on the dorm complex. It was always a great time because we’d be laughing and taunting each other the entire time. Dan had a great laugh.

    I remember Dan being truly a nice guy who always treated everyone with kindness and sincerity. A true gentleman. Just a good guy.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

    Lee R. Talley
    Tinley Park, Illinois
    Class of 1978

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