Donald Jay Watts

September 1, 1943 ~ January 12, 2022 (age 78)


Donald Jay Watts

Donald Jay Watts, age 78, of Clarks, Nebraska, passed away January 12, 2022 at Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorial services will be held Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Osceola with Pastor Teri Lucas officiating with Military Rites by Osceola Legion Post #91. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the church. Musical selections will be “Scars In Heaven”, “On Eagle’s Wings”, “Jealous of the Angels”, “Five More Minutes”, and “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” Taps by Sierra Harrison and Kurt Harrison. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

Don was born September 1,1943 in Osceola to Edward Earl and Neola Jillian (Wisely) Watts. He attended country school north of Osceola and when his parents built a house in Osceola he began attending Osceola schools graduating in 1961. He served in the United States Navy from January 27, 1963 to May 16, 1965. He returned to Osceola and began farming with his dad and brother north of Osceola.

On March 7, 1970 he was united in marriage to Joy Jonelle Smith at the Osceola Methodist Church. To this union two sons were born. The family lived south of Osceola for three years then moved to the farm east of Osceola where they lived until moving to Clarks in February of 2000. Don continued farming with his sons. In the early 2000’s he began working for Overland Sand and Gravel as a dozer operator which he did for 10 years until retiring.

He was a member of the Osceola American Legion, a Charter Member of Ryan Hill Country Club and Osceola First United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed fishing, golfing, attending his boys and grandchildrens events.

Survivors include his wife Joy of Clarks; sons Chris (Shari) Watts and Corey Watts, of Osceola; six grandchildren: Sierra Harrison, Aspyn Harrison, Danica Watts, all of Osceola, Brady Potthoff (Derek Erb-Woods) of Omaha, Clayton Watts and Ceagen Watts both of Osceola; brother Dick Watts of Burwell; sister Dottie (Bob) Vrbka of Leshara; sister-in-law Sharon Watts of Osceola; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law Edward and Merridel Watts, brother Raymond Watts and sister-in-law Delores Watts.

Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.

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January 16, 2022

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First United Methodist Church (Osceola)

Funeral Service
January 17, 2022

10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church (Osceola)

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