Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch, age 68, of Yankton, South Dakota, died peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

The family will receive friends starting at 5:00 PM, on Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.  A celebration of his life will take place at 5:30 PM with Deacon John Keyes officiating, followed by food, drinks, and fellowship at the Hospitality Center right next door to the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.  The service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/WintzRay and on Dan’s obituary page at www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.  To celebrate Dan’s life, Yankton Bucks or Nebraska Cornhusker attire is welcomed.

Daniel Lee Lynch was born January 29, 1952 in Yankton, South Dakota to Bill and Alice (Stevens) Lynch.  He graduated from Yankton High School in 1970 and then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln on a football scholarship.  Dan was a member of the 1970 and 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers National Championship teams.  Injuries forced Dan to leave the program in 1973 and he started working with Ray Wilken at the Hamm’s Beer Distributorship.  On June 28, 1975, Dan married Elizabeth “Liz” Gross in Yankton.  After their marriage, they lived in Emerald, Nebraska just west of Lincoln and purchased Merle’s Food and Drink.  He operated the restaurant until 2008 when he officially retired and later sold the business to their son, Benjamin, in 2012.  In 2005, Dan and Liz built their log home west of Yankton.  Dan enjoyed traveling the world, hunting, fishing, gardening and watching the birds.  He was an avid fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and loved cooking and hosting parties for his family and friends.  He enjoyed animals and loved the company of his many labs which he had over the years.  Dan had a spontaneous spirit who always loved a good time and treasured the time he got to spend with his family, friends, and grandsons.

Dan is survived by his wife, Liz Lynch of Yankton; two children: Benjamin Lynch of Tabor, SD and Allison (Zeb) Pent of Fort Worth, TX; three grandsons: Jude, Elliot, and Calvin Pent; his father, Bill Lynch of Yankton; three brothers: Bob (Kristi) Lynch of Byron, IL, Tom Lynch of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Pat Lynch of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Lynch; and one brother, Mike Lynch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Contact Center at 321 W. 3rd St, Yankton, SD  57078 or Yankton Athletic Programs at 1801 Summit St, Yankton.





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25 response to "Dan Lynch"

  1. By: Ann Gevik Hartz Posted: September 12, 2020

    My deepest condolences to you and the family.

  2. By: John conkling Posted: September 12, 2020

    Too many too soon. May God you all peace and understanding during this time.

  3. By: Margaret M Holland Posted: September 12, 2020

    So very sorry, Liz and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have had….going way back to junior high!

  4. By: Tom Welter Posted: September 13, 2020

    Sorry to hear about Dan leaving us. He was always good to me and we shared a brotherhood as Cornhuskers. Peace and blessings to the Lynch family.

  5. By: Ilene Borgman Posted: September 14, 2020

    My condolences to you and the family with your loss. Have great memories from past years at the tavern and football games. Know Dan will be missed a great deal. Trust the memories of special times and a lasting legacy bring you comfort.

  6. By: Cookie Mattern Posted: September 14, 2020

    My sincerest sympathy to you, Liz and your family. Dan was a special guy; he will be missed. Hugs for you, Liz.

  7. By: Pat Koster Posted: September 14, 2020

    Liz, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. May your family find God’s love and peace during this difficult time.

  8. By: Randy Johnson Posted: September 14, 2020

    Deepest sympathy to you and the family Liz! Really enjoyed seeing Dan over the years. He will be missed. He will always be in your hearts and watching over you. God-speed to you and the kids!

  9. By: Rick Collignon Posted: September 14, 2020

    Liz, A few months ago you shared your thoughts about losing someone special in our life, when my mother pass away. You said, “We are fortunate to have them as long or as little as we did. I believe that we as parents will pass on some of those values and love and support to our children. They say the best is yet to come and we pray the Good Lord is there watching over us”. Invaluable thoughts that we needed to hear at a time we needed to step back and reflect on the memories created and what is really important in our lives. Dan was a good man and the memories you and he created will live forever in the hearts and minds of all of us he touched. Our thoughts are with you. Rick and Barb

  10. By: Ruth Kline Posted: September 14, 2020

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Liz.

  11. By: Gary and karen unruh Posted: September 15, 2020

    Sorry to hear about Dan stay strong and God bless prayers are with u and your family lol

  12. By: Todd Speece Posted: September 15, 2020

    It’s with a heavy heart that I give Liz and family my condolences regarding Dan’s passing. I still remember the time in the early 60’s when Dan moved into our neighborhood and he left a lasting with all those who met him. My prayers are with you. Cherish his memories.

  13. By: Cindy Lien (Renn) Posted: September 16, 2020

    Liz and family

    My deepest condolences to you all. Dan was always so fun to be around and my parents, John and Darlene Renn, always loved visiting with you all at Merles. May you all find peace and comfort during this time knowing Dan touched many lives.


