Funeral services for Duane Stelling, age 88, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2018, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Jacob Bobby will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska.
Duane died Monday, March 26, 2018, at his residence.
Duane Gordon Stelling, son of Chris and Erna (Eggen) Stelling, was born March 7, 1930, in Orchard, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Orchard. Duane attended and graduated from Orchard High School in 1947.
On August 14, 1949, Duane was united in marriage to Violet Auman. They were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. God blessed this family with two sons, Timothy and Mark. Duane and Violet were blessed to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in 1999.
After farming in the Orchard community, Duane and Violet moved their family to Bloomfield where they operated a successful dairy operation and cattle farm. Dairy was in Duane’s blood. In 1950, a year after they were married, Duane and Violet established their dairy herd with the purchase of three bred Holstein heifers from Wisconsin. One of his proudest accomplishments was being named by the Nebraska Dairyman’s Association as recipient of its state distinguished dairyman award in 1982. Following the dispersal of the dairy cows in 2000, Duane continued to farm and feed cattle, participating in the daily operation until his health prevented him.
Duane served on the Harrison Township Board and Nebraska Dairy Association. He used his God given talents to the glory of God and was actively involved in his church, serving on various committees at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield.
Duane departed this life on Monday, March 26, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Erna; sister, LaVonne in childhood; wife, Violet in 2011; and sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Karen Schwager.
Left to cherish Duane’s memory are his sons, Timothy and his wife Linda of Osakis, Minnesota and Mark and his wife Karen of Bloomfield, Nebraska; grandchildren, Eric and Deb Stelling and Nathan and Shirley Stelling, all of Osakis, Stacy Hlatky of Long Prairie, Minnesota, and Nick and Beth Stelling and Eric and Julie Ketelsen, all of Bloomfield; great-grandchildren, Amber and Payton Hlatky, Austin Stelling, Grant Stelling, Piper, Parker, and Padden Stelling, and Raegan, Kenna, And Lainey Ketelsen; brothers, Lee (Neoma) Stelling of Orchard and Ken (Darlene) Stelling of Plainview; sister, Saundra (Walter) Biermann of Wisner, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.