David Joseph Gurney
April 9, 1935 – February 20, 2023
VISITATION: Friday, February 24th, 5pm, with 7pm VIGIL at West Center Chapel.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, February 25th, 10am at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Cecilia’s Cathedral or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Dave was born in Sioux City, IA, and grew up in Fremont, NE. He spent his childhood summers in Sioux City working on his aunt and uncle’s farm. He attended Benedictine College and then served in the US Army for several years. He met the love of his life, Helga Grunewald, while stationed in Darmstadt, Germany. They married and moved back to the U. S. with their children, first stopping in Fort Gordon, GA, then their final hometown of Omaha.
He was passionate about his faith and helping others in need. Dave was proud to be ordained in the first class of 16 Deacons in 1973. As Deacon, he served the St. Cecilia’s Cathedral parish proudly and with honor for over 40 years. He also taught CCD and Baptism classes and spent countless hours volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul and visiting the sick.
Dave enjoyed dinners with family and travels to Germany with Helga to visit relatives and explore the beautiful country. He was a loving and devoted husband to Helga for 58 years. And an incredible father to their 8 children. His strong faith in God and kind heart set a wonderful example for them to follow. Dave worked for many years and retired from Lucent Technologies as a Communications Supervisor.
Preceded in death by parents, Theodore and Ariel Gurney: spouse, Helga Gurney: son, Harry Gurney: sister, Joan O’Brien (Richard).
Survived by children: Rita Gurney, Elfie Wade, Thomas Gurney (Mary), Cathleen Mayer, Patricia Helms, Ann Moeschler (Pat), Clare Connelly (Tim); daughter-in-law, Catherine Gurney; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings: Sue Karpf (Fred), Paul Gurney (Mary).
The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to all the loving caregivers at Country House Elkhorn and St. Croix Hospice.