  14. By: wintzray Posted: September 16, 2020

    I remember working with Dan at Gavins Point Dam 50 years ago. He always made it fun with his jokes and practical jokes.

    Daryll Halverson

  15. By: wintzray Posted: September 16, 2020

    Sending our love and prayers to Liz and family. We are so sorry for this loss to you. We will be thinking of you and keeping you dear in our prayers.


  16. By: Stuart, Vicki, Tyler, Kim, Trevor, Chrystina, Raylan, Ellisyn and Jaxyton "Piening". Posted: September 16, 2020

    You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left behind.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live for yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what Dan would want “smile, open your eyes, Love and go on”.
    Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of your lost ones pours through and shines down on us and to let us know they are happy.
    Lynch Family, We all were so shocked and saddened in hearing about Dan’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

  17. By: Mike Monson Posted: September 16, 2020

    Liz ,& Family, So sorry to hear such sad news, he will certainly be greatly missed. I remember when I changed schools & came to Yankton, Dan was one of the first people I met & I still remember how he had a way of making me feel welcome in a new environment, he had something about him that as soon as you met him you just knew he was a great guy. I have a lot of fond memories of times spent with Dan. So sorry for the loss, Dan will be remembered by many friends, Sincerely, Mike Monson

  18. By: Guy Smith Posted: September 17, 2020

    Rest In Peace Bruiser…

  19. By: Rich Sieverding Posted: September 17, 2020

    Liz and Family ,
    Just wanted to give my condolences to all of you at this difficult time . Dan was a great friend in high school and we had a lot of fun together . So many memories of the days out at the bait shop and parties at the lake . Those memories will be cherished forever . May God bless you Liz and the entire family . Dan will be missed for sure . Rich Sieverding

  20. By: Brad Pesek Posted: September 17, 2020

    Dear Liz, Allison and Ben,
    I am very saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. He was a such a great friend to so many who crossed paths with him. I have so many good memories of the great times we had at Merle’s. The atmosphere was terrific and so was the food…especially the steaks Dan served.
    Dan never met a stranger and made all he met feel welcome and he radiated goodwill. His low-key sense of humor was infectious.
    I will miss my big, gentle friend and long remember his kindness.
    Dan was a wonderful husband and great father. We will long hold his memory in our hearts. May God Bless you.

    Brad Pesek

  21. By: Jeff Class Posted: September 18, 2020

    To Liz and family, my heartfelt condolences.
    The years we had at Nebraska, the great times In Yankton, can’t be forgotten. I had more adventures with Dan in those years than could be imagined. Having a barroom confrontation with Lyle Alzado, at Jim’s Tap. The Icehouse. Getting stuck in snowdrifts twice, driving from Lincoln to South Dakota. A Wild road trip to Kansas City. Our late night / early morning breakfasts at the Russian Inn. Being trapped in our dorm room, by blinding snow storms. Our classic card games into the wee hours. Getting to know Dans wonderful family in Yankton. For Dans 21st Birthday, he asked me dance with Kevin Auld at Der Loaf and Stein, in Lincoln. In those days, two guys dancing was not typical! Dan was a special guy, he will be missed by many, never forgotten!

  22. By: Tim and Deanna Garvey Posted: September 18, 2020

    So very sorry, Liz, for you and your family. Let all the good memories keep a smile in your heart. We’re thinking of you.
    Tim & Deanna Garvey

  23. By: Doug King Posted: September 18, 2020

    Liz, Allison & Ben: i’m still in shock from the news. So many memories, so many laughs. Visits in Emerald, The Wedding in Yankton, Alward going down the pool slide standing up and taking a head sized chunk of fiber glass into the pool with him, Uncle Sam’s, The Hula Bowl, Northwestern games, Dan and i closing the Church Festival down, here in Cinci., and he and Bill Roebel carrying a keg back to Bill’s house for some extended discussions. All week the memories have come flooding back.
    He was a wonderful guy, we are all better people having had him in our lives. All our love to you and the whole family.

  24. By: Doris Tim Mundy Posted: September 21, 2020

    I am sorry i could not fly in for Dan’s funeral service. I was there in thought and I have watched the service. I am so sorry that Dan left us too soon. My thoughts are with you and the family and may his memories live on in your heart forever.

  25. By: patrick lynch brother nmbr 3 Posted: September 23, 2020

    To my best friend brother dan I am missing you so much right now. We thought you would be home a week ago this past friday..

    We talked in person shortly before that and I know how much you wanted to come home to your log cabin home. Now you are home pain free and I miss you so much as I drove out to your place today to see liz and kevin auld.

    miss your Dan, love brother Pat

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