Michael B. Donner
Funeral services for Michael B. Donner, 64, of Norfolk will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Norfolk: Reverend Doug Scheinost will be the celebrant. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Norfolk. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7, all at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Michael died Monday, July 28, 2014 at his home.
Michael (Mike) B. Donner was born May 17, 1950 in Hartington, Nebr., to Charles and Alice Donner. He attended grade school in Bruno, Nebr., moved with his family to Norfolk in 1962 and graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1968.
On August 5, 1972, Mike married Marilyn Magill at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norfolk. Mike called that day the "high point" of his life and described his wife of more than 40 years as "a rock to lean on and a soft place to land."
Mike worked at Dale Electronics and Sherwood Medical before being hired as part of the start-up crew at Nucor Steel in 1973. He retired from Nucor in 2002 and then worked part-time at Menards until 2012, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Telling jokes was a part of Mike's nature and he enjoyed pulling pranks on others. Even while receiving treatment for the cancer, Mike was certain to make his visitors laugh. His message for friends and loved ones was "I've had fun - don't put off enjoying life."
Mike enjoyed yard work and landscaping, reading, and woodworking. With Marilyn, he sold wooden craft items for 12 years as Doc's Crafts. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and the Knights of Columbus.
Mike said he was most proud of his family and is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son Jason (Chris) Donner and daughter Brenda (Tony) Dirks, both of Lincoln; grandchildren Caitlin, Lauren and Nicole Dirks, and Ethan Donner; sisters Nancy (Gary) Harvey of Chicago, Patti (Tom) Goodwater of Lincoln, Terri (Allen) Wuebben of Norfolk, and brothers Chuck (Pat) Donner of Grand Island, Keith (Connie) Donner of Madison, and Randall Donner of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
It was Mike's wish that his funeral be a celebration and he requested that those attending do not wear black.