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Duane A. "Duke" Lewandowski

Duane A. “Duke” Lewandowski, 68, of Ashton, died Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his farm, surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski will celebrate the Mass. Duke requested that everyone dress casually. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is assisting the family. Mr. Lewandowski was born on March 18, 1951, at Loup City, the son of Emil and Mildred (Nevrivy) Lewandowski. Duke grew up on the family farm northeast of Sherman Lake. He attended District No. 56 Sherman County rural school and was a 1969 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Loup City. He married Sheila Cramer on Nov. 11, 1978, at Loup City. The couple later divorced. As a young man he began farming, which he continued to do until the day he died. Also, over the years he worked construction, as a mechanic at Whiteway Garage in Ashton and owned and operated the Sunset Lounge in Loup City. Duke was affectionately referred to as the “Mayor of Schaupps” by his family and friends. He was a very kind and thoughtful man that called his mother daily. He was a member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 5455. He enjoyed farming, hunting, raising sweetcorn, his cats and gambling. But, first and foremost he loved his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Nick Mitchell of Coalville, UT; step-sons, Jim Ummel, Jr. and Jason and Amy Ummel, all of Grand Island; his mother, Mildred Lewandowski of Loup City; four grandchildren, McKenzie Ummel, Maddie Ummel, Owen Mitchell and Liam Mitchell; one great-grandson, Royal Ummel; sister, Karen Burnett of Berwyn; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Kathy Lewandowski of Ashton; niece, Kristi and Mike Klein of St. Paul; and nephew, Scott Lewandowski of Ashton. He was preceded his father, Emil Lewandowski; son, Dustin Lewandowski; brother, Richard Lewandowski; and brother-in-law, Dennis Burnett. Memorials are suggested to St. Josaphat's Catholic Church or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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My prayers are with all of Duke's family and friends. He was just an all-around, great guy that will surely be missed by all. He always opened not only his home, but his heart. I will miss his smile, laughter, and way of making you feel important when you were with him. He brought "light" to so many people, whether he knew them or not. And that truly is a gift and something to treasure. Even though he is no longer on this Earth, he will always be in our hearts. With all of my prayers and deepest sympathies, Karen T.

Karen Turnboom May 20 2019 10:17 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to the family. Erika Gannon Haag

Erika Haag May 19 2019 1:23 PM

Duke and peanut and I spent some fun times together sorry we drifted apart going to miss him RIP my ole friend :pray::skin-tone-2::cry:

john ericson May 19 2019 12:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Duane Lewandowski

Tom and Donna Peters May 18 2019 11:58 AM

Misty my heartaches for you and your family. You all our in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad had to of been a great man to have raised such a wonderful daughter. Much love to you.

Mylinda Ellis May 18 2019 12:57 AM

Sorry we cant be there with you all. We are fortunate to have good memories of farming with Duke. peace be with you. Boomer and Bonny

Bonny & Ken Turnboom May 17 2019 12:59 PM

My sympathy to the family...Duane was a classmate of mine

Joyce Goc May 16 2019 10:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Duane Lewandowski

Joyce Goc May 16 2019 10:52 PM