Dan Nyseth, born and raised in Winona, moved home in 2013 after retiring from his 34-year career as a policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His work took him to Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Nashville, TN. During his time with the VA, Dan proposed and helped implement an innovative program to integrate two branches of the administration, the Veterans Health Agency and the Veterans Benefit Agency, in order to better serve U.S. veterans.
Dan loved to play sports as a young man and watch them as an old man. He lettered in tennis at Winona High, class of ’68, and worked briefly as a sports reporter for the Winona Daily News after graduating WSU.
An avid musician, Dan played guitar in several area bands during his younger days. He picked the hobby back up after retirement, playing mostly at home and with friends. He also sang in the choir, played handbells, and volunteered for Souper Thursday at First Congregational Church of Winona.
He is survived by his only child, Anna, 28, of Winona; sister Sharon Mann, nephew Jeff Mann, and great nieces Abby and Emma Mann, all four of Fountain City; and two cats.
Dan’s memorial service will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at 11:30am at First Congregational Church, preceded by a visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the church for its Souper Thursday program or music department.
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