A memorial service will be held Thursday night for a Millard youth football coach who died in a fire at his Waterloo, Neb., home.
A gathering of family and friends of Daniel R. Reeg, 35, is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reichmuth Funeral Home, 21901 West Maple Road. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.
Investigators from the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office still are trying to determine the cause of the fire Saturday in Reeg’s one-story home, said Travis Harlow, chief of the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department.
Results of an autopsy conducted Sunday have not been released by the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.
Harlow said a neighbor noticed smoke coming from Reeg’s home near Third and Jefferson Streets about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The neighbor called 911. Firefighters quickly put out the remnants of the fire and located Reeg dead on a couch.
Harlow said Reeg was a quiet man who was well-liked in Waterloo. He spent much of his time volunteering as a youth football coach with the Millard North Junior Mustangs of the Greater Omaha Youth Football program.
"I don’t think he had a bad bone in his body," Harlow said. "He was an all-around good guy."
Chris Rabine, who coached with Reeg, said, "People are still having trouble believing this really happened." Rabine said Reeg had been with the youth program for eight years.
Reeg had a soft spot for offensive linemen and spent much of his energy working with those players, Rabine said. Reeg’s last meeting with the team came three weeks ago when he helped move equipment to a new storage facility.
"He was always there for the kids and was a mainstay of our organization," Rabine said. "He was always there when we needed help."
Reeg is survived by parents Robert and Debra Reeg of Bergman, Ark; sister, Melinda Kulhers of Hudson, S.D.; and brother, David Reeg of Minneapolis. The family suggests memorials to Greater Omaha Youth Football.