Daniel Eugene Koborg

November 19, 1979April 1, 2019

Daniel Eugene Koborg, 39, of Ashburn, Virginia passed away peacefully in his home on 01 April 2019 after a 3 ½ year battle with cancer. Dan’s story is one of many accomplishments, impressive for someone of just 39. Dan’s childhood friends would marvel that he made it to the age he did given all the crazy stunts he pulled in middle and high school but they would also describe Dan as a loyal and generous friend, whose sense of humor and smile could fix any sticky situation.

Dan’s patriotism and desire to give back led him to join the Central Intelligence Agency after graduating from Park University in 2006 where he continued to impress his colleagues and supervisors with his integrity. Dan’s quick and decisive nature and ability to represent any issue with wit and professionalism led to lasting friendships and support that spanned his career at the Agency.

Dan also had a passion for hockey and Nebraska football which led him to participate in several men’s hockey leagues in Omaha, Ashburn, Hong Kong, and Ottawa. Dan was a youth hockey coach in Ashburn and one of his greatest achievements was passing on his love of the game to his own children and working with other youth hockey players at the beginning of their hockey experiences.

While Dan was an achiever in every sense of the word, Dan’s true mission began when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in October 2015. While many would shy away from the road ahead, Dan took cancer on with everything he had, raising money for Duke University’s Brain Cancer Center, where he was receiving treatment. Dan also participated in promising clinical trials at Duke, where there was no promise of a cure, but would provide additional research points so that others may benefit in the future. Dan never complained about the hand he was dealt, instead noting how unfair it was that children had to endure the same disease that offers little hope for prolonged survival.

Dan was preceded in death by grandparents Harold and Jackie Koborg and Lee and Joanne Schaefer. Dan is survived by his wife Erin (Reilly) and two children Nathan and Lauren; parents Eugene Koborg and wife Michele, and Leanne Denney (Schaefer) and husband Richard; sister Elizabeth O’Dea (Koborg) and husband Daniel, niece Delaney, nephew Nick, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Visitation service will be held on 18 April 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm with funeral services on 19 April 2019 at 10:00am at the Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Home at 11902 W. Center Road, Omaha NE 68144. A grave site ceremony will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery following the funeral service. An additional celebration of life will be held 4 May 2019 in Ashburn, Virginia, details to follow soon.

Dan served as captain for team Mind Over Matter, participating in the Angels Among Us fundraiser at Duke University and was very passionate about raising funds for continued research. In lieu of flowers, the Koborg family kindly requests donations be made to the Duke University Brain Cancer Research Center. All funds will benefit the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and will help them continue to lead the way for pediatric and adult brain cancer research.


  • Jason Collins
  • David Rudebusch
  • Robert Holmes
  • Nicholas Koborg
  • Scott Petersen
  • Mark Petersen
  • Steven Graf
  • Bill Owen

  • Duke University Brain Cancer Research Center


  • Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 19, 2019

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Carol Sautter (Graham)

April 18, 2019

My love for the Koborg family runs deep. I had the joy to meet Danny only one day in my life. When he was still in a stroller. At the airport. But that infectious smile and laugh has lasted a lifetime in my heart. And through family, I’ve followed his journey. He was the light in Gene’s eyes, among many others. A shining star. In every way. Prayers and love to the entire family as you grieve and move forward.

Diane Crann

April 11, 2019

I miss you buddy. I miss our daily messaging, I miss your eternal optimism and infectious smile, I miss your unwavering love of this country and your gratitude for being born in the greatest country in the world, but mostly I miss being your aunt. You were my first and I'll never forget the feeling the day you were born. You made "aunting" an honor. Rest in peace, sweet nephew. You've earned it. 💙

Derek Fey

April 7, 2019

I ran with Dan on Westside’s track team. He was dedicated to hurdles and I was always impressed with how easy he made it seem. We were part of a group that would lead a revival of our track team. Because of Dan’s dedication and motivating all of us to be better, with the exception of state, we won every meet our junior and senior years. His leadership will not be forgotten by his former teammates. Warrior for life...Rest easy.

Laura Barlett

April 7, 2019

Our family knows Dan and the wonderful Koborg family through hockey. We really have fond memories of him helping our daughter Siyeh when she was just a mite. He was always so good with Siyeh for she was shy in the beginning of her first couple hockey seasons . Dan was such a nice guy and will surely be missed at the Ice House! We are just so sadden by his passing, but realize he is in a much better place no longer fighting cancer. We continue to pray for Erin, Nathan, and Lauren as they navigate through this difficult time.
Andrew, Laura, Austin, and Siyeh Barlett

Chris Bass

April 4, 2019

I am grateful that I had the past few years to get to know you and your family. Conversations with you were always "real" and I appreciated your candor and insight. You were always quick to laugh and helped keep things in perspective. I will always remember our times with the Ashburn Xtreme, Ashburn Golden Knights and Virginia Vipers and the time I got to spend with your son and daughter on the ice.

God speed my friend!

Sandi Koborg

April 2, 2019

I remember the last time I saw you, we were at your dad's house in Omaha for Aunt Peggy's reception. We were all playing in the pool. I'm sorry it was so long ago and I didn't get to see you all grown up with your own family. Know that you were loved and will be missed! Your memory will live on through your children. Rest in peace.