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Donald L. “Don” Deselms

Edison, Furnas County, Nebraska, USA
Death 14 Mar 2012 (aged 82)
Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 86866439 · View Source
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Donald L. "Don" Deselms, 82, died Wednesday, March 14th at the Western Nebraska Veteran's Home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Don was born January 18th, 1930 in Edison, Nebraska to Leo and Jennie (Stevens) Deselms.

Don graduated from Oxford High School, Oxford, Nebraska in 1948 and married Nancy Nissen in 1952. He attended The University of Nebraska at Kearney and earned a bachelor's degree in 1951. In January, 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The remainder of his enlistment was served at Johnson's Island. He was discharged in September 1954 and began his teaching career at Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska. He later earned a Masters Degree from The University of Nebraska at Kearney and then earned his Doctorate in Education from the Univeristy of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

In 1963 Don and Nancy moved to Chadron and Don began his career at Chadron State College. While at CSC he held many administrative positions and retired in 1992.

Don was active in his community and was a member of the Shriners, the Samaritan Masonic Lodge, the Scottish and York rites, and the Order of Eastern Star. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge in Chadron and a Rotarian, serving as the District Governor and had two Paul Harris Fellowships. He was awarded the Legion of Merit in DeMolay. Don also enjoyed volunteering and served as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for many years.

Don is survived by: wife Nancy Deselms of Chadron, Nebraska, sons Bert Deselms of Ottawa, Kansas and Jay (Deb) Deselms of Platteville, Colorado and daughter Cyd (Rod) Hanson of Chappell, Nebraska, grandchildren, Jessica Deselms of Mankato, Minnesota, Sarah Deselms of Omaha, Nebraska, Samantha Hanson of Plymouth, Nebraska, Alex Deselms of Greeley, Colorado, Luke Hanson of Chappell, Nebraska, great-grand daughters, Maddison Deselms and Kherington Pfingsten, brothers Frank Deselms, Derald Deselms and Harold (Barb) Deselms, sister Arlene Pleas and a host of relatives and friends.

Inurnment was in the Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium, Chadron, NE.

Published in Kearney Hub from March 17 to March 18, 2012




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