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Obituary for Donald C "Donny" Elsen

Donald (Donny) Elsen, age 66, resident of Sidney entered into eternal life on Sunday, January 17, 2021. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at home. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Allen Strawn officiating. Cremation has been held.
You may view Donny’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Donald’s care and funeral arrangements.
Donald was born October 3, 1954 in Taylor Hospital in Sidney, NE to Mathilda Ann (Warrelmann) and Curtis Henry Elsen. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1973. Donald was united in marriage to Debra Lynn Jarred on April 20, 1981. To that union, they were blessed with daughter Gina Elsen and son Benjamin Elsen as well as Debra's son Nicholas Hesman.
Donald had a passion for farming and enjoyed doing so with his father for many years. He worked as a custodian for Sidney Public Schools for 28 years and St. Pauls Lutheran Church for 35 years. He was well loved over the years by the teachers, staff, and children that he worked around at the schools. During his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, tinkering on projects in the shop and playing the piano.
He is survived by his Daughter Gina Ann Elsen of Sidney, NE and Son Benjamin Curtis Elsen and wife, Aja of Pawnee, OK , Stepson Nicholas Hesman of Watsontown, PA, Brother Dale Elsen of Oklahoma City, OK, Sister Nancy Chapin and husband, Mark, of Overland Park, KS, Sister Judy Gortsema of Crawford, NE, Sister Cyndy Jensen and husband, Gary, of Denver, CO, Grandchildren Austin, Dakota, Madison and Ashlyn Hawkins of Sidney, NE as well as several nieces and nephews and extended family.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife Debra Elsen, infant Baby Elsen and parents Curtis and Mathilda Elsen.