Don W. Svendsen, 80 of Lyons NE

DON W. SVENDSEN, 80 years, of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska.

Don was born April 19, 1934, in rural Lyons, to Pete and Fern (Wiley) Svendsen. He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church at Divide Center, Nebraska. He attended country school at Wilson School in rural Lyons through the sixth grade and graduated from Lyons High School in 1952.

Don served in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged January 31, 1956.

On December 3, 1957, Don and Marcella Ann McKeegan were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lyons. To this union five children were born:  Deb, Dave, Pam, Joe and Lyn. Don custom farmed for many years and operated Svendsen Sod from 1977 to 2006.

He enjoyed going to the local coffee shop to catch up with local news and share his opinions with anyone who would listen. For the last two years, Don had resided at Legacy Gardens in Pender.

Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Fern; sister, Sally Larsen; and beloved wife, Marcella.

Survivors include his five children and their spouses, Deb and Charlie Olson of Bancroft, NE, Dave and Tammy Svendsen of Pierce, NE, Pam and Roger Servold of Mead, CO, Joe and Julie Svendsen of Lyons, Lyn and Kent Steinmeyer of Bancroft; twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:30 am, at Pelan Funeral Home in Lyons.

BURIAL: Lyons Cemetery with Military Honors by Robert Klase VFW Post No. 7998 and Harvey Lenig American Legion Post No. 83 of Lyons.

VISITATION:  Thursday, 6-8 pm with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Home in Lyons. Visitation will also be held Friday one hour prior to service at the Funeral Home.

MEMORIALS: To the family, to be designated at a later date

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

Don Svendsen

Don Svendsen

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I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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