Durword (D.W.) Duhachek, age 71, of Mission Hill, South Dakota, died on Friday, December 23, 2016 at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Friday, December 30, 2016 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Thursday, December 29 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a video tribute and time of sharing held at 7:00 PM. Burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Norfolk, Nebraska at a later date.
Durword (D.W.) Duhachek was born November 18, 1945 in Norfolk, NE to Ralph and Ethel (Tibbles) Duhachek. He was raised on a farm near Meadow Grove, NE and loved all aspects of farming, raising livestock, driving and tinkering with the machinery, and the carefree lifestyle of growing up on the farm. D.W. graduated from Newman Grove High School in Newman Grove, NE in 1965. He then went on to learn body work at Continental Body School in Denver, CO. As an adult, D.W. was involved in the transportation industry, starting with over the road driving then moving into brokerage and dispatch. He specialized in arranging and transporting excess federal property and was also very proud of his ability to engineer the movement of super loads of machinery and power boilers.
In 1981, D.W. met and married Nancy Kai, they combined their families consisting of his three children and her son and added an additional son. The family settled in the Yankton area, where D.W. not only was an outstanding father to his own children but was an outstanding example and mentor to many of his boys' friends as well. D.W. never met a stranger or a person he couldn't talk to. He was a man of many talents and diverse interests. He served on the Town Board of Mission Hill for 13 years and spent many of those years as President of the Board. He belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church, Antique Auto Association, Kiwanis, helped found Tri State Old Iron, was a member of the John Deere Three Cylinder Club and the Menno Power Show. In every organization he was involved in, D.W served in many capacities as President or a board member, always helping the organization grow and better serve the membership.
D.W. is survived by his wife, Nancy; three sons: Brandon (Jessica) Duhachek, Joe (Crystal) Duhachek and Eric Duhachek; daughter, Jackie White; six grandchildren: Kylie and Logan Duhachek, Madeline Duhachek, Shauna, Ashley, and Hailey White; sister, Miriam (Douglas) Taylor; mother-in-law, Marcella Kai; sister-in-law, Nedra (Jerry) Dickey; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Shawn Duhachek; parents, Ralph & Ethel Duhachek; sister and brother-in-law, Richard and Kae Anderson; and brother-in-law, Brad Kai.
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Nancy and family, may our heavenly Father wrap you in His arms of peace and comfort. We're saddened to hear of D.W.'s passing.
Our deepest condolences to all the family! He will truly be missed! Ben Wattier and I,(Patty Crockett), will treasure the great memories!
DW thank you for being such an inspiration to everyone that you were around thanks for helping me find the Kiwanis group in Yankton we will miss all your stories at our table live life time the fullest is my memory of you !! Miss you.
Peggy and Larry Olson
Sorry to hear of W's passing .. I always liked going to his auctions , and shared more than a couple beers with him over the years ..
Nancy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find comfort in knowing that D.W. is now in the arms of our Lord and Savior.
Mary Jo Stier
Our Thoughts and prayers to the Family. D.W. was an outstanding member to our association.
South Dakota Auctioneers Association
So sorry to hear of DW's passing. He was always a pleasure to be around and very positive about everything. Joe said he had spoke with him recently, of course it was about trucks. Our prayers and blessings go out to all of the family. He will be missed.
Nancy and family, Our sincere sympathy and prayers in the coming days.
Clark and Judy Gies
Prayers for comfort for you and your family, Nancy.
While I haven't talked to D.W. for a few years, I recall many great conversations with him at the SD Auctioneer's conventions. For whatever reason I recall sitting at breakfast with him at a convention our in Deadwood or Lead and he commented that he had been out driving around Lead, at sun-up; cruising through alleys checking things out. Always the "idea man" always optimistic. He will surely be missed!
Much love and prayers to your family!!!!
sorry to hear of DW passing Pat and I always enjoyed seeing him in our shop and around town good man he will be missed
Duane and Pat Kolda
So sad to hear of your loss, Nancy. I remember when D.W. and you came to our house in Piedmont to load up my files to take to Dianne D. I think he was surprised to see how much but loaded all with a smile. Prayers of comfort and peace for the days ahead.
Nancy, You and your family are in my prayers. May God keep you all in His loving care.
Nancy and family. I am sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort.
My condolences to your family .
Tess kuckleburg/mike guenther
Nancy, May God wrap his loving arms around yourself and D.W.'s and your family. Praying for you all.
Nancy and family. I am so sorry to hear of loosing D.W. My deepest sympathy for you. I feel like a part of me is missing since D.W. and I can no longer trade stories. (And they were all good true stories.) Like the night drive from Denver to Tilden. I was towing his '58 Chevy behind my '55 & I ran out of gas in the middle of Kansas. D.W. used the 58 to push us up to 100 then we coasted to 35 and did it again, or the time he rode on my shoulders (over 120 MPH) while I was weaving the white lines on Hiway 14 between Elgin & Neligh. There is more excitement I can't share.
I lost a great friend and I know your loss is greater still. My condolences.
So sorry for your Family in your loss. He was a GREAT guy and I'm sure he will be missed by many. He was a good friend of mine in high school. Sounds like he had a very full and interesting life with no regrets. Wishing you all peace and comfort.
Doris (Geilenkirchen) Loseke
So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you.
So sorry for your loss.I got to know D.W. as an employee at Cox Auto.He was an outstanding individual and a very giving person with a heart of gold.Thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.
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