Lendyl Duffield, of Chappell, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday evening, November 1, 2020 the day of his 99th birthday.
Meeting ID: 818 1892 0819
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Chappell United Methodist Church with Pastor Ceciliah Igweta officiating. Masonic Rites will be rendered by Masonic Lodge #286. Burial will follow in the Chappell Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army and the Chappell Legion.
Visitation will be held Friday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home in Chappell.
Memorials in Lendyl’s name can be made to Adopt-A-Dog Animal Rescue, the Chappell United Methodist Church, or the Chappell Senior Center.
Lendyl Duffield was born in Padroni, Colorado on November 1, 1921, the eldest of the 5 boys born to Alva G. and Margaret (Dickinson) Duffield. He attended high school in Sterling, Colorado and graduated in 1940. During and after high school graduation he was employed on a dairy near Merino, Colorado. At the beginning of WWII, he went to Washington state and worked in a sawmill. He was inducted into the Army at Fort Logan and completed his Basic Training at Fort McClellan. He served his time in Bermuda, a part of the European Theater. After his discharge, Lendyl moved to Chappell where his parents had moved during his absence. He was employed operating a filling station and farmed in Colorado. It was at this time when he met his bride-to-be, Musa Sudman, who enjoyed purchasing soft drinks at his station! They were married in 1948. Between 1949 and 1953, he farmed in the Chappell area. Their first child, a daughter, was born in 1950 and a second child, a son, was born in 1955.
In 1953, he began working for the Farmers Elevator Company delivering propane. He worked this job until he retired in 1986. He became more and more active in the civic organizations that he believed in so strongly. He and Musa also enjoyed Square Dancing, gardening, traveling with their RV and spent many winters in South Texas.
He has been a member of the Masons since 1966 and was Worshipful Master in 1972. Lendyl was also a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Patron with his daughter serving as Worthy Matron at the same time. Lendyl was a 50 year and Lifetime member of the Chappell Lion's Club, served as President twice and served as District Governor in 1988-89. He mixed up the pancakes at the Annual Lion Club's Election Day Pancake Feed for more years than anyone can remember for sure, and was famous among his family and friends for his delicious pancakes.
Lendyl was a long time member of the Chappell United Methodist Church and an active lifetime member of the VFW and was often seen putting flags up at the Chappell Cemetery and participating in the color guard. He was so proud that his Army Uniform still fit and he wore it with pride to the Creek Valley Veterans Day Programs.
Lendyl celebrated his 99th birthday and Heavenly Birthday on November 1, 2020.
Survivors include: Daughter, Julie Hornicek and husband Gary, of Chappell, Son, Tom and wife Terry, of Chappell. Seven proud granddaughters, Sarah (Danny) Whiting, Amy (Mike) Swanson, Hillery (Phillip Medina) Hornicek, Jennifer (Matt) Musgrave, Amanda (Jason) Deich, Lacy (Travis) Reimer, and Sonja (Jeff) Clyncke; and 21 great grandchildren - all of whom loved him very much. He is also survived by Brothers, Harold of California and Charlie and wife Mary of McCook, NE and sister-in-law Faith Heimbouch of Scottsbluff, NE, Nieces, Nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Musa, in 2014, Parents, Alva G. and Margaret G. Duffield, brothers Duane Duffield, William Duffield and wife Nona, and sister-in-law, Irene Duffield and a son-in-law, Walter Green.