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Delain Danehey


Delain “Dan” Danehey died unexpectedly on June 2, in Fountain Hills, Ariz. He was born on Sept. 16, 1934, in Lawrence, Neb., the only child of Neil and Caroline (Reiman) Danehey. Dan grew up on the family farm and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1956. He met his future wife, Shelly (Kort) Danehey, in 1955, later marrying her in 1959. After the wedding, he returned to Dover, Del., where he served in the U.S. Air Force.

Following their relocation to Arlington Heights, Ill., in 1960, Dan resumed his accounting career with Ernst & (Ernst) Young in Chicago until his retirement in 1991. He served on the boards of The Juvenile Protective Association and General Employment.

In 1994, Dan and Shelly moved to Fountain Hills, Ariz. In retirement, Dan embraced his passions for indulging in fine food, appreciating the performing arts, volunteering for tax preparations for seniors through AARP, perfecting his golf game and following his favorite sports teams.

Dan was preceded in death by Shelly in 2013. He is survived by his children, Mrs. Jim (Kathy) Eichman of Kalamazoo, Mich., and David Danehey of Mesa, Ariz., and four grandchildren, Jack, Gillian, Elise and Aidan Eichman. Dan will be remembered for his integrity, wisdom, generosity, sense of humor and kindheartedness as a husband, father, grandfather, business colleague and friend.

A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas on the Desert in Scottsdale, Ariz., at a later date.


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