Daniel (Dan) Forrest Wolford, 56, of Lincoln, NE, passed away on August 10, 2023 after an extended battle with IgA Nephropathy, an autoimmune disease that attacks the kidneys, also known as Berger’s disease.
Dan graduated from Omaha Central High School and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, followed by a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from UNL, Dan began his engineering career with the Nebraska Department of Roads as an Engineering Associate responsible for inspecting and collaborating on highway projects. Later, as a Research Associate Engineer, Dan conducted independent research and analyses on roadside safety issues and authored numerous research reports and articles regarding bridge and highway safety, including in peer-reviewed journals and in presentations at local and national industry meetings. As a Design Engineer at HGM, Dan conducted the preliminary and final structural designs on numerous bridges, culverts and pedestrian bridges. In his work at Terra2, Dan served as a Project Manager for geospatial mapping.
Dan was a gentle soul with a big heart and an introspective spirit. He had a good sense of humor and a love of animals, particularly his beloved cats, Calvin and Buster. Dan also had a love of nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed cycling on paved urban trails, motorcycling on terrifyingly narrow, steep mountain trails in Colorado and taking spontaneous road (and off-road) adventures. Indoors, Dan played competitive foosball in local clubs and tournaments and took home championship hardware on numerous occasions. Dan also loved history, including that of his own family. He spent years conducting research and gathering archival materials before ultimately creating an extensive film, image and document archive related to Wolford and Lubischer family genealogy. Most of all, Dan was a loving and dedicated son, brother, nephew and uncle to his family and extended family.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Margaret (Lubischer) Wolford of Omaha, NE. Dan is survived by his five siblings, including his twin sister Michele Wolford (Larry Williams) of Lincoln, NE, and four older siblings, John (Janet) Wolford of Nashville, TN, Jim Wolford (Kirsten Hinsdale) of Boston, MA, Lisa Wolford of Plattsmouth, NE, and Cleone (Dave) Levos of Anthem, AZ, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, his Uncle Charles Wolford of Redondo Beach, CA and Aunt Romaine Lubischer of Omaha, NE.
A funeral mass is scheduled on Thursday, August 24, 10 AM at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St., Omaha, followed by a burial service at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 4190 Leavenworth St. in Omaha. A luncheon will follow at noon.
Memorials can be made to the American Kidney Fund.
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