A Memorial Service for Duane Edward Dufek, age 69, of Norfolk, will be Saturday, October 23, 2021, 12:00 PM, at Westridge United Methodist Church, 2000 W. Norfolk Avenue, Norfolk. The Reverend Claire Gager will be officiating. Visitation will be 10:30 AM until the time of the service. Inurnment will be at Union Cemetery in Battle Creek.
He died Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Duane Edward Dufek was born on January 22, 1952 in Plainview, Nebraska to Edward and Carmen (Kemnitz) Dufek of Verdigre. Duane was baptized and confirmed at St. Wencelaus Catholic Church in Verdigre. He grew up on the family farm east of Verdigre and attended country school 3 miles east of Verdigre. Duane then attended Verdigre Public School, graduating in the Class of 1970.
He enjoyed being in FFA throughout his years in high school and loved showing his cattle. After high school, he continued his interest in cattle including raising Beefalo. Later he worked at various jobs in Yankton, Plainview, and Norfolk.
Duane married Rita Bade on September 16, 2018 in Battle Creek. He was a member of the Battle Creek Lions Club, helping with many events. Duane loved his dog Sparkie and their cats Annabelle and Sofia. Duane and Rita enjoyed playing cards with friends. They had fun working on their projects together. Duane loved growing a big garden and sharing his produce with friends and neighbors.
Duane is survived by his wife, mother Carmen Dufek, brothers Dwight (Nancy) Dufek and Neal (Anne) Dufek, sister Mary Ann (Mark) Snelson, sister-in-law Louise (Wyatt) Bade-Drew, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, maternal and paternal grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Casual attire is welcomed. Face masks are encouraged.
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