March 13, 2013

Duane Henry Vosika

Duane Henry Vosika passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in Lincoln.  He was born on June 17, 1937 in Wilber, Nebraska.  In his early years, following high school he joined the Air National Guard of Nebraska. Later he became a full time Air Guard member, he retired on June 17, 1997 at the rank of Master Sergeant. Duane was a friend of Bill W.

Duane is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carolyn Rhode Vosika of Lincoln; brother, Eugene and Jane Vosika; children, Mark Vosika; Susan Kaspari; Nancy Vogler; Michael and Debby Kaspari; Thomas Kaspari; Daniel Kaspari; and grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Laddie and Helen Vosika; and his brother, Ronald.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Rev. Otto Schultz officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Nebraska National Guard.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.


  1. Duane was a true friend and a proud Airman of the Nebraska Air National Guard. He was always the first one to arrive at work in the morning and one of the last to leave in the evening. Duane made sure that the lights were on, the coffee was hot, and in the winter the snow was plowed. He was a good friend to everyone who served and went out of his way to help others in need. We remember Duane donating his entire drill pay to the Lincoln Food Bank during the Christmas holidays to help others in need. Everyone who knew Duane will have a special place in their heart for him. Our condolences to Carol and the Vosika family.
    Robert Athan, Colonel, USAF, (Retired)

  2. Duane was full of smiles and happiness. A great sense of humor and an extremely caring heart. Up until his last days he was out and about in the community daily, lending his hand to help others. He always greeted people with a hug or handshake and a smile or laugh. I will always remember his playful orneriness, fun-loving personality and his willingness to give his time and energy to others so freely. Much love to Carolyn and the family.
    Will and Lisa Tolliver and kids

  3. Carolyn and family,

    Duane was such a very special man. Always so friendly and sweet. He was always one of the first to greet me and make me feel welcome at a meeting. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  4. Carolyn & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Duane. You have both always been such special friends to us, and he will be greatly missed. As others have commented, Duane was a dear, sweet & giving person and we were so lucky to have known him. Tony & Jessi always considered him their “grandpa” and it was always a joy to see you both – whether at a meeting in earlier days or in your front yard as we would walk by recently. Much love and sympathy to you and your family, Carolyn.

  5. Duane was a class mate at Bellevue High School. We had great times growing up and he had many friends in our school. The times we got to visit at reunions will be remembered. He will be missed as we continue to trudge the road of happy destiny.
    God Bless your soul and console those that will miss you.

  6. I enjoyed working with Duane for many years in the Air National Guard. He was fun-loving, a dedicated worker and a fine role model.

  7. Duane was such a good man, a helpful and kind neighbor, and an inspiration. Love to the whole family.

  8. Carolyn and family

    We are so sorry for your loss of Duane. The community of bill w has suffered a great loss. I knew him through you Carolyn,through spring flings. One day at a time! If you need anything please don’t hesitate to get a hold of me. God bless your in our thoughts and prayers! Barb

  9. Carolyn, So sorry to read about your loss of Duane. We always enjoyed visiting with him. You are in our thoughts. Roger and Lori

  10. Carolyn & Family,

    Duane was always quick with a smile & a hug. He always jumped up & made sure that I had a chair that wouldn’t hurt my back. Most of all,Craig & I admired the way he looked at & treated his bride. All wives should be so lucky! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    With much love, Mary & Crag Lutz-Priefert

  11. Carolyn & Family,

    We were so sad to hear about Duane’s death. I will always remember how quick he was with a smile or a hug. He always jumped up to make sure that I had a more comfortable chair to sit in because of my back. Most of all, Craig & I really appreciated the way Duane looked at his bride with love in his eyes & then showed that love in how he he treated her. All wives should be so lucky! Carolyn, we will keep you & your family in our thoughts & prayers.

    With love, Mary & Craig Lutz-Priefert

  12. Carolyn and family,

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and the following days to come. Hugs to you!
    Love Always
    God Bless
    Amy Lorenze


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