January 4, 1927 – June 15, 2020
Born in Bassett, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Van C. Duling

Van C. Duling

January 4, 1927-June15, 2020

Van C. Duling, 93, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully, on Monday, June 15, 2020.  He was born on January 4, 1927 in Bassett, NE to the late Gilbert, and Mabel (Forke)  Duling.  Van attended Lincoln Public Schools, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in business.

Van was married to his loving wife, Georgia  (Lemon) who preceded him in death by exactly 11 weeks.  They were married September 11, 1950 at First Methodist Church in University Place.  This year was to be their 70th anniversary.  Van was a proud navy veteran, having served in WWII.  He began his career in travel, shortly after getting married, eventually becoming the founder of his own company, Van C. Duling Travel, in 1970.  For 40 years, Van managed the company, discovering the invaluable use of travel as sales incentive.  He and Georgia found travel to be an integral part of their lives, helping others fulfill their travel dreams.

Van was an author.  He and a couple of his dear friends , were able to publish a series of three books; “The Good Ol’ Days”, “Those were the Days”, and “The Lincoln Scrapbook”.  He also wrote his autobiography, “The Door Swings In…The Door Swings Out,  “ reflecting on his extensive career in the travel industry which was made possible with the support of Georgia.

Van was a musician.  He was a drummer.  He played in a band on KFAB radio while he was in college, and went on to be in everything from the Shrine Dixieland Band, to impromptu appearances, at such things as the Shrine Circus, or his daughter’s high school dances.  The drum set was a frequent companion, as Van and Georgia went to functions that may need his musical assistance.  “Georgia on my Mind” was always one of his crowd pleasers.

Van was a loyal and loving friend.  He cared for his friends deeply, and cherished the memories they made together.  He looked forward to seeing them again in heaven, particularly the ones who he had golfed with as a proud member of the Country Club of Lincoln.

Van was a character.  He loved to dress in plaid.  He loved a cold beer at Barry’s.  He loved to tape bows from presents on his forehead.  He loved learning the names of new friends.  He loved being a performer.  He loved making people laugh.  He loved telling stories that would keep his audiences spellbound.  He loved to dress up and go out to lunch as frequently as possible.  He loved spending time with his beloved family.  He loved his dogs, and most everyone else’s dogs.  He loved life, and lived it with enthusiasm!

Van is survived by his daughters, Lynn (Brent) Kalemkiarian, Janice (George) Boosalis, granddaughters, Beth (Erik) Fern, Kaylin Boosalis, and grandson, Justin (Taylor) Kalemkiarian.

He was preceded in death by Georgia (Lemon) Duling, and Gerald Duling.

A memorial service is pending.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army of Lincoln.

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