Donald D. Van Driest

Donald D. Van Driest

November 12, 1932 – February 12, 2022

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phil and Nell Van Driest.

Don proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953-1955 with service in Japan and Korea. He married Deanna Calandrine of Fort Dodge, Iowa on September 1, 1957. Don served on the Eastern Nebraska Trails Association as a volunteer in development of abandoned railroad tracks into walking and biking trails; named Friends of Parks Trail Blazer Award for his pioneering work on the Nebraska Cowboy Trail-1994; and Nebraska Trails Council Oregon Trail Award-1999. He also volunteered at the VA Hospital in Omaha.

Don is survived by his wife, Deanna; children, Laurel (Grant), Matthew (Tracey) and Ward; three step grandsons.

The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 15th, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  Private Interment: Omaha National Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Baright Library Foundation in Ralston.


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