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Daniel P. Harrahill

Dr. Daniel P. Harrahill, 52, of St. Paul, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, at CHI Saint Francis in Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul. The Revs. Rayappa Konka, Ray Kosmicki and Mike McDermott will concelebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. also at the St. Paul Civic Center. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Dan was born on March 7, 1965, at St. Paul, the son of John R. “Jack” and Carmen J. (Peters) Harrahill. He was a 1983 graduate of St. Paul High School and graduated from Creighton University in Aug. 1988. He was united in marriage to Shelly Marquis on Feb. 24, 1989, at Kearney. The couple were blessed with four children, Emilea, Josh, Noah and Madison. Dan received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May 1996 and enjoyed finishing his medical residency in Scottsbluff from 1997 to 1999. In June of 1999 he began his career as a physician in his hometown of St. Paul. Rural medicine was his passion and coming home to work in St. Paul was a dream come true. He continued to work until two weeks before his death. Dan was always willing to lend a helping hand. He visited many patients in their homes and was known for his selflessness, humility, generosity, humor and work ethic. His love for medicine was surpassed only by his love for his family. He tried hard not to miss any of his childrens school activities, whether it was music, sports, speech or school plays. He also enjoyed traveling with his family. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 1918 of St. Paul. He was also a member of the Nebraska Medical Association and the American Medical Association. On March 24, 2017, Dan was able to attend the wedding of his daughter and graduation of his son. Though originally scheduled for later this spring, these beautiful ceremonies were prepared by a special group of friends, with three hours notice, in order for these to occur at the hospital where Dan could attend. The last two weeks were among the happiest of Dan's life, as they were filled with friends and family, love and laughter. He is survived by his wife, Shelly of St. Paul; daughter and son-in-law, Emilea and Kyle Harshman of Lincoln; sons, Josh Harrahill of Omaha and Noah Harrahill of St. Paul; and daughter, Madison Harrahill of St. Paul; mother, Carmen Harrahill of Grand Island; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kerin and Steve Older of Augusta, GA and Sue and John Friedrichsen of Palmer; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Rick and Trish Harrahill of Palmer and Dennis Harrahill of North Platte; mother-in-law, Dodie Johnson of Kearney; father-in-law and his wife, Lyle and Cec Marquis of Gretna; and Shelly's siblings and spouses, Julie and Mike McIntee of Bismarck, ND, Doug and Stacey Marquis of Lake Forest, IL, Kevin Marquis and Brittany Hartman of Colorado Springs, CO and Dan and Michelle Marquis of Elkhorn. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Harrahill. Dr. Dan and his family request, in lieu of plants and flowers, that people please give memorials to the following organizations that were near and dear to his heart: Howard County Medical Center, Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Life Center or Kids Inspiring Kids (kidsinspire.com).

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Reading this obituary breaks my heart. I was good friends with Dan at Kearney State College. He was on my same floor at Mantor Hall. Towards the end of that second semester my sophomore year Dan asked me if I had a job lined up for the summer. He said he had this great internship with the Southwestern Company. He was so excited about it, so I followed him over to the student union and signed up for my first summer selling books door to door in Thibidaux, LA. Dan was my roommate that fateful summer. We both would hitchhike to the nearest town and then go our separate ways during the day only to meet up at the end of a 14 hour day knocking on doors. He was always in a good mood. I never saw Dan get down. He changed the way I looked at life and really that summer changed me and molded me into the person I am today. I owe it all to Dan. I am sorry I am writing this 4 years after he has passed. I was just talking with a coworker about my summer selling books and looked up Dan's name on Google and saw his Obituary. I am sorry for your loss. He was an amazing friend and even better person. He will be missed.

Tim Kelly Mar 2 2022 12:31 PM

I am truly heartbroken to learn of Dr Harrahill's passing. He delivered my youngest son during his residency in Scottsbluff. We were ver blessed to have him as part of Weston's birth and start in life. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Carri Hutson

Carri Vogel Hutson Apr 9 2017 3:30 PM

My name is Kirstine Chvala. I was blessed to be given 22 brain tumors. God brought him and I together seven years ago on memorial day weekend. On memorial day weekend of 2010 I was in the St Paul ER, in a coma. God arranged for Dr Harrahill to be on duty that night and I have been a patient of his ever since. I had the pleasure of seeing both his warm and caring side as well as his humorous side. For this memory to make a little sense to all of you I had two tumors that together were the size of an orange removed from my brain. (those were the ones he found and then sent me on to Lincoln for emergency surgery). They have caused a few issues with the wiring of my brain. At one point I was seeing images out of the corner of my eyes like my husband running through the living room in clothes he wore the day before. This alarmed me and the thought did cross my mind that I was going crazy. Crazy like white coated people should come and get me. When I shared that with me he got right in front of me and looked me square in the eye and with a big grin he said "You do know that you are crazy right!". I told him that the thought had crossed my mind. At the time I didn't find him so amusing but I soon got over it. The next time I saw him I told himI was going to call him ugly but since he was on his best behavior that day I didn't have to. He had such a wonderful sense of humor and the best and warmest bed side manner I have ever experienced. He was a brilliant doctor and an awesome man.

Kirstine Chvala Apr 7 2017 10:31 PM

Carmen and Dan's family We were friends when you and Jack were young and we started our families. We have good memories of our card party at your house in St Paul and our young days. Our hearts ache for you and Dan's family. Prayers and Sympathy. Richard and Aggie Hinkle

Agnes Hinkle Apr 6 2017 10:06 AM

My deepest sympathies to the Family of Dr, Harrahill. Such a kind generous and gentle healer. He took great care of my Mom and eased the hearts of the rest of the family. A rare man in such times as these. Thank you. Dr. Harrahill you will be missed. Phillip Schimonitz, VCD-MFA

Phillip Schimonitz Apr 5 2017 11:48 AM

Dan Harrahil was much more than a doctor...he was our friend and we considered him family! As we grew up neighbors in rural Greeley NE in our childhood years, it was always a highlight to have the Harrahill kids come to visit or a treat to go to their house! His father, Jack Harrahill and my dad, Jerry Smith, were buddies from high school days and our families treasured our time together. Dan was a great guy...fun loving and caring! He always wanted to do the right thing! His sisters, Karin and Susie, and I would try his patience and that of my brother too...but Dan and my brother Dan Smith, were just "good boys" and didn't really stray from the right side of the path! We loved it when Dan came back "HOME" to practice medicine and felt so very fortunate to have him close. As my parents have aged and gone to live in the nursing home, it was Dan who visited them and checked on them when he made his trips to Greeley to the satellite office. After my dad suffered a heart attack, and felt like life was shortening quickly, Dan gave him hope ...calling him daily at times, just to see how his day was going. The Smith family hold the highest regards...and just plain loved Dan Harrahil! He was the best! I am sure heaven holds a very special place for such a kind and caring soul as our dear friend, Dan! With much love, Jerry and Aggie Smith, Jerry P. & Sherry Smith, John & Karen Smith, Dann & Stacy Smith, Sheila & John Sweenie, and Gene & Eileen Hubl

Eileen Hubl Apr 5 2017 9:51 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Daniel Harrahill

Donna Schimonitz Apr 5 2017 9:29 AM

Dan was always there, not only as a doctor, but also as a friend. He took phone calls any time, day or night, and did so very willingly. He will be greatly missed, both as a doctor but as a vital part of out community. Richard & Betty Czarnek

Betty Czarnek Apr 5 2017 8:37 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Daniel Harrahill

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