Donald Henry Stormberg, DDS’54, age 95, passed away in his home at Brighton Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife of 70 years by his side on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. He was born on June 20, 1924 in Potter, Nebraska, to Herbert and Marie (Colling) Stormberg.
Stormberg attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse near Potter. He graduated from Potter-Dix High School in 1942 and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he trained as a fighter pilot and served in World War II.
By June of 1944 he shipped overseas to India and Burma where he served with the 58th Pursuit Squadron (33rd Pursuit Group) “Red Gorillas.” Flying first in P-47 Thunderbolts and then, for the rest of the war in his beloved P-38 Lightning, Stormy Weather. Flying 87 combat missions with a final rank of first lieutenant, he received one of the Army Air Corps’ highest awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor.
Returning home from the war he enrolled in undergraduate studies at Creighton University. He graduated from Creighton’s undergraduate (BS) program in 1949 and then the Creighton University School of Dentistry as a pedodontist (DDS) in 1954. He went on to practice pediatric dentistry for the next 52 years, caring for thousands of children and generations of families in the Omaha community.
On Oct. 15, 1949, he married Rosalie Frances Loy of Dunlap, Iowa. Together, they had ten children — eight boys and two girls. As they reared their family, they were ardent supporters of their community, starting as a small family in Holy Cross Parish, then helping found and build the parish of St. Margaret Mary’s where they were parishioners for 70 years. They also supported Creighton Preparatory High School, Duchesne Academy, Creighton University and Creighton University School of Dentistry.
Stormberg taught at the Creighton University School of Dentistry in the pedodontics clinic for 43 years, all the while maintaining his own full-time practice. He also served as the pro-tem chair of pediatric dentistry for a number of years. Stormberg retired as an adjunct professor of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in 1999. He received Creighton University’s School of Dentistry’s Alumni Merit Award in 2002 and in 2008 was inducted into the Creighton University School of Dentistry as a Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Dentistry.
Stormberg also served as past president for the Omaha-Douglas County Board of Health, Omaha District Dental Society and Nebraska Dental Association.
He is survived by sister, Maxine Wilt; cherished wife of 70 years, Rosalie; sons, Mark (Amy), Scott, Jeff, Kent (Mary), Greg (Amber), Kurt (Susan), Paul (Alison), and Don (Paula); daughters, Becky (Greg) Zill and Jennifer (Joe) Preimesberger; former daughter in-law, Diane Glow Stormberg; 29 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Rudelle Stormberg, Shirley Loy and Kathryn Loy; many nieces and nephews. Memorial Mass of Joy, to be announced here in the upcoming weeks, tentatively planned for June 20, 2020 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 6116 Dodge St., Omaha, NE.
Even in death, Stormberg continues to serve Creighton University, having donated his body to the Creighton University School of Medicine to help teach another generation of students. Not surprisingly, his favorite biblical passage was, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” (Psalm 118:22)
The Stormberg family has requested all memoriam gifts to be directed to the Dr. Donald and Rosalie Stormberg Endowed Scholarship at Creighton University School of Dentistry. Memorial gifts can be made online or by mail at Creighton University PO BOX 30282 Omaha, NE. 68103-1382. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact PaulFindley [at] creighton [dot] edu (Paul Findley), senior director of development, at 402.280.1119.