November 28, 2015

Duane Kauk

KaukDuane Kauk, age 79 of Lincoln passed away November 27, 2015 with his loving family by his side.  He was born June 23, 1936 in Sutton, Nebraska to Herbert and Wilhelmina (Reomich) Kauk.  Duane served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was employed for over 20 years at American Stores, after that, working for the City of Lincoln and Molex Corporation.  Duane was a member of the D.A.V.  His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren, teaching them important life lessons and showing them how to be a kind person with a sense of humor but also with an ornery side.  Duane will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, LaVae (Nelson) Kauk; daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Mark Smith, Tammy and Kevin Chance all of Lincoln.  Son and daughter-in-law, Darren and Daina Kauk of Lincoln.  8 Grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.  Sister, Arlene Frycek of Mesa, Arizona.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will start on Tuesday, December 1st from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials to the family.


  1. My deepest sympathies Aunt LaVae and family. Sorry I won’t be able to be there but please know you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you guys!

  2. My dear Nelson-Kauk family, my heart is full of sadness because of Duanes passing . I know he’s in Heaven and I will see him again. I’m so thankful that I was a part of his life,so many great memories. Duane had a spirit that could make you feel like a million bucks! He brought sunshine on a cloudy day.He loved his wife and children so very much. He was one of those special people that you wanted to have in your life. Rest in peace my brother… My love to you all. God bless

  3. I had an instant connection with Duane. Loved his kindness and wit! I am so glad that I got to know him and play a small role in his care at southeast Nebraska Cancer Center. Kim

  4. LaVae….Sister Mary Lou told me of your husband’s death. I am sorry for your heartache. Marjorie

  5. I’m going to miss seeing Duane come into Russ’s. He always had a smile on his face & a good joke to tell. He would brighten my day. My deepest sympathy.

  6. Our sympathy to LaVae and family…I will miss my “birthday buddy” but remember all the great times celebrating together.

  7. LaVae and Family, Very sorry to hear of Duane’s passing, please accept our deepest condolences.

  8. We had many years at American Stores….and the time we all spent together away from work…..Duane will be missed, and we were glad that he was a part of our lives. He will not be alone with family and friends above…(mom). Sorry we will not be able to get back there but our thoughts, and prayers are being sent your way…Love you LaVae & Family

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time
    You will remember I am Jason Stanley’s grandma.
    May God hold you in his loving arms as you grieve
    My deepest sympathy
    Ruth Stanley and family

  10. To the family of Daune Kauk :

    Daune will surely be missed their is so much to say about Duane my husband and I work with him at Molex. I am out of town so I wasn’t able to come but we like to give are deepest sympathy to the family of Duane he love you all a lot and Daune touch a lot of hearts he was truly a people person and friend. I will miss you Duane Gaffar & Kathy Elhassan


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