Donald Rae Field, 73, of Hastings and formerly Burwell, Nebraska died April 21, 2018 at his care facility.
A memorial service will be held at
10:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at the First Congregational Church
in Burwell, Nebraska. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in
Burwell. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. In lieu of flowers,
memorials are suggested to Kamp Kaleo in Burwell. Hitchcock Funeral
Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Don was born August 16, 1944 in Omaha.
He attended Benson High School and enrolled in the Army upon his
graduation. Don served as a medical officer in the Vietnam War era
but served his duties at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. After returning from
his service, he attended the University of Nebraska earning a
teacher’s degree in math. During his time at UNL he also met his
bride to be.
Don married Sharon Petersen on July 25,
1969 in Burwell. They lived briefly in Creighton, NE while Don
taught high school and Sharon began her career as a nurse. They
welcomed their two boys, Scott and Eric, while in Creighton but soon
moved to Pennsylvania where Don went to school to become a watch
maker and jeweler. This decision steered the Fields back to Burwell
where Don and Sharon purchased a store which shortly after became
Field Jewelry. They welcomed their third child, Becky in 1979.
They loved raising their family in
Burwell for 20 years before following Sharon’s career to Hastings,
NE where he continued selling jewelry and then transitioned back to
teaching until his retirement.
Don was probably best known for his
engaging personality. He was quick to share a joke and a smile and
never hesitant to start a conversation with a complete stranger, who
also would quickly end up smiling and laughing. He embraced this
pleasant demeanor right up until a deck of cards was shuffled, then
his passion turned to competition… especially when dealing a game
Don was part of many organizations
including the United Church of Christ, the Masonic Lodge, Burwell
Chamber of Commerce, and was especially involved with Sharon in
efforts to support Kamp Kaleo in Burwell. In his spare time, he
enjoyed wood working, sailing his boat on the Calamus Lake, and
supporting his children in 4-H and youth activities.
Don is survived by three children,
Scott and Jenn (Gaedke) Field of Lincoln, Nebraska, Eric and Lori
(Knoepfel) Field of Plattsmouth, Nebraska and Becky and Norm Griffin
of Peoria, Illinois. Eight grandchildren and two sisters, Maurine
and Bob Beason of Omaha and Lois and George Westphal of Omaha.
Don was preceded in death by his mother
and step-father, Violet and Art Kaiser, his wife Sharon and a
brother, Derric Field.