Daniel Carraher

Grand Island

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Updated: Mon, 09 Dec 2013 04:32:24 CST

Daniel G. ‘Dan’ Carraher, 83, of Grand Island died Friday, December 6, 2013 at Grand Island Veterans’ Home.

Daniel G. ‘Dan’ CarraherMass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.  Father Charles L. Torpey will officiate.  Always thinking of others, Dan chose to donate his body to the Anatomical Board of Nebraska following the service. Burial of ashes will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be an hour prior to service time at the church. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.

Dan was born February 6, 1930 at Heartwell, NE, the son of Gerald and Anna (Dietrich) Carraher.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Carraher; children and their spouses, Mark and Katie Carraher of El Cerrito, Danielle Carraher of Pueblo, CO, Louise and David Cardillo of Rochester, NY, Paul and Darlene Carraher of Jeffersonville, IN, Alexis and Hannes Mueller of Pittsford, NY and Christopher and Jenny Carraher of McKinney, TX; step-children, Lisa Beason of Grand Island and Amy Cole of Maysville, MO; sisters and brothers-in-law, Diane Robinson-Grubbs, Elizabeth and Norm Harrison and Patricia and Larry Durbin, all of Grand Island.

Those also left to cherish his memory are 17 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three infant brothers.

Dan was raised and received his education in Grand Island, graduating from Saint Mary’s High School with the class of 1948.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force, August 30, 1950 and was honorably discharged June 25, 1954.  He then attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and earned a BSBA in Industrial Engineering.

Dan married Ena Fuller on February 9, 1952 in England. His career took he and his family to Iowa, Minnesota and New Hampshire where he was employed as an Industrial Engineer at Sanders  Assoc., Inc. in Nashua until his retirement.

He returned to his hometown in 1987. Dan was united in marriage to Ruth (Anderson)Theisen on May 21, 1989 in Scottsdale, AZ.  He was employed in purchasing by Chief Automotive.  For many years Dan served as an Eucharist Minister, volunteering at Saint Francis.

A man of faith, Dan’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity was dear to his heart.   In 1997, he accepted the position and was the first executive director for Habitat, volunteering his experience and expertise. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Habitat for Humanity or Central Catholic Foundation.