John “Dan” Michaelson II, 80, of Lincoln, passed away on February 11, 2022. He was born on February 8, 1942, in Lincoln to Eugene and Bernice (Knapp) Michaelson. Dan proudly served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He also proudly called himself the world’s oldest rookie, joining the Cornhusker Marching Band after his military service at age 37.

He was a talented and accomplished musician participating in the Christ UMC Church Brass and Choir, the Community Concert Band, and the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band. While in the United States Navy Dan directed many concert, jazz, and rock bands. His last duty station was as an admin for the Navy Band, where he directed the Sea Chanters Chorus. Dan was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and of the UNL Alumni Band as a participant and served as Treasurer for many years. Dan loved going to Cornhusker home football games with his son, Geoff, who is also a CMB alum. Something special that they got to do together for 35 years.

Marching Band and Navy uniforms
Dan Michaelson Cornhusker Marching Band and Navy Service

Celebration of Life to be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A Street, Lincoln (10). Rev. Richard Randolph, Ph.D officiating.

Read Dan’s full obituary.

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