Richard “Duke” Walz

Richard “Duke” Walz, age 96, of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Arbor Care Center in Hartington.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Reverend Owen Korte officiating.  The funeral will be livestreamed at\WintzRay.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hartington with military honors by the Hartington VFW Post No. 5283 and the Legion Riders.  Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, on Sunday, August 7 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with a vigil service at 5:00 PM.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Walz, Jordan Walz, Steve Walz, Scott Walz, Emily Kortan, and Katie Rotschafer.

Richard Francis Walz was born November 21, 1925 in Hartington, Nebraska to George and Marie (Smith) Walz.  He grew up in Hartington and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1943.  Duke then enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War II.  After his discharge, he attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree.  Duke lived in Yankton, SD for a few years and worked with Northwestern Energy.  He then moved to Hartington where he took a job with Consumer’s Public Power which later became Nebraska Public Power District.  On August 13, 1956, Duke married Jan Schieffer at Constance, NE.  After their marriage, they made their home in Hartington and Duke worked for NPPD for 32 years, retiring on January 1, 1988.  Duke loved helping people around Hartington from changing light bulbs at Holy Trinity Church to helping out with electrical needs at the Cedar County Fair.

Duke was an Eagle Scout and a proud Navy veteran.  He said his greatest accomplishment was serving in the Navy and fighting in World War II to help bring peace to the world.  Duke enjoyed traveling with Jan, especially their trip to Hawaii.  He loved dancing and listening to polka music.  He was an avid Cornhusker football fan and season ticket holder for over 30 years.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, VFW Post No. 5283, and volunteered for the Hartington Fire Department.  Duke loved his time with NPPD and enjoyed helping people with their electrical needs.  Duke was very proud of the fact that both his sons followed in his footsteps and have worked long careers in the utility business.

Duke is survived by his wife, Jan Walz of Hartington; three children: Rolanda Kortan of Lincoln, NE, Steven (Ronda) Walz of Omaha, NE, and Scott (Susan) Walz of York, NE; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Walz of Kearney, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Duke was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia (Donald) Berglund; and sister-in-law, Joann Walz.

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The family would prefer memorials to the Hartington Veterans Memorial, PO Box 882, Hartington, NE 68739.


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9 response to "Richard “Duke” Walz"

  1. By: Dave and Ellen Rokusek Posted: August 3, 2022

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Duke was a friendly guy always willing to help. Many fond memories ..

  2. By: Suzi Dooley Posted: August 3, 2022

    Walz family….
    So sorry for the loss of Duke. Thinking of you at this time. Prayers.
    Suzi Dooley

  3. By: larry F schieffer Posted: August 3, 2022

    I remember Duke from when he started dating Jan and have had a most pleasant friendship with him for these past 60 plus years. Though I moved away from the Hartington area soon after high school I spent many holidays with him and Jan and my other siblings throughout those many years. Duke knew so many people in the small towns around Hartington and could bring me up to date on all my old classmates and baseball buddies. But what was most remarkable was his positive attitude with life and his unfailing kindness to everyone with whom he interacted. He was “easy to be with” as the saying goes, a gentle man whom I will miss. While his sun has set here on earth he lives now in God’s light forever.

  4. By: Becky Monson Posted: August 3, 2022

    Duke was always so welcoming when wecame to visit. Everyone loved him! He will be missed very much. Sincere sympathy to Jan, his family and all who loved him.

  5. By: Cynthia (Kathol) Howey Posted: August 3, 2022

    Only highest regards for Duke and those of his generation! They honored their communities & country throughout their entire lives! My deepest sympathy..

  6. By: Laverta Mauch Posted: August 5, 2022

    You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Duke. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. May God bless you with the grace and strength to deal with the grief.

  7. By: Bert Morten Rossiter Posted: August 5, 2022

    Duke always answered the call to help my Mom (Evelyn Morten). Sometimes I thought things broke just so Mom could have coffee & cookies with Duke and a long visit after fixing what was broken. He was so kind and helpful and always had a smile on his face. He was a true gentleman and always volunteered for many jobs in the community. God bless you and your family. Max & Bert Rossiter

  8. By: Jeff Bernard Posted: August 6, 2022

    Duke’s oversized personality will live forever in the minds of us who knew and loved him. I will never forget his smile, his cheerfulness, and his passion. At an earlier time, I remember watching Duke and Jan dance, and as I looked around the room, I saw ubiquitous smiles. And who can ever think of Duke and not imagine his love of the Cornhuskers! The Iowa State Cyclones didn’t exist in his mind when he was dressed for a Cornhusker game day. Or so it seemed to me… Jeff, Kathy, Meghan, Keve, Spenser, Mandi.

    Our prayer for all of you that were so close to Duke throughout your life is that God’s peace and love comforts you through the pain you’re feeling right now. Psalms 119:50 – My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.

  9. By: Deanna & Chuck Schieffer Posted: August 8, 2022

    Grandpa (Joe) Schieffer had a great saying about Duke. He said “He’s a good egg”. Everyone agrees.

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