October 30, 2021

Sonya M. Dakan

Sonya Dakan age 72 of LIncoln passed away October 27, 2021.  She was born August 23, 1949 in Hope, Kansas to Bryan and Anne (Forst) Gravatt.  Growing up Sonya loved her horses, especially her horse Daisy Mae. She spent many hours riding and tending to her horses, and went on to be elected Queen of the Saddle club where she participated in several events and parades.

After graduating from Hope High School in 1967, she moved to Kansas City to attend a business college for computers. She also worked at Sears, Hallmark Cards, and was an office manager for an insurance company. Her work experience was the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. One of her biggest accomplishments in Kansas City was in 1969 at 19 years of age. She was the only female drag racer at the Kansas City International Raceway, racing her 1969 Camaro.  There she went on to become the 1969 Eliminator Champion.

Her work experience and love for adventure took her to many places throughout her life including Topeka, Wichita, Colorado, Hawaii, and eventually Nebraska.

On October 14th, 1978 she married Richard Weaver and moved to Lupton, Colorado. In 1979 they had a son, Nick Weaver. They spent time in Colorado but eventually relocated to Nebraska.

On December 31st, 1987 Sonya married Danny Dakan in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1989 their daughter Jeannie was born.

Sonya worked at the Centel Corporation where she was the network manager for many years. After her job there she worked as a caretaker and later worked in the housing industry managing final inspections, utilizing her sense of perfectionism and eye for detail.

One of her biggest hobbies later in life was her sewing ministry, Daystar Creations where she was able to bless little girls with a beautiful dress and a doll to match. Many of her creations were sent overseas. She also designed costumes, formal dresses, tuxedos, and other various pieces using her sewing talents.

Sonya had a love for muscle cars, owning seven Camaros. Her favorite was her 1996 Z28 SS Limited Edition Number 803, she called Rikki. In 2013 she acquired her first Hemi Dodge Challenger. In 2015 she was able to special order one of only 2000 Dodge Challenger Hellcats.

Sonya felt her greatest achievement in life was being a mother to her two children, and later becoming a grandmother to her three grandchildren. She often described her love for them as “loving them more than life itself”.

Sonya was very passionate about her Faith. Her love for Jesus constantly shone through her with her generous and compassionate personality. She had a big heart both for people and animals and never knew a stranger. She will be missed by all who were blessed to know her.

She is survived by her husband Danny Dakan, son and daughter-in-law Nicholas and Casey Weaver, daughter and son-in-law Jeannie and Isaac Worrell all of Lincoln.  Grandchildren Aysha Alexander, Noah Worrell and Kinsley Worrell.  Sisters and brothers-in-law Priscilla and Michael Riat of Edmond, Oklahoma, Linda and David Struble of Salina, Kansas.  Sister-in-law Norma Gravatt of Solomon, Kansas.  Sonya was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Bryan Gravatt.

Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until service time on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Memorials to The People’s City Mission or The Monarch.



  1. I don’t know what to say except I’ve missed you and love you.

    We will meet again.

    Rest in Peace.

  2. So sorry for your loss, you and your family are In our prayers

  3. So sorry to hear of your wife’s passing . Thoughts and Prayers. May God Bless your family at this time of sorrow.

  4. Years ago I was honored to meet Sonya when her husband Danny asked me to be part of a band called Consuming Fire, (and later renamed the Church House Blues Band)…anyway Sonya and I shared the same birthday (one can never forget that). I remember when Danny shared about Sonya’s racing exploits, and having two different branches of my family into stock car racing I was quite fascinated. I’ll always remember her smile and tolerance of my, at times, obnoxious behavior, (it’s just how drummers are 🤭). My deepest condolences to all her family and friends…especially my brother in Christ, Danny. Peace out…

  5. Danny, we go back many years to 12th and D Streets, Glad Tidings Church. Joyce and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. Love ya forever brother.


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