Duane Kahl left his earthly family on February 2 after an extended illness at Bellevue, NE where he and his wife had moved in November.
Celebrations of his life will be held in St. Patrick’s Church in Sidney on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00 P.M. for the Rosary and on Thursday, February 9th at 10:30 A.M. for the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery immediately after the service.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Wednesday in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the family present.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Church or King’s Daughters of Sidney, PO Box 823. Also Cards and condolences may be sent to the family at 1502 Fort Crook Rd. S. Apt 248, Bellevue NE 68005.
Duane was born on a farm north of Big Springs, NE on May 22, 1929 to Nina Marie Pocock and Leland William (Dick) Kahl - the second of three sons. They moved to Big Springs after his mother’s death in 1930. The family moved to Sidney in 1935 where LW purchased the Minneapolis-Moline Dealership. Duane was educated in Sidney from grade school through high school, graduating in 1947. In 1951 he was drafted into the Marines. He received basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA and then to advanced training driving D.U.C.K.S at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He deployed to South Korea, where he served for 18 months until the conflict ended. There he received his promotion to Sergeant. In 1954 he returned to Sidney where he married his wife, Kathleen McIntosh, on August 23rd . They moved to the farm south-east of Sidney the next year and raised their nine children, living there for 61 years until illness forced them to move to assisted living in Bellevue. Duane and his brothers farmed in four counties in NE and CO. Duane retired when he was 70 so he and his wife could travel, they especially enjoyed their trip to Europe visiting England, France and Scotland.
Duane was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Elks Club. He served as an usher for St. Patrick’s Church for many years, the Educational Service Board for 25 years and the Cheyenne County Fair Board for six years. His pastimes were wood working and attending auctions, where he added to his collections of coins, arrow heads and wood planes. Most important to him, however, was the 1948 F1 Ford pickup he had restored and the 1949 Ford pickup, which he restored himself. He seldom missed watching a Cornhusker or Bronco game.
Duane is survived by his wife Kathleen; children William, Stan, Kathy, Duane Edward, Charles (Cheryl) ,Thomas (Danielle) and Julie (Erik) Williams, son-in- law Tim Buras; 11 grandchildren, Karri (Scott), Daniel (Beth), Kevin, Sarah(Nate), Gretchen, Morgan, Benjamin, Ava, Ethan, Maura and Sidney; and six great grandchildren, Claire, Quinn, Jack, Ily Ann, Hadley, and Sophia. He is also survived by his brother, Elvin.
Duane now joins his heavenly family, his parents L.W. (Dick) and Nina, his brother Donald, his daughter Jana Buras, son Stephen and daughter-in-law Tonya.