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DuWayne C. Holtzen

February 17, 1934 ~ March 2, 2019 (age 85)

DuWayne C Holtzen of Davenport passed away on March 2, 2019, at the age of 85 years and 13 days.  DuWayne was born on February 17, 1934, on a farm south of Davenport, to Walter and Alice (Rodenburg) Holtzen.  He was the oldest of four sons.  DuWayne was baptized on March 9, 1934, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Davenport NE by Rev. L E Ernst.  He was confirmed in the Christian faith on June 27, 1948, also at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Davenport NE by Rev G G Stockamp.  DuWayne attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School through the 8th grade and then attended Davenport Public School.  He graduated as the class valedictorian in 1952.  Following graduation from Davenport, DuWayne attended Concordia College, Seward, for one year.  On April 28, 1955, he enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged on April 27, 1957.  In November 2018, DuWayne was honored to receive a Quilt of Valor. DuWayne was a lifelong farmer and always had time to help his dad and his brothers on the farm.  It was well known in the family that he had an internal GPS system since his rows were always so straight.  He could also be frequently found helping Marvin in the sheep barns doing whatever needed to be done.  Yes, this included the occasional trips to buy sheep in Missouri as well.  Harvest was his favorite time of the year and this past fall you could find him driving the grain carts and helping in the fields.  DuWayne was a very generous person and his harvest fields extended to the world mission fields where he touch many lives and furthered the spread  of the Gospel through his contributions to various missionaries and mission projects through the church.  He was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Davenport NE and served in various offices throughout his life. DuWayne was a faithful follower of his nieces and nephews many activities and continued this down to the great nieces and nephews.  You could find him cheering on many of the area teams in all sports and also at the livestock shows at the various county fairs.  He put on many miles to attend the various high school and college games.  DuWayne always had a story to share and his laughter and smile will never be forgotten. DuWayne is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Elsie Holtzen. He is survived by brothers Marvin Holtzen, Davenport NE; Lloyd (Marilyn) Holtzen, Davenport NE; and Don (Bev) Holtzen, Davenport NE.  Nieces and nephews Lori (Terry) Bauer, Oak NE; Judy (Rod) Tegtmeier, Davenport, NE; Regina (Gary) Anderson, Hastings, NE; Doug (Kathy) Holtzen, Davenport, NE; Joni (Chad) Karcher, Geneva, NE; Charlotte (Bryce) Kleen, Lincoln, NE; Mark (Tricia) Holtzen, Davenport, NE; and Michael Holtzen, Bellevue.  Great nieces and nephews Tyson (Jill) Bauer, Deshler, NE; Alesia Bauer, Superior, NE; Terron (Brook) Bauer, Superior, NE; Nicole Tegtmeier, Seward, NE; Ryan Tegtmeier, Blue Hill, NE; Natalie Tegtmeier, Lubbock, TX; Riley Tegtmeier, Seward, NE; Alexis Anderson and fiancé Jake Brooks, Plattsmouth, NE; Gracie Anderson, Hastings, NE; Brett Holtzen, Lincoln, NE; Jennifer Holtzen, Davenport, NE; Kyle Karcher, Grand River, IA; Kurt Karcher, Lincoln, NE; Kole Karcher, Lincoln, NE; Brandon Kleen, Lincoln, NE; Ethan Kleen, Lincoln, NE; Cole Kleen, Lincoln, NE; Wyatt Holtzen, Davenport, NE; Grady Holtzen, Davenport, NE;  Scarlett Holtzen, Davenport, NE.  Great-great nieces and nephews Jaden Siegle, Manhattan, KS; Payton, Tanner, and Brynn Bauer, Deshler, NE; Liam and Baby Bauer, Superior, NE and Kinsley Brooks, Plattsmouth, NE.  Along with a host of additional family and friends.

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