In memory of

Dan Nedrow

December 27, 1958 - December 19, 2018
From: La Vista, NE | Originally: Sac City, IA
Dan Nedrow

Dan Nedrow

Born: December 27, 1958
Died: December 19, 2018
Age: 59
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    Daniel William Nedrow, age 59, passed away unexpectedly on December 19, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska, from a brain injury as a result of a fall. He was born on December 27, 1958, in Kansas City, Missouri, and was brought to Sac City, Iowa, by his loving adoptive parents, Bob and Anne Nedrow.  Three years later he would become the proud big brother to twins Larry and Lisa.  
    Dan grew up in Sac City and graduated from Sac Community High School in 1977. He then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he majored in theater and elementary education. For several years he was the mascot for the football team, the BV Beaver. His love for acting and performing started in high school, and he was in many high school and college plays, community theater, and productions such as the Chautauqua Singers, a Sac City group that puts on singing and skit performances. Dan especially loved productions which involved comedy. This is probably due to the fact he was quite the character in his everyday life. To say Dan was a social person is an understatement.  After graduating from college he became a substance abuse counselor and then a probation officer for the State of Missouri. He then moved to Omaha where for the last 12 years he had been a probation officer for the State of Nebraska.  Dan recently celebrated 32 years of sobriety, and he was extremely proud of that accomplishment.  
    Despite his small stature Dan had a huge heart. His greatest gift in life was being able to connect with people who needed help, and he helped a great number of people in doing just that. Dan was an effective counselor because he had had his own struggles and understood what others were going through.  He often said he had already “been there, done that,” so none of his probationers could get anything past him.  His compassion was limitless, but he would not hesitate to show tough love when the situation called for it.  Dan was legendary for his joke-telling and pranks, and you knew you were his friend if he “punked” you at some point. Although Dan never had any children of his own, he was “Uncle Dan” to not only his nephews, but also to his friends’ children. He taught them all to say “Uncle Dan is wonderful.”  It was widely known he would give these children a dollar every time they greeted him with that phrase. 
    Dan had a large group of very loving and loyal friends, from all walks of life, from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and afar. These friends, left to cherish his memory, became his second family.  Many of his friends will tell you how Dan helped them through troubled times and got them back on the right track of life.  His family is left humbled and grateful for the impact he made on so many in his life.  
    Dan is survived by his younger siblings:  Twins Larry (Peggy) Nedrow of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Lisa (Tom) Garrison of Lincolnton, North Carolina; Nephews: Chase (Samantha) Nedrow of Dallas, Texas, and Cole Nedrow of Atlanta, Georgia; Former wife, Cindy Nedrow of Omaha, Nebraska; Aunts and Uncle Jim and Lila Crowley of Jefferson, Iowa, and Gwen Campbell of Ridgecrest, California; numerous cousins; many extended family members and friends. 
    Dan is preceded in death by his mother and father, grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, MEMORIALS AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN DAN'S NAME CAN BE MADE TO:                                                                             

Lift Up Sarpy County
ATTN: Youth Drug Treatment Program
PO Box 4607055
Papillion, NE 68046
“Focused on making life better for the people of Sarpy County”


Cards and messages of condolence may be sent to:
Lisa Garrison
1224 Sedgewood Lane
Lincolnton, NC  28092

