Stephen "Steve" Sunday

April 17, 1952 – Dec. 21, 2020


Stephen "Steve" Sunday, 68, of Wilber, (formerly of David City), died Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.

Steve was born April 17, 1952, in Lamar, Colorado, to William and Frances (Degan) Sunday. He attended high school at Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri and graduated in 1970. He then graduated in the 26th class of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Academy in 1972.

He married Patricia Smith in Columbus on July 16, 1977. They enjoyed 43 years of marriage together. They raised two sons, Jason and Scott, and two daughters, Tricia and Angie.

Steve spent nearly 49 years in law enforcement, the majority of it serving as chief of police in David City and finished his career with the Saline County sheriffs office.

He is survived by his wife Pat of Wilber; son, Jason (Tracy Lawrence) Sunday of Gretna; daughter, Tricia (Scott) Hanis of Humphrey; daughter, Angie (Matt) Gangwish of Bellwood; and son, Scott (Sarah) Sunday of Grand Island. He had nine grandchildren who were his whole world. His grandchildren include Jaxson Lawrence, Aleah Lawrence, Chloe Lawrence, Derek Hanis, Bret Hanis, Hannah Gangwish, Makenna Gangwish, Shaun Sunday and Abbigail Sunday; one great-granddaughter, Scarlett Lawrence; two sisters, Sally (Les) Olson and Gretchen Gallant; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Frances Sunday.

A funeral service was Dec. 28 with interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery at rural Bellwood. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be left for the family at


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