Duane F. Ahlers, 77, of Rosalie, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender, NE. Funeral services will be Friday, August 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rosalie, NE with Pastor Robert Johnson officiating. The visitation will be Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will be in the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.
Duane was born March 9, 1939 to Alfred and Mable (Soll) Ahlers on a farm north of Walthill. He was baptized April 16, 1939 and confirmed June 6, 1954 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rosalie. In May of 1957, Duane graduated from Rosalie High School. After high school, Duane enrolled in the Marine Corps and was stationed in Parris Island, SC. After returning from the service, Duane married Norma Kinning on June 7, 1964. The couple had two children, Jeffrey and Jami.
Duane farmed from 1961 until 1994, and worked at Blue Ox from 1994 until 2007. He was a member of the VFW, mayor and Rosalie Town Board member, Immanuel Lutheran Church Board, Rural Fire Board, Old Settlers Committee, Rosalie Fire Department, Rosalie Rescue Squad, and was a former Mason. Duane loved playing cards, learning everything he could about NASA, and watching Bizarre Foods, saying he could see the world without leaving his chair.
Duane is survived by his son, Jeffrey Ahlers of Sioux City, IA; daughter, Jami (Richard) Mohl of Bancroft, NE and grandsons, Stuart Mohl of Thornton, CO and Ryley Mohl of Bancroft, NE; companion, Carmen Russman of Rosalie, NE; sister, Carol (Mylon) Beutler of Bancroft, NE; brother, Larry (Diane) Ahlers of Rosalie, NE, Dennis (Betsy) Ahlers of Burnsville, MN, Gary (Naomi) Ahlers of Lincoln, NE; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by Carmen’s family; Scott (Rhonda) Russman of Farnam, NE, Terri (Todd) Alberts of St. Paul, NE, Mark Russman of Wisner, NE, Mike (Melinda) Russman of Farnam, NE, Tyler (Teresa Block) Russman of Davison, MI, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and Carmen’s daughter-in-law, Shelly Russman.