Celebration of Life:
11:00 a.m., Saturday
February 9, 2019
St. Martha's Episcopal Church
780 Pinnacle Drive
Papillion, NE 68046
10:00 a.m., Saturday
February 9, 2019
St. Martha's Episcopal Church
780 Pinnacle Drive
Papillion, NE 68046
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 9:51 AM
“I am so sorry to learn of Dan's death. I am a friend from his days at Buena Vista; A cheerleader one of the years Dan was the mascot. We had so much fun! His warm heart and fun antics kept us coming back for more. I haven't seen Dan in many years, but always hold a warm place in my heart for him. Every time we spoke or saw each other, the laughter started, it was as if we were 20 again. Young at heart is never old. RIP dear Dan.”
- Carol Mandziara
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:16 PM
“Larry, Lisa and the rest of the family: Even today I'm still somewhat in shock and feel so lost-as a result of Daniels death.. Dan may have been somewhat vertically challenged, but he was a gentle giant that sometimes roared like a lion in mine and in the lives of my family. All of my kids knew the phrase that pays ... "Uncle Dan is wonderful" and Dan was just a part of the family. He had a heart of gold and was always giving of himself. He was usually at our home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, the 4th of July and most others. He would knock as he was walking in the door just so you knew he was around. He was just as comfortable throwing his socks and shoes around our house as he was his own. Dan's memory will live on in so many ways. So many of his crazy stories and sayings have been adopted in our own lives. To this day when someone asks me a question where the answer is yes, I often answer the question with a series of questions such as "Does a one legged duck swim in a circle? Does a fat puppy hate fast cars? and so many others Dan would repeatedly share so freely. Dan was the type of person that some nitially disliked and rather strongly, yet ended up loving him all at the same time. My life and the life of my family has been so richly rewarded by having Dan as a huge part of our lives for the past 20 plus years. We're going to miss him something fierce but we'll see him again and for now Dan is still forever near as he lives within our hearts. In closing I simply want to say thank you God for the life of Dan Nedrow and thank you for the quality time you allowed us to share. God bless us all.”
- Dale Palmer
Monday, January 7, 2019 at 11:04 AM
“My deapest condolences to all of the family....
Dan was much like an uncle to me growing up and as an adult became more of a loving friend than anyone could ask for.. For as long as I can remember I could call on Dan any time I needed his support or just to give him a hard time.... He took the time all the time to show his love and share his strength and wisdom and jokes... Was proud to have had him stand beside me as my best man at my wedding... There's no question in my mind he's looking down on all he loved and cared about... There aren't words to convey the hurt in my heart and I can't imagine the heart ache you have endured through his passing... One thing is for sure he is not dead but very much alive in our hearts and the hearts of those he loved and left behind.”
- Dustin Johnson
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 5:16 PM
“I was so saddened to hear of Danís passing. I never spent a minute with Dan that was not fun. I havenít seen Dan for many years but the loss hurts. He was a good man!”
- Doug Horn
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 5:15 PM
“Larry and Peg: I am sorry to learn of your brotherís passing . Having lost two of my own, I understand your grief . I loved reading about him and hearing how he helped others while being a funny and loving guy with his family . My thoughts are with you both. ”
- Connie Paul
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 5:15 PM
“I worked with Dan as a Probation and Parole Officer in Missouri. He was great entertainment and put his heart in his work. God's speed.”
- Annalee Long
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 5:15 PM
“Our heartfelt condolences to Dan's family. He left us too son. I knew Dan from Buena Vista College and was in many theatre productions with him. I learned to be on my toes when I shared the stage with him because I never knew what was coming. Often it wasn't what we had rehearsed. Many great memories came flooding back when I heard of his passing. I was "pimped" a couple of times as pointed out in the lovely obituary. My wife Millie and I send healing wishes to your family and friends who loved Dan.”
- Chuck Spencer
Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 12:23 AM
“We are stunned and saddened to learn of Dan's passing.
We met him as a freshman at Buena Vista College, where he became very active in the theater program. We shared countless hours and experiences with him over his four years there, and came to know him as the talented, determined, fun-loving, comical, sometimes serious and sometimes crazy person that he was. He remained a dear friend, and we kept in touch through phone calls and visits (to Storm Lake, Sac City, and Omaha).
He was a kind and caring man who was always interested in others. Through all the challenges he faced in his own life, he found the time and made the effort to help others with their problems. He truly showed how one person can make a difference in the world, through the lives of those he touched. We were so blessed to have known Dan and we mourn for him, a life that was ended too soon. We will never forget him.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family.”
- Mike and Jean Whitlatch
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 6:23 PM
“I can not believe that Eddie (Hascal) is not with us anymore. He called me Mrs. Cleaver (as in Beaverís Mom), and he was ornery Eddie, enlightening me daily with his thousands of jokes! I donít know how he could remember all those jokes. We are both recovering alcoholic/addicts, and he spent a lot of time in my office comparing past experiences, and wondering how we lived through them. I talked to him two days before his fall, and we were going to have lunch together this week! My heart breaks that I didnít get to see him again! I loved and cherished his friendship so much! May you Rest In Peace dear friend! 🙏🏼❤️”
- Teresa Liesemeyer
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:56 AM
“I was deeply saddened when I heard of Dan's passing. I was having trouble dealing with my emotions. Luckily we have a man in the office who you could always talk to about problems in your life. So I headed to his office to talk. I got about half way there before I realized that I was headed to Dan's office. I consider myself a lucky man to have known you Dan, and I am looking forward to seeing you in your office up there. ”
- Mike Pilmaier
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“Dan was a good friend back in high school. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Kevin Johnson
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“Dan, thank you for everything. From helping me see I needed the program to being an ear to listen. Your humor and wisdom will be missed. Everyone who knew you knew you cared. I wouldn't be here if not for you. ”
- Jerusha Ward
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“Dan always had a word of encouragement for ALL!!!! RIP my friend”
- Pat Nosal
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“I too was once on probation where I first met Dan giving me a breathalyzer. But as time passed, I learned that he was a great friend to my son and his wife. I learned quickly to watch what I said cos he was so sharp...never knew what the comeback line would be. Parties my son held always found Dan there and he never was sad or down or grumpy in spite of health issues I learned he had. When my son told me he was near death, I was so saddened and now by reading his obituary, it saddens me even more. What a difference he made in many lives. He will be missed so much. Peace to all in his family.”
- Maggie Moeschler
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“ Dan babysit our kids when he was about 14-15 yrs old.Our kids loved him. Very sorry too hear about Dan.”
- Bob + Nancy Arends
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“You were born a warrior. I will never forget everything you have done for the family. You are one in a MILLION my friend!!! I will never forget you and I will see you on the flipside... ”
- Stacey Michele Garibay
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. I hope you may find comfort at Revelation 21:4, ďAnd he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.Ē We can look forward to the time when God will take away all reasons for distress and he even gives us a hope of a resurrection. (Acts 24:15) I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.”
- Emily
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“Larry and Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind. He was instrumental in my drinking career, beginning and ending. LOL. Just one out of the many lives he truly touched. So many cherished memories form BV, road trips to Bagville, and more recent as well. Even now, itís making me smile, just a touch. Be well. Youíre in my thoughts. ”
- Brent Schawl
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“My prayers go out to the family of Dan Nedrow. He will be greatly missed by many”
- Debbie Vrana Straight
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“Dan came into my life unexpectedly. Into my familyís life unexpectedly. And we are the fortunate oneís. Danís talents shined through as a probation officer. His ďtough loveĒ on my Son was greatly needed. His connection with my Son and subsequent conviction to see him reach sobriety was even greater than my own. I will be eternally grateful to Dan! His compassion and conviction to get my Son a spot in the Stephen Center and the ďArchĒ saved my Sonís life! Thank you Dan for being an Angel on earth! May you rest in peace! With eternal gratitude, JSN/KRN”
- Jeff Nazeck
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:23 PM
“Dan i remember all of the good times we had growing up on south 9th street in sac city i always enjoyed visiting with u in later years may u rest in peace dan ol buddy rest in peace”
- charlie "tuna" schnirring
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