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Duane Ratkovec

December 21, 1951 — March 14, 2022

Duane Ratkovec, 70, of Weston died March 14, 2022 due to a farm accident.

Memorials may be directed to family wishes.

Duane L Ratkovec, was born on December 21, 1951 in David City, Nebraska to Arthur & LaVena Ratkovec. He grew up in Brainard where he attended grade school at Holy Trinity Catholic School before graduating from East Butler High School in 1970. As a young boy, Duane was active in wrestling and always held a job, even while caring for his responsibilities on the family farm.

Duane married his beautiful wife, Mary on June 20, 2008 in David City, Nebraska.
Respected by many, Duane was the hardest working man you’ve ever met, with a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. He was always willing to help, even when it would set him back on his farming duties. As good as he was at sharing his stories, he was just as good of a listener. Duane was an inspiration to all.

He loved his beautiful wife, Mary, and being able to farm more than anything in this world. Duane’s faith was strong and he made sure he'd get himself and Mary to church every week. His love, hard work ethic, drive, humbleness, and sense of pride was unmatched. Duane had a deep love and appreciation for the ones closest to him. Duane worked hard to keep his farm going; he often said, “Just one more year and I’ll retire.”

Duane was a man of many hats and was always there to lend a hand in time of need, even babysitting children while combining his fields. To relax, he enjoyed going to church, sitting out by the pool, watching his grandchildren play or enjoying a good steak.

Duane passed away suddenly on March 14, 2022, in Weston, NE. He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur & LaVena Ratkovec, nephew Shawn Ratkovec & niece Wendy Kinney.

Duane is survived by his beautiful wife Mary, mother in law Constance Conroy, Stepchildren Shawn Davis, Corey (Kylie) Davis & Shanon Davis, brothers Larry (Barb), Lon (Marianne), Keith (Lori), sisters Ranae (Tim) Murphy, LoRae (Michael) Gartner, Deb (John) Bengtson, Nila (Ross) Munn, Grandchildren Mia-Jane, Kingston, Jaxson, Blake & Leo, and 31 nieces and nephews.
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Visitation

Sunday, March 20, 2022

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

St. Vitus Catholic Church

, NE 68070

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Parish Rosary

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Starts at 4:00 pm (Central time)

St. Vitus Catholic Church

, NE 68070

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Additional Viewing

Monday, March 21, 2022

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Vitus Catholic Church

, NE 68070

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Funeral Mass

Monday, March 21, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Vitus Catholic Church

, NE 68070

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Funeral Lunch

Monday, March 21, 2022

Starts at 12:30 pm (Central time)

Klein Center-Holy Trinity Church

, Brainard, NE 68626

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Burial

New Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery

, Brainard, NE 68626

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