The family of Dan Dailey cordially invites you to join in celebrating his life on February 25, 2017 from 4pm – 8pm at Country Celebrations 5606 Hamilton Blvd Sioux City, IA 51108.
Dinner will be served at approximately 5pm. We request you bring your thoughts, prayers and fondest memories of Dan. We were blessed to have Dan in our lives for 68 years. His memory is a treasure, he is loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Click on the event below for details and directions.
Link to Dan’s obituary in the Sioux City Journal
Link to Dan’s obituary in the Moline Dispatch
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DAN…
Dan passed away on February 12, 2017 of natural causes while vacationing in Dunedin, FL.
Dan was born in Moline, IL July 29, 1948. He attended St. Anne’s Catholic School and graduated from United Township High School in East Moline, IL. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Audiology from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. Dan met his soulmate, Sharon, when he was 17 and she was 15, at the Moline community pool. The meeting was no accident and nearly four years later they married on August 9, 1969. They would be celebrating 48 years of marriage this year.
Dan’s life work was also one of his greatest passions. He started working in the field of audiology for Mississippi Bend AEA 9 in Davenport, IA, and then moved on to working as a hearing aid specialist in Kansas City, MO. In 1982, the Dailey’s moved to Sergeant Bluff, IA where Dan began working at Western Hills AEA 12 in Sioux City, IA, as an audiologist for 26 years until his retirement in 2008.
Dan was the founder, owner and sole proprietor of Loess Hills Hearing Aids, in Sergeant Bluff, IA. He was actively running his practice and never liked leaving his customers without constant attention, even for vacation. He considered his clients to also be friends and thought of them as part of his extended family.
Many will remember Dan as a starring actor with the Pioneer Valley Players in the Sergeant Bluff community and also as a singer with the Master Chorale. He was proud to be a volunteer of the Sergeant Bluff Fire department from 1989-1999 and was the Treasurer for a number of years. He also volunteered for the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections as a way to express his interest in politics. He loved Broadway, Symphony, and a good Rock & Roll song allowing him to light up the dance floor. Dan loved architecture and built his own home from the ground up in Sergeant Bluff, a lifelong dream. Dan also regularly donated blood.
Dan loved sailing in Yankton, camping with friends and family, Belgian and German beers, fine wines (or in a box), pasta, bike riding, a friendly card game of Euchre, and Halloween campfires in the driveway. He was a self-professed news junkie and an avid follower of the stock market. He loved educational and history programs and could talk about anything with anyone. He was a people person and enjoyed encouraging and motivating young adults.
Most of all Dan loved his family. Just a few highlights included summer swims at Browns Lake, family trips to Adventureland, visits to the Omaha Zoo, supporting all the basketball, softball, theatre, and track events, trips to Kansas City to view the Plaza Lights, a European family trip, coaching soccer league, visiting the state parks, grilling out by the pool and many more.
Dan was an organ donor and would be happy to know his corneas were donated to 2 recipients. Dan’s remains rest in a handmade, cherry wood urn, handcrafted by the monks at New Melleray Abbey, in Dubuque, IA. The lid of the urn was designed by Dan’s family and etched into the wood by his son-in-law, Randy. Dan would be happy to know a tree will be planted in his memory at the New Melleray Forrest, as he was a firm believer in contributing to and protecting the environment.
There will be a celebration of Dan’s life at Country Celebrations on Saturday, February 25th from 4pm – 8pm. Dan left an impact on the lives of everyone he touched and would want us all to celebrate with good spirits and good storytelling.
Dan is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Andrea Hoover and her husband, Mick; Nicki Bolz and her husband, Randy. Grandchildren Jordan Nettleton, Kate and Allie Bolz, and Ava Hoover. Dan is also survived by his mother-in-law Elaine Whisler; Brothers Chuck Dailey and his wife, Alice; Bob Dailey and his wife, Rosemary; Sisters Gloria “Sis” Veskauf; Jean Baker and her husband Jerry. Sister-in-law Karen Scott and her husband, Brad; Brother -in-law John Whisler and his wife, Rachel. Additionally, Dan has many nieces and nephews he is proud to have known and loved. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Augusta Dailey, his brother Richard, his father-in-law Art Whisler, and his brother-in-law Tom Veskauf.