Duane Duba

Duane Duba


April 30, 1937 - August 26, 2023


Duane Duba, 86, of Mitchell, formerly of Ethan, SD, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, August 31, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM at the church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Duane Dennis Duba was born April 30, 1937 at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, SD to William and Alice (Manon) Duba. Duane attended a one-room country school, Tobin #11, for all eight grades. He graduated from Ethan High School in 1955.

Duane married his high school sweetheart, Pearl Hofer, on June 12, 1955, at the Hutterthal Mennonite Church in rural Freeman, SD. Duane and Pearl were married for 68 years and had three children, Florence, Wanda, and David. Duane and Pearl started farming with his dad and took over the farm in 1962. They farmed for 40 years, raising corn, oats, soybeans, alfalfa, hogs, and fed cattle.

Duane served on several boards and committees including: Pork Producers for County and State, Sanborn Telephone Co-op, Ethan All School Reunion, and was a long-time member of Mitchell Toastmasters. Duane enjoyed woodworking, building cedar chests for all his grandchildren and gun cabinets for his grandsons. He was also a great follower of the Bridgewater Emery Ethan Seahawks Football team and all the Ethan sporting events.

Duane is survived by his wife, Pearl of Mitchell; daughters, Florence Erpenbach of Ethan and Wanda (Mark) Belitz of Mt. Vernon; son, David (Vicki Connor) of Ethan; 11 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marlis Kapfenstein of Lanark, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Joseph and Justina Hofer; and son-in-law, Glen Erpenbach.


Wednesday, August 30, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, August 31, 2023
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Hillcrest Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Brad. & Jo Ann Moe on September 13, 2023
Pearl & family, so sorry for your loss, Duane was a friend to all he met. Never saw him w/out a smile on his face. Blessings to your family.
Posted by Brad. & Jo Ann Moe on September 13, 2023
Pearl & family, so sorry for your loss, Duane was a friend to all he met. Never saw him w/out a smile on his face. Blessings to your family.
Posted by Howard Paul on September 6, 2023
So very sorry for your loss. Duane was a very special person and he will be remembered for his many accomplishments and his very special personality
Posted by Melissa Puepke on September 5, 2023
So Sorry for your loss, Hugs to you Florence and family.
Posted by Don Hill on September 5, 2023
The man with a permanent smile! All the softball games,family card parties,were highlighted by that smile. So sorry for your loss.I miss you all!
Posted by Jackie n Bev Robinson Sun City Arizona on September 3, 2023
Sorry for your loss Pearl n Dave. Had some good times down at the old Elks n lots of fun fast pitch softball games. Stoped in our store when he worked for the city. Lot's of old stories we're told he will be missed. God Bless n my he rest in peace.
Posted by Sandy Murray on September 2, 2023
Was so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing! Prayers to you Pearl and family! We had some good times at the Elks!! I ran into him at Christmas time and got the biggest hug! He was special! ❤️✝️
Posted by Vilas and Jane Schoenfelder on September 2, 2023
Pearl Florence Wanda David, very sorry to hear about your husband and dad’s passing. Have many fond memories of lots of softball games against Duane and his brother in laws and nephews, always competitive and always fun. He was loyal to his family and his community and that will be missed by many. I hope he hits a home run in heaven but not off me for a while yet! Rest in peace Duane!
Posted by The Neuroth's from. the Zesto on September 1, 2023
We all have very fond memories of Duane and the family. He took us to Lake Mitchell to water sky and went to the farm to snow mobile. He came to the Zesto and came in back door like. Family. We have many more fond memories of Duane . He was loved by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Rose Andersen on August 31, 2023
Thoughts and prayers are with Pearl and family. Treasure the memories.
Posted by Berniece Zangle Mayer on August 31, 2023
Our families go back a long ways--neighbors and friends. He lived a busy good life and will be missed. My sympathy to his wife Pearl and Sister Marlis.
Posted by Cam Lind on August 30, 2023
Duane was a longtime friend and I enjoyed the time we spent together. RIP Duane, Cam Lind
Posted by Janelle Pederson on August 30, 2023
Rest in Peace Uncle Duane. One of my favorite memories was going to Lake Mitchell on Sunday afternoons after church. Uncle Duane was always so willing to help teach us all how to waterski.
Posted by Brenda (Hofer) McCallan on August 30, 2023
Us cousins had a whole set of 2nd parents with our aunts and uncles. I cherished all the time I spent with Duane and Pearl on the farm. If they'd let me, I'd stay for 2 weeks at a time! I bet Joe, Alvin, my dad and Duane are talking farming up in heaven! Rest in Peace Duane. Love and Hugs to the Duba family especially Flo, Wanda and Dave.
Posted by Dwain Finkenbiner on August 30, 2023
Sorry to hear of Duane"s passing. May he rest in peace. Extending sympathy to Pearl and the Duba family. Duane and I go way back to our high school days with lots of good memories.
Posted by Louise Metz on August 30, 2023
Liked our visits.
Posted by Louise metz on August 30, 2023
Always enjoyed busting with him and peafl. God bless!

