Daniel Alan “Dan” Svehla

Daniel Alan “Dan” Svehla

November 14, 1967 – October 11, 2021

Age 53

Dan was born in Schuyler, NE the second youngest of 8 siblings and was raised on the family farm in Clarkson, NE. He attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he earned a football scholarship as an outside linebacker, lettering 3 times, and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

After college, he pursued a career in banking rising to Senior Vice President at Union Bank & Trust.  A man of deep faith in Christ, Dan tirelessly served others including his wife, children, family, friends, co-workers and anyone in need. He will be missed by many.

Dan is survived by his wife of 31 years Heather; daughter Lindsay Danns (Dax); son Cale Svehla (fiancé Olivia Rodriguez); grandson Nile Danns; mother Alice Svehla; siblings Gwen Mach (Dave), Sandy Brichacek, Rodney Svehla (Mary), Larry Svehla Fairchild (Jacquelyn), Randy Svehla (Lisa), Laurie Schlautman (Marty), Shelley Wherley (Dean); father-in-law and mother-in-law Dr. Richard & Mary Jo Osterholm; brothers & sisters-in-law Heidi Keith (Rob) & Ryan Osterholm (Courtney); and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his father LaVern Svehla.

Visitation: Friday, October 15, 5:00-7:00 p..m., Avery Presbyterian Church, 1910 E. Avery Road, Bellevue.

Funeral Service: Saturday, October 16, 10:30 a.m., Citylight Church Midtown, 4383 Nicholas Street, Omaha 68131.

To view the video of the funeral service, please click the link below.


Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery

Memorials suggested to Bright Hope at brighthope.org using the “Memorial or Honorarium Donations” option and dedicating to Dan Svehla’s memory in support of his mission work in Cuba.

Those attending are encouraged to wear Husker red or black for the Blackshirts to honor our favorite Husker blackshirt #87, Dan Svehla.



  • Cissy Posted October 13, 2021 10:42 am

    Dan was the kindest, most loving and giving man I know. He was always there to lend a hand or repair something for the family. He was truly a Servant for God. I know he is the arms of Jesus now, but we are utterly heartbroken and he has left us with a void that is irreplaceable. I was so blessed to call him my nephew. You are so loved and will be greatly missed.💔💔😢😢🙏🙏

  • Roxanne Hunstad Posted October 13, 2021 1:34 pm

    My heart breaks. There are no words to express my deepest condolences. Prayers to Heather and the family for healing. Dan went home to soon, but is with our Heavenly Father. ❤️🙏❤️

  • Wendy Rowell Posted October 13, 2021 1:57 pm

    Please accept my warmest condolences, I’m sending thoughts of peace and courage your way. I was lucky enough to meet Dan through work and got a chance to see what a great man he was. Sending my sympathies to you and the family.

  • Gregg Barrios Posted October 13, 2021 2:32 pm

    Prayers for Dan and his family. May God bless you and keep you…I am unable to make it to the services but know my thoughts and prayers are with the Svehla family. Dan was a special person.

  • Kevin Posted October 13, 2021 2:54 pm

    I’m just heartbroken to lose such an outstanding person. Dan was an absolute delight to be around, and I can’t ever remember a time when he didn’t have a smile on his face. He and his wife Heather were such great supporters of Bellevue West while Lindsay and Cale attended there. Dan was always willing to jump in to do whatever he could with the booster club,, After Prom, etc. He was always so grounded, had great common sense, was full of life, and truly lived a Christian life. He will definitely be missed.

  • Kevin Marik Posted October 13, 2021 3:58 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family
    May God’s love continue to heal the family and all the people Dan touched.

    It was a pleasure to watch#87 at the University of Nebraska

    Go big red!

  • Gregg Allan Silverberg Posted October 13, 2021 4:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss will be praying for you and your families I worked with Dan at the bank very kind hearted hard working man. He will be greatly missed.

  • Tony Samuel Posted October 13, 2021 4:37 pm

    It was a very tough morning when I received the news that Dan passed away the previous night. I was Dan’s position coach at Nebraska and we had a special relationship far beyond that of a coach and a player. He was such a special person to everyone he made contact with. We had a very unique and special relationship since his days as a player. Our ability to communicate verbally and non verbally is something I will always cherish. I remember meeting his girlfriend and now wife Heather when they were still in college. I knew right away they were meant for each other. We shared the same birthday and in many ways the same temperament. We could go for long periods of time not making contact but when we did, the connection was there. My heart goes out to his family and friends because I know we shared a great man’s company for the period of time we had with him. Rest easy Chief!!

  • Toni Posted October 13, 2021 6:16 pm

    I saw Dan just two weeks ago and didn’t have a chance to visit with him. Little did I know that was the last time I would see him, I shall miss his smile,. Here’s to Dan. You left us way way too soon,

  • Stephen Fowler Posted October 14, 2021 1:24 am

    Thank you Dan for treating me like a brother and friend. You are the tip of the spear. I miss you. I will miss you. May you be continually embraced by the fountain of God’s Unfathomable Divine Mercy for all eternity. Amen brother in Christ. 🙏❤️

  • Kay B Posted October 14, 2021 5:52 am

    I’m deeply saddened at the loss of this Godly man and friend. I rejoice that he is now in the arms of Jesus and pray for all of Dan’s family and friends as they go through this very difficult time.

  • Tom Haller Posted October 14, 2021 8:37 pm

    I had the privilege of working with Dan at First National for several years. In fact I was his boss. What a first class guy who worked hard, was kind and respectful to all those around him, and he always did his job the right way. Not the easy way. My sincere condolences to Heather and his kids. He had a life well-lived and will be sorely missed by so many. Rest well, my friend.

  • Andrew Williams Posted October 15, 2021 4:39 am

    Dan and I worked for years at First National Bank. Dan was kind and always friendly to everyone he encountered. He will be missed. God Speed!

  • Paul Mausbach Posted October 15, 2021 7:46 am

    My condolences to the entire Svehla family, as well as Dan’s wife, children and grandchildren. Memories from our youth in Clarkson, NE will live on in our hearts. Paul Mausbach and Family

  • John and Suellen Husak Posted October 15, 2021 8:23 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was so kind and such a great friend, always willing to help me out and be a substitute dad when John was TDY. We enjoyed our Nebraska/Baylor games with him and loved how he would send us peanut brittle at Christmas. Heather, you and your family are in our prayers. I wish we could be there tomorrow but know we will be thinking of you and sending our love.

  • Rev. Dr. John and Kim Riley Posted October 15, 2021 11:36 am

    Kim and I were deeply saddened to hear of Dan’s sudden passing. We send our love, prayers and condolences to Heather, Lindsay, and Cale, and Dick and Mary Jo. You are always in our hearts and never more so than now. Dan was a faithful servant of Our Lord Jesus Christ and a loving husband and father and friend to so many. He will be missed by all, but just as Dan lives now with Our Savior in eternity he will live forever in our hearts. Our tears reach out to all of you across the miles from Delaware. The Rev. Dr. John and Kim Riley

  • Ronda Kent Posted October 15, 2021 5:45 pm

    Cale, and the entire family. I was heart broken to hear about this.
    May God love and keep you strong.

    Love you Mr. S.
    Mrs. Kent.

  • Ronda Kent Posted October 16, 2021 11:34 am

    What a beautiful celebration of his life.

    Ronda Kent.

  • Verdeen Stratton Posted October 18, 2021 1:39 pm

    Heather, many years ago we worked at Sunderbruch together. So sorry for you as I know what you are going through to lose your husband..Take care as it took me a long while to feel happy again.

    Verdeen Stratton

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