Duane C. Williams

OMAHA, NEB. – Services for Duane C. Williams, 75, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Holstein, will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021, at  St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein. The Rev. Bob Lewis will officiate.

Burial will be in the Holstein Cemetery at Holstein. Military rites will be by American Legion Dessel-Schmidt Post #225 from Holstein. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein is in charge of arrangements.

Duane diedFeb. 14, 2021, at Bellevue Medical Center in Bellevue, Neb.

He died from congestive heart failure. He had both COVID-19 vaccination shots and was looking forward to coming to visit Holstein.

Duane Carl Williams was born Feb. 17, 1945, in Holstein to Jess and Minnie (Kay) Williams. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein.

“Willy,” as he was known at Holstein High School, graduated in 1964. He participated in Black Pirate football as #25 and team captain.

Willy was a state qualifier in the 880-yard run and two-mile relay team. He enjoyed singing in the vocal department concert choir, boys’ glee club and Madrigal A.

Following graduation, he went to Omaha to join B7 Goodrich group. In 1966, Duane joined the U.S. Air Force; he served in Vietnam and was sent to Germany Jan. 11, 1976.

He joined the Army Reserve National Guard in Omaha April 14, 1974, and served until April 13, 1997.

Duane married Becky Niedeken Feb. 17, 1968, at the Air Force Base chapel in Laughlin, Texas. Three children were born to this union: Larry, Jim and Misty.

In 1971, Duane and his family moved from Texas to Oklahoma. They then moved to Sioux City, where he was employed by B7 Goodrich. Later, they moved to Omaha, Neb., where he was a service manager for Clark Company.

Duane was a true Nebraska Cornhusker fan, especially football. He also enjoyed stock car racing and collecting coins.

He was recognized for his volunteer work at the Norfolk Veterans Home and Eastern Aging Veterans Home in Omaha.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include two children: Misty (Tim) Kadel of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Larry of California; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one on the way.

Also surviving are two sisters: Janith Glawe of Holstein and Judy Williams of Omaha, Neb., and their families; two aunts; an uncle; and many cousins.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jimmy; his grandparents, Carl and Paula Kay; two sisters, Edith and Diane; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Glawe.

Duane’s family wants to thank relatives and friends through the years for all the memories, especially the Eastern Aging Vet Home, which provided him with excellent care and comfort.