Verdigre — Daniel "Danny" B. Kotrous, 76, of Verdigre died Monday, May 11, 2020 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Limited visitation was held Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre.

Graveside services were held Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Riverside Cemetery in Verdigre. Rev. Kizito Okhuoya officiated. Militaty honors were provided by American Legion Post 259.

Pallbearers were Collin Konopasek, Clay Konopasek, Dillon Ives, Toby Ives, Hunter Kotrous, Walker Kotrous, Ashton Reiman and Taysom Reiman.

Honorary pallbearers were Tessa Braun, Stephenie Ives, Chaney Konopasek, Sutyn Reiman, Westin Bauer and Angelina Bauer.

Daniel was born April 7, 1944, in Norfolk. He graduated from Verdigre High School in 1962 and served in the U.S. National Guard from 1964 until 1970. 

He worked for Ludvick and Clara Elis, his aunt and uncle on their farm.

On June 29, 1968, Danny married Pamela Crosley at the Verdigre United Methodist Church. For two years, they lived on a farm owned by Leonard and Betty Haineraich. 

On May 23, 1970, Ludvick and Clara moved to town and Danny, Pam and Dana moved to the farm. Together they had four children Dana, Debbie, Darrell and Diane. 

Danny worked for Don Jensen, Kenny Koops and Dennis Johnson, owners of the Verdigre Sale Barn. 

He was a member of The ZCBJ Lodge No. 5 and Verdigre Methodist Church.

He still was an active farmer at the time of his death. Danny’s favorite things included getting chores done and getting to his children’s activities whether it was sports, FFA activities or their church events. He was always there. Then along came grandchildren and Danny went to all of their activities, usually arriving early and sitting in the front row. He would strike up a conversation with others whether he knew them or not. He was so proud of his family. 

Danny loved going to sale barns weekly in Verdigre, Creighton and O’Neill, trying to purchase animals that needed his tender love and care. He found pleasure in taking the animals home and watching them grow to resell them. His herd of cows was always an enjoyment for him to watch.

Danny had a serious heart attack in 2011. In July of 2018, he had some serious health issues with his heart again. He decided to camp in his town house but went to the farm daily to feed calves and check on things. Danny interacted daily with children and grandchildren, asking Mom who’s coming for dinner today or do we have to babysit today.

 Danny is survived by his wife Pam; four children Dana (Marty) Konopasek and Debbie (Stephen) Ives, all of Verdigre, Darrell Kotrous (special friend Savannah Avdoyan) of Yankton SD and Diane (Kenny) Reiman of Niobrara; 14 grandchildren Tessa (Zac) Braun, Collin (Karly) Konopasek, Stephenie Ives (fiancé Brenden Johnson), Dillon Ives, Clay Konopasek (special friend Kenzie Noonan), Toby Ives (special friend Maddie Noonan), Hunter Kotrous, Chaney Konopasek (special friend Trey Sucha), Walker Kotrous, Ashton Reiman, Taysom Reiman, Sutyn Reiman, Angelina Bauer and Westin Bauer; one brother Randy (Stacie) Kotrous; two nephews Ben and Adam; one niece Taylor; two sisters-in-law Pat Meyerink (special friend Bill) and Peg (Romy) Marcelo; and several other nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Irene (Dufek) Kotrous; mother- and father-in-law Walt and Betty Crosley; one brother Kenny; one daughter-in-law Andrea McManigal; and one brother-in-law Dwight Meyerink.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.brockhaus funeralhome.com    

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