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Lory ‘Dan’ Nieshe Memorial
Lory ‘Dan’ Nieshe Memorial

Lory ‘Dan’ Nieshe

Lory ‘Dan’ Nieshe

Sunday, February 26th, 2023

Lory Daniel (Dan) Nieshe, 42, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at his home in Edmonds, WA. He was born on December 10, 1980 in Sedro-Woolley, WA, the son to Lory B. Nieshe and Peggy Wake (Watts).

Dan was born in Sedro-Woolley, Wa, where he spent his childhood. He married Jennifer Past in 2001. They met in his sophomore year of high school and welcomed their first child, Athena Gabrielle Nieshe, in 1999. After high school he worked on the rigging crew at LB&R logging company. Dan followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the army in 2000. He became a member of the elite 82nd Airborne unit 2/75 Ranger Battalion. In 2003, his second child, Odin Draigh Nieshe, was born. Dan and his family then moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to pursue his dream of becoming a Green Beret. In 2005 Dan and Jennifer welcomed their third child, Bacchus Mage Nieshe. After serving two tours in Afghanistan, he began to train in the Psychological Operations unit of the Army. After a few years, Dan shared his fourth child, Aleister Green Nieshe, with Elizabeth Frey in North Carolina in 2009. Dan continued his quest for understanding the human condition after leaving the army and received his degree in psychology from Methodist University in 2014. Shortly after he moved back home to Washington and worked as an addiction counselor in the Bothell area.

Lory Daniel Nieshe was a devoted father and a loyal friend to many. He loved reading, some of his favorites were Dune and the writings of Aleister Crowley and his own great uncle, Friedrich Nietzsche. He enjoyed hiking the North Cascade Mountains with friends and family, playing his bongo drum, and writing in his journals. Dan also had a passion for Jujitsu where he received his black belt and became an instructor. Dan was fierce in his beliefs and loving with his visions. He served his country out of love for his friends and family. Lory Daniel Nieshe will be missed.

Dan is survived by his daughter, Athena Nieshe; sons, Odin Nieshe, Bacchus Nieshe, and Aleister Nieshe; sisters, Scarlett Fierro, Taylor Wake; brother, Kyler Wake; nieces, Bella, Natalee; nephews, Andrew, Aiden, Adrian, Colter, Steve Nieshe and Carl Clark.

He is preceded in death by his father, Lory Nieshe; mother, Peggy Watts; brother, Steve Nieshe; sister, Linda Nieshe; numerous aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00, Monday, March 6, 2023 at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Dan and sign the online guest register.


  • Cora Thomas

    I only got to spend a few brief moments with Dan…I feel thankful…in those moments I understood what he truly meant to his friends…his heart and soul shined bright…a light that will never dim…may you find peace, Dan. Thank you for the laughs and for your kindness…

  • Mike Splain

    There will never be another Dan Nieshe. You lived life to the fullest, you lived it on your terms, you inspired everyone who ever knew you. I love you bro.

  • April

    Dan ,
    You accomplished so much.
    The last time I saw you a decade ago you walked in shirtless & ready for our day floating the S. Fork. Great times every time even when we were in detention.
    See you later. Thanks for your kids! They‘re the future.

  • Claire Senn

    Granger and I are so blessed to have had such a humble and special person in our lives. We may not have seen each other as much as we have liked to, but you always made it a priority to check in on us often, and that meant so much. You always provided strength and kind words.

    Rest in peace Dan, you will be dearly missed.

  • Adam Lafayette

    Dan, I’m thankful for every moment we explored the world together…besides the wrestling matches. I don’t know where to begin…amazing father, loyal friend, ears that understood and eyes that inspired. And because of the grace that was the life you lived, there is no end. Somehow you’re the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other.

  • Nathen Splain

    Dan you were a hero to me. Every time you came to my dads house to visit you lit the whole place up with smiles and laughs, im thankful for the memories i have. We’re all gonna miss you

  • Chana Felix

    Dan, I’m gonna miss our talks about music and life. You always pushed me to become the best person and soldier I could be. You gave Ft. Bragg hell and let them know that you were rocking out on your own terms. I’m gonna miss my friend. Forever Badass!!

  • Amarayah Roff

    What can I say? You already know you’re a stud. You always bring a smile to my face (ok, a smirk) whenever I think about you. You weren’t shy when you made your mark on this world, you lived wholly and purposely every day. I love you friend.

    PS This Fridays complaint line is dedicated to you!

  • Robert Lahr

    Dan. Warrior…. always a blast to hangout with. A true solid guy. You will be missed by me and the many you have known. RIP my friend.

  • Barbie Johnson

    last time I seen you I thought you looked great. I am sorry to see you passed. you definitely cheated death many times. I thought you would out smart it for longer. I will miss our visits at the keg!! you always brightened my day. nothing but smiles everytime you walked in the room. miss you buddy. cheers until we meet again.

  • Matt Newman

    I’ll miss him he was one of the best person I ever met, he was more like my brother than cousin.

  • Yedda

    Dan you were always one of my favorite people to talk with, it’s been a while, but you will forever be in my heart! There is no family like concrete family! We may all be in different walks of life with distance, but one thing about concrete we all share a bond we can take with us into eternity! Love you brother!

  • Beau Anderson

    Dan and I met in the 3rd grade and we’re Brothers for the past 34 years.every good memory that I possess has Dan in it.the world is darker now that he is gone.no one could/can/will compare to Dan from his care free attitude to his loyalty to his family and friends or his trademark grin on his face.
    A part of me dies with him but I know he is in a better place.I love you brother.till then.

  • Jess Gunnoe

    Oh brother, you are so incredibly loved and will truly be so, so missed. see you on thr flip side love ❤️

  • Kate

    I love you, Dan. The pic of you in HI is the best. You look so happy. That’s the Dan I’ll remember. Miss you.

  • Bill Smith

    I met Dan in 2016 when he applied to join my lodge. He quickly became a good friend of mine. We bug out almost every week until he moved back to Washington. Even then we kept in contact. He looked like a bruiser, but had a giant heart of gold. The world was a better place because Dan was in it. I’ll miss our conversations. Dan was always an adventurer, and he’s on the greatest adventure of all. Until we meat agin.

  • Jenni

    Even looking at your obituary, none of this seems real. I never imagined you taken so soon, guess the creator had a different plan. I am truly thankful and blessed that, we had the opportunity to have 3 amazing children, who carry the greatness of each of us. We will miss you, until we meet again.