Posted by Brenda Spier on August 30, 2023
Sorry for your loss and prayers for the Duba family!
Posted by Bob and Jeannie Schoenfelder and family on August 30, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Duba family.
Posted by Mike Dailey on August 30, 2023
Sorry for your loss! Duane was a great person, friendly with everyone he met. Prayers for all of the Duane Duba family!
Posted by Judy Miiller on August 30, 2023
My deepest sympathies to the Duba family!
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on August 30, 2023
We send our condolences to the Duane Duba family. Your parents were at many dances and card games with my Aunt & Uncle, Bill & Margaret Pierson. We so enjoyed Duane's humor, and his big wide smile. Prayers coming your way to get you through these difficult days.
Posted by Lisa and Bill Marhis on August 29, 2023
Duane was such a great guy that really cared about the world. He wanted to make a difference and he did! He will be missed. Hugs and prayers to the family!🙏🙏❤️❤️
Posted by Dan and Pat Sudbeck on August 29, 2023
Our sympathy and prayers for you.
Posted by Tom & Lori Oster on August 29, 2023
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Duane was a true champion of all things Ethan. Thoughts and prayers for Florence, Wanda, and Dave and the entire family.
Posted by Doug & Janice Johnson on August 29, 2023
Thoughts and prayers to the Duba family!
Posted by Santel Communications on August 29, 2023
Our condolences to Pearl and the Duba family. Duane served for many years on our cooperative's board of directors and was known across several states for being a staunch ag community & cooperative supporter. He served our cooperative well, and a good man. Thinking of you all.
Posted by Steve & Sheryl McClure and family on August 29, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to Pearl and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Posted by Fran Schoenfelder on August 29, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Duba family. Duane never wavered from sharing memories and accomplishments of family, neighbors and friends. His enthusiasm and encouragement to make the best better was always a significant part of his life.
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on August 29, 2023
Sorry to hear about Duane Rest in Peace my friend
Posted by Vi Ann La Baron on August 29, 2023
My love, hugs & prayers to Pearl & family. Miles betweeen us didn’t allow much interaction unfortunately; but I know he was so supportive in attending Hofer (Pearl’s family) functions. Pearl & Daddy were cousins. Reading all of these heartfelt comments is heartwarming of his influence on so many people. Heaven’s gain.
Posted by Gary Duba on August 29, 2023
It was sad to hear of his passing.Growing up he was always my favorite. I will never forget that infectious smile and his flat top hair. Was glad to have visited him not long ago with my cousin Greg an Renee. He will be missed. Rest in peace Duane.
Posted by Frank Kloucek on August 29, 2023
Duane was a legend in the pork industry. He stood up for independent family farm pork producers for many many years and was a strong advocate for pork producers.
Posted by Greg Lee on August 29, 2023
Duane was my only biological uncle who I didn't get to meet until I was 40yrs old. He accepted me, no question. He is one of the kindest men I will ever know. I always got a kick out of him at HS sporting events. His stats of all his grandkids was impressive. I will miss our meals at Culver's together talking politics. A great person was gained in Heaven. Until we meet again. Love ya Uncle Duane...
Posted by Althea Hofer on August 29, 2023
Rest in peace Uncle Duane. So many memories spending one week each summer on the Duba farm, softball games where whole team was family and afterwards Zesto or A&W Family was so important to him.
Posted by Wayne and Carol Carstens on August 29, 2023
Duane was a kind and caring man! I worked with him and he was fun to be around! God Bless his family!!
Posted by Cindy fuerst on August 29, 2023
My deepest sympathy to the family
Posted by LuAnn Hofer on August 28, 2023
My thoughts & prayers are with you Pearl and you family.
May the Heavenly Fathers arms surround you in the days ahead.
Posted by Scott and Linda Pattison on August 28, 2023
Sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers go out to the family.
Posted by Roger&Sandra (Mandel) Smith on August 28, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to the Duba family
Posted by Roy Sonne on August 28, 2023
My sympathies and condolences to pearl and family. Dwayne will be truly missed. He always had a kind word for everyone no matter where he saw you, I will miss the old guy.
Posted by Mary Freeman on August 28, 2023
My sympathies to the Duba family. Duane made a huge difference in the Ethan community. He was always there to help in anything that needed to be done. RIP Duane
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on August 28, 2023
Pearl, Florence, Wanda, Dave and families.
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Duane. Hard to imagine him not at any Ethan events anymore. We pray God will keep you all in His care, today and the difficult days, too come. Rest In Peace Duane.
Posted by Kelly Tobin on August 28, 2023
So sorry to hear about Duane passing. I had the pleasure of working with him on many Ethan events and gatherings. He had a true passion for the community and school. My deepest sympathies to Pearl and all of his family. God bless you all.
Posted by Elwin Hohn on August 28, 2023
My deepest sympathy to the Duba family, may God grant you strength through this difficult time.
Posted by Becky Bryant on August 28, 2023
So sorry to hear of Duane’s passing
He always lifted our spirits up when he came into the lumberyard. Always happy. We will greatly miss him!.
Posted by Cheryl & Karen Miiller on August 28, 2023
We are deeply sorry for your loss and we hope you are comforted by our prayers for your family. God Bless.
Posted by Mary E. Baxter Schiefen on August 28, 2023
Sorry for your loss. I grew up near Ethan and Duane was always a person to look up to.
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