Donald Phillip Dai

Donald Phillip Dai

February 13, 1934 – June 27, 2019

Don was born on February 13, 1934 in Dunlap, Iowa.  He served in the United States Army from October 11, 1956 to November 30, 1962.  He loved to go fishing, camping with his family, working in his garden, and puttering in his shop.  Family gatherings and praying the Rosary were very important to him.  Don was an avid Cornhusker fan, but more important, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, and brother; a humble servant and soldier of God.

Don was preceded in death by parents, Freddie and Lillian Dai.  He is survived by wife, Sandra Lea Dai; children and spouses: Mathew S. Dai (Consuelo), Scott M. Dai (Barbara), Kurt M. Dai (Roxann), Kimberly M. Miller (Chris), Keith F. Dai (Theresa), Kevin C. Dai (Christy); 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Behrendt (Donald) and Barbara Smiley; nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 30th from 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm.  SERVICES: Monday, July 1st at 9:30am, West Center Chapel to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2210 S. 32nd Ave., for MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am.  Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park with military honors.  Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or charity of your choice.


  • Joedy and Lori Sandhoefner Posted June 28, 2019 6:35 am

    Our deepest sympathies to you, Scott and Barb and to your beautiful family. May your dad/grandpa rest in the arms of our loving Lord

  • Ann Manhart Posted June 28, 2019 7:52 am

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Much love

  • Gordon & Jill Kassen Posted June 28, 2019 8:23 am

    Our thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • Jim and Tara Rasmussen Posted June 28, 2019 9:14 am

    From our family to yours we want to express our deepest condolences to the whole Dai family. Kevin and Christy, as always you guys are in our thoughts. So very sorry for your lost.

  • Nadine Hanson Posted June 28, 2019 10:38 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Don was a good man and funny. He is now in Heaven with the Angels and all our wonderful family that is there waiting with open arms. My condolences, prayers and love to Sandra and the family.

  • Kathleen Roy Posted June 28, 2019 12:17 pm

    Kim, Tom & I are so sorry for the loss of your father. May he rest in peace. And let perpetual light shine upon him. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you,

  • Brad and Lallenia Birge Posted June 28, 2019 3:47 pm

    Extending our most heartfelt condolences to your family during this time.We hope the love and support from your loved ones brings the family peace during this difficult time

  • Fr. Richard Reiser Posted July 1, 2019 5:43 am

    My prayers are with you at this time. I remember your family’s support and faith practice when I was at OLL. and my connections with Keith and Kurt and their families at St. James. May Don Rest In Peace and be raised to glory.

  • Robert Hanson Posted July 1, 2019 7:59 am

    How lucky our whole family is to be blessed with quality people in our lives, like Donald. It is sad and we will miss his smile and wisdom, but we also need to focus on his legacy. God blessed us with him.

  • Pauline Christensen Posted July 2, 2019 10:29 am

    Kim so sorry to hear of your loss. Did not know your Dad, what a nice looking gentleman. I know he will be missed. May he rest in peace,,,

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