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Don J. Vanis

Don J. Vanis, 50, of St. Paul, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, as the result of a hunting accident. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Libory's Catholic Church in St. Libory. The Rev. Sidney B. Bruggeman will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday at the church from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Vanis was born on September 27, 1962, at Grand Island, the son of Harry J. and Lucille M. (Helgoth) Vanis. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Cody Davis of Grand Island; one son, Bo Vanis of St. Paul; one grandson, Payton Davis of Grand Island; three sisters and brothers-in-law, LuAnn and Ken Magwire of Eagle River, Alaska, Vicki and Doug Wallace of North Platte and Jeanne and Bob Prince of Grand Island; and a special friend, Corrie Cronin of Grand Island. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Don grew up in St. Libory where he attended District No. 118 School and graduated in 1980, from Northwest High School in Grand Island. He was united in marriage to Tammie Sue Bottorf on May 28, 1981, in Grand Island. Don worked for Ziller Tile of Grand Island for 18 years. In 1998, he started his own business, Vanis Versatile, which he continued to operate until his death. He was a member of St. Libory's Catholic Church and was active in the Northwest High School Trap Shooting Club, with his son, Bo. He enjoyed cooking and was a great outdoors man, hunter and fisherman. He loved his family, especially his grandson. Don truly loved life! He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Vanis. Memorials are suggested to the Vanis family.

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Our Deepest Sympathy Bo, Ashley and family. Don was a great guy. Keep your faith and memories close to your heart as they Gods gifts.Dale Elaine Nowak and family.

Don Vanis Jan 12 2013 11:19 AM

This is Ashley. Dons daughter. Thank u guys for ALL these posts. They bring a sense of comfort to know that everyone knows what a special dad and person that he was. I miss him so much. So so much. My son is 5 years old and im reminding him how special grampa is as he recalls everyday. He took payton fishing, hunting, and sleep overs. If any of u classmates of 1980, co workers, friend's, etc can contact me on facebook... Ashley Vanis Davis, or email me ashleyscccaccount@yahoo.com or write: 781 6th avenue in st. Paul, ne. I would LOVE to hear memories and share stories. Love my special daddy so very much

Don Vanis Jan 3 2013 12:59 AM

The day we spent with Don after Tracy and Sara's wedding helped us know what a special man he was. His smile and laughter will live forever in our memory. We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Steve and Cassie Chronic

Don Vanis Jan 1 2013 8:48 AM

We are so sorry for you loss.You are all in our Prayers.From Hendrum,MN

Don Vanis Dec 30 2012 2:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

Don Vanis Dec 29 2012 4:10 PM

May the prayers be with your family and you Donnie .as you would say...GETER DONE.R.I.P DONNIE .You will be missed by ALL !!!

Don Vanis Dec 28 2012 11:26 PM

So sorry for your loss....I will always remember don's smile...such a fun an likeable person...love and miss you Don!!

Don Vanis Dec 28 2012 8:06 PM

I am so sorry about the loss of such a good man. Thru our memories of him he will live on forever in our hearts and thoughts...He was a great friend to so many!!! My thoughts and prayers to all....Steve Hanssen

Don Vanis Dec 28 2012 6:29 PM

My thoughhts and prayers to your family

Don Vanis Dec 28 2012 12:00 PM

Ashley,Bo,family and friends I'm deeply saddened by Uncle Don's death. I truly wish I could be there with everyone. My prayers are with you. Ashley and Bo hang in there, love you guys very much.

Don Vanis Dec 28 2012 11:39 AM

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