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Deryl Danielson

Deryl Danielson, 86, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 2nd at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora. Private burial services for the family will be on June 3rd. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to Madonna Rehab Foundation, Messiah Lutheran Church or Aurora Legion Post #42. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Deryl Dean Danielson was born October 30, 1933 at Aurora, Nebraska to Joseph and Viola (Guilford) Danielson. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Brethren Church in Aurora by Rev. Porter. He started school at District 19 and then District 82 when the family moved NW of Aurora. He graduated from Aurora High School with the class of 1951. Deryl enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 10, 1953 at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served in Japan and the Honor Guard until he was honorably discharged on October 20, 1955. He returned to the farm to help his dad. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora, Platt Duetsche, a life time member of Aurora Legion Post #42, serving in the honor guard for many years.

Deryl was married to Delores Baasch on May 28, 1960. They were married 60 years and one day. They farmed the family farm until 1995 when they moved into their home on Murphy Road. Deryl suffered a severe head injury in 1990 working with cattle but continued to help his sons and grandsons with the farm until a few years ago. His passion was Hereford Cattle and enjoyed talking about his Herefords to whoever would listen. Deryl and Delores received Outstanding Service to the Livestock Industry of York and Hamilton Counties in 2018, Honorary Chapter Farmer Award presented by the Aurora FFA and 4-H Hall of Fame. His hobby was farming and enjoyed his daily visit to Murphy Elevator to have coffee with the Murphy gang. His legacy was teaching his children and grandchildren the value of hard work, humor, love of candy and carrying on his Hereford cattle.

He is survived by his wife, Delores of Aurora; daughter, Diane (Bill) Gowen; sons, Duane Danielson, Denny (Judy) Danielson and Darin (Carol) Danielson;13 grandchildren, Stefanie (Brandon) Kologinczak, Stacie Delezene, Samantha (Lance) Thorell, Shelby (Ryan) Kieselhorst, Drew (Kasey) Danielson, Ty, Bryce & Brady Danielson, Emily & Shelby Janzen, Jordan (Jessica) Danielson, Dylan, Devin Danielson; 11 great-grandchildren, Keighton and Karsyn Kologinczak, Ryann and Camden Delezene, Ledger, Archer and Vivian Thorell, Paxton Janzen, Weston and Blaine Danielson and Kamrey Danielson; sister, Lois (Gene) Friesen; sisters-in-law, Marlene Mader and Dorothy Baasch and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Lloyd Moore, infant grandson, Isaac Carl Danielson, brothers-in-law, Leonard Mader and Wayne Baasch and parents-in-law, Charles and Alvira (Rauert) Baasch.

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