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Duane E. Fritz

November 5, 1941 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 80)


Ayr resident Duane E. Fritz, 80, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022, at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral service is 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 13, 2022, at All Saints Chapel in Good Samaritan Society Hastings, Nebraska. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at DeWitt Funeral Home in Hastings, Nebraska.

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Duane was born November 5, 1941, in Alexandria, Minnesota, the son of Edwin and Carolyn (Bast) Fritz. He moved to Hastings with his family in 1945. Duane graduated from Hastings High School with the class of 1959 and served in the Army National Guard. He married Diane Oxley at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Hastings, Nebraska on November 25, 1961. Duane worked for Tops, Hastings Casket Company, McRoberts, and Hastings Irrigation Company from where he retired in 2007. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Ayr Fire Department from 1977 to 1991. Duane enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing with his friend Mark Crouse, hunting and fishing, and floating in a john boat on the Republican River with his brother-in-law and best-friend Dick. He especially liked attending his grandchildren sporting events.

Duane is survived by his wife of 60 years, Diane Fritz of Ayr, NE; children, Becki (Vince) Harris of Hartwell, NE, Deb (Randy) Loudon of Hastings, NE, Sandra (Bruce) Ockinga, Marcie Fritz all of Ayr, NE, Julia (JR) Wessel of Seward, NE; grandchildren, Matt (Megan) Ockinga, Shane Hartford, Trent (Heather) Ockinga, Ashley (Brandon) Mills, Aaron (Brookelyn) Wessel, Ty Ockinga, Trace Ockinga, and TJ Ockinga; great-grandchildren, Krae Ockinga, Ellie Mangers, Brexton Ockinga, Brodrick Ockinga, Emersyn Ockinga, and Mae Ockinga; along with his sister, Marcene (Doug) Moger of Temple, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Dustin Hartford, and sister, Dorothy Fritz.

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January 12, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
DeWitt Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1247 North Burlington Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901

Funeral Service
January 13, 2022

11:00 AM
Good Samaritan Society Hastings (Nebraska)

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