Robert M. Dana

Robert M. Dana

October 11, 1954 – September 8, 2021

The family will receive friends on Monday, September 13th from 5pm to 7pm at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Dr., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7 pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, September 14th at 10:30am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

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Robert “Bob” Michael Dana died on September 8, 2021 at home in Omaha, Nebraska. Bob was born on October 11, 1954 in Bloomfield, Nebraska to Robert John Dana and Elizabeth “Bette” Barbara Sanders Dana. Bob married the love of his life, Carol Rae Middleton Dana, on October 12, 1973 and together they have four children: Robert Michael Dana, Jr., Karen Elizabeth Bagley (Dave), Brian Paul Dana (Sarah), and Kevin Oliver Dana (Kim). Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; his children and their spouses; his grandchildren: Morgan, Brody, Tallie, Colin, Kaleb, Brock, Audrey, Kelsey, and Lauren. Bob was devoted to his wife and children. He took great joy in being “Papa” to his nine grandchildren.

After their last child was born, Bob went back to school and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNL. Bob worked as an engineer for various companies and himself, but his final and favorite engineering job was with the National Parks Service as a Project Manager. Bob loved camping, cooking, and country music, and Bob and Carol loved to travel and took many wonderful trips together. Bob was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and took an active role in the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his brother, Larry Dana; his infant sister, Agnes; and his parents-in-law, Al and Jean Middleton.





  • Doc and Janice Mahoney Posted September 10, 2021 6:27 pm

    Kevin and family, our hearts go out to all of you. Your Dad left a legacy of wonderful loving people. Our world needs more people like him.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Doc and Janice

  • Michael Peterson Posted September 10, 2021 7:01 pm

    I will miss you Bob. You gave me such a blessing accepting me into your family when I married your sister. We will think of you often and cherish all the great memories. We love you, Carol, the kids and grandkids.

  • Andrew Wasalaski Posted September 10, 2021 11:07 pm

    I may not have known Bob as long as some. I may not have known bob as well as some. I may not have mountains of funny stories to tell about him.

    But, I know these things. Bob was a man of conviction and faith. That conviction rubbed off on me as we worked together. He always went above and beyond what was needed but was always willing to help, to teach, to listen.

    Through faith I know this is not good bye only see you later.

  • Sheryl Lustgraaf Posted September 11, 2021 11:09 am

    My sincerest condolences to his family. I worked with Bob when he was at Alvine. He was such a nice guy with a good sense of humor. Bob will be missed. Prayers to his family during this time.

  • Jim Dennell Posted September 14, 2021 6:34 am

    God bless your family. Bob was special to those he worked with. His authentic humility and faith touched more than many may know.. Bob introduced himself at a Knight’s meeting, where he volunteered to do the mechanical engineering for the Holy Family Shrine. Bob answered a call from God. Because he did, many have been touched. Bob gave unconditionally at a time when he was starting a new career and raising a family. Somehow he found the time. I am sure he is joined in Heaven by many who found God in the comfort of the chapel .

  • Kevin Schluckebier Posted September 14, 2021 9:10 am

    Condolences to you all! Bob has been a great mentor and friend through the years. The spark of light he shared with us part time, I know has extended to the lives of is family for generations. In his far too short time at NPS he’s been able to connect with and improve relationships and facilities in many of our parks. A point he made time and time again… Bob Loved his job and the people he worked side by side with. He ended his career with the highest level of enjoyment and shared excellent expert service. His skills and smile have already been, and will continue to be sorely missed. We can be eased that he will now share his service on high, thanks for the memories my friend! God Bless.

  • Kathy Kokes Sullivan Posted September 14, 2021 12:34 pm

    Dear Carol: My sincere sympathies to you and your family in the loss of Bob. I remember him fondly as a kind, caring Kokes cousin. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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