Donald F. Kane

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  It is with great sadness that the family of Don Kane, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at CHI Health Missouri Valley, Iowa Hospital. Don was the son of William and Ann Kane of Stanton, Nebraska. He graduated from Stanton High School, he received his B.S. degree in Secondary Education from Wayne State, and his Master’s degree from UNO. Don taught Science and was Junior High Principal for the Missouri Valley, Iowa School District for thirty years. Don and his wife, Joanne Robertson Kane, lived and taught in Missouri Valley. During this time, he was refereeing football and basketball (boys and girls) every weekend and in 2002 was inducted in the Iowa H. S. Officials Hall of Fame. Don loved to golf, getting “2 Holes in One” at the Logan-Mo. Valley Country Club. He advertised this fact with personalized license plates. Don loved all sports, attending Nebraska football games and Creighton basketball since 1964. Don and Joanne, both worked at AK-Sar-Ben Race Track, the Horseman’s Park during the summers and after retiring from teaching. Don was a four-sport athlete in High School and in college. Don Kane was the First Omaha World Herald Nebraska State College Athlete of the year 1951. His nephew, Tom Kropp, followed him in 1975 receiving the honor at Kearney State. Don has held the record of the 100 yd. dash in 9.8 and played on the Hall of Fame 1949 undefeated football team. Athletics aside, Wayne State is where he met his wife, Joanne Robertson Kane. Joanne was his biggest fan and knew more about sports than most! Joanne passed away in January 2017. Don is survived by brother, John (Jack) Kane of Albuquerque, New Mexico and sister Linda Kane Marshall (Robert) Springhill, Florida, loving sister Delores (Dee) Kropp of Aurora, Nebraska who passed away in 2016, sister-in-law Reba Menuey (Bruce d.) South Sioux City, Nebraska, brother-in-law Rod Robertson (Sheryl) of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Don loved his grandchildren: Karisa Kane Vlasek (Scott) Kiley Kane (Robert Schendle) Captain McKenzie Kane, Kelsey Kane, McKauley Kane (d.) Channing, Connor, Coley O’Neill and those two special great grandchildren, Izzy Vlasek and Nate Kane Schendle.

Loving our dad more than we can say, are his two children, Kathy Kane O’Neill (Tim), and Donald Scott Kane (Amy). Don always thought he could get a free car from Kathy and from his fighter pilot son, free Delta airline tickets! But remember, Dad, you always told us, “Nothing is free in life and you have to work really hard to get what you want.” That you did, Dad. We will miss you every day.

Private funeral Mass and burial were held by family. Arrangements by Hennessey Funeral Home Missouri Valley, Iowa





  • LaNay Larson Posted November 6, 2020 5:09 pm

    Prayers for all of you from our family!
    Cole, LaNay, Cruz and Joie

  • Daniel Bond Posted November 7, 2020 5:44 pm

    Sad to hear this news!! I made a quick visit with Don last fall when i was back in Iowa during harvest. He had his wall full of pictures and memories at Longview. He will be missed and a great man friend to everyone he meant,on or off the fields, courts! God bless , he is with his solemate now and forever!!

  • Leia Johnsen Posted November 8, 2020 11:09 am

    Dear family
    Love and prayers for all. Don was one of my Favorite teachers. So kind and treated everyone fair. But don’t cross him. Lol. Joann was my fourth grade teacher always brushing my hair. My sister Connie babysit you two. What a sweet family. Love and prayers to all.
    Leia (Torgerson) john Johnsen

  • Karen keeney clark Posted November 8, 2020 3:28 pm

    The whole Keeney family sends you our love and prayers. I know it’s so hard to lose your wonderful dad. We lost dad two years ago and miss him every day. We were blessed to have great dads. Mom sends her love. We all hold many special memories of your family. We pray those happy memories give you comfort in the days to come.

  • Mike and Suzann Tierney Posted November 8, 2020 3:58 pm

    I looked up to Don during high school days at Missouri Valley High and admired him how reserved he was about his great accomplishments in his life

  • Charles L. Smith, III Posted November 8, 2020 4:25 pm

    Kathy and Scott: I’m so sorry about Don’s passing. Your dad was a real gentleman and a wonderful person. He was my first coach. He started me playing Jr. High football in the 6th grade (no doubt a violation of some rule)…and because of that he always called me Mo. Valley’s only red shirt !!! I miss him and wish I could have been at a funeral.

  • Sybil Yutesler Posted November 9, 2020 10:14 am

    What a lovely tribute to your Dad. My Mom and Dad thought so much of your folks. They were good neighbors and friends.

  • Nancy & Jerry Skelton Posted November 9, 2020 7:03 pm

    Kathy & Scott; I spent so many nights babysitting with you two while in high school and loved every minute. Both Don and Joanne were such special people and always so supportive. May Don rest in God’s loving arms and be joined once again with Joanne. Thoughts and prayers with you and your families.

  • Roger Bonham Posted November 9, 2020 7:07 pm

    Sorry for your lost to the kane family.Had him for a principle best memory was playing football had a chance to recover a fumble but didn’t get to it.He was more upset with me then i was.

  • Roger Bonham Posted November 10, 2020 7:47 am

    Sorry for your lost to the kane family had him for a principle he was a great man

  • Patricia Tooles-Dyer Posted November 10, 2020 10:31 am

    Karisa – Keep your grandpa’s beautiful memories close to your heart and he will never be too far away! Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Daniel Bond Posted November 10, 2020 5:51 pm

    sad to see and hear the loss of a great person in everyway possible. he was a friend on and off the fields and courts. he will be miss by many. God Bless and our prayers go out his family.

  • Russ Kirkpatrick Posted November 12, 2020 8:31 am

    Kathy and Scott; so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Some of my best years were under the guidance of Don at school. We had some wonderful times teaching and discipling students. He was a wonderful person who always had a joke or funny comment about life. He will be missed. Prayers go out to you both.

  • Nancy (Peterson) Steinhoff Posted November 15, 2020 12:42 pm

    Dear Kathy and Scott, So sorry to hear this, yet our faith tells us he is with your mother now for eternity! Many great memories, keep telling the stories to your children!!!

  • Barb (Kuhl) Erickson Posted November 16, 2020 10:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. So many of my childhood memories were at his house. He was a very generous and kind man.

  • Marty Ricks Posted December 27, 2020 11:26 am

    Just moved back to Omaha from two years in Portland,OR, so I had not seen the obituary about Don’s passing. I just read the Omaha World Herald article in today’s Headlines section that included Don’s story and picture as part of forty people who have died during the Pandemic. I left Missouri Valley in 1957. But I recall having Don as my teacher in either seventh or eighth grade. My recollection after the passage of 63 years is of Don being a very bright, serious, effective teacher. My deepest condolences to the entire Kane family.

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