Duane Eaton - October 17, 2012Duane L. Eaton, 79, of Central City, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the Grand Island Veterans Home.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Central City with Rev. Kevin McReynolds officiating. Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Burial will be in the Central City Cemetery with military rites by Lone Tree Post Six.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Central City Volunteer Fire Department. Solt Funeral home of Central City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.
Duane was born June 26, 1933, in Hamilton County to Cecil W. and Ella (Brondel) Eaton. He grew up in Central City and completed his education at Central City High School. After high school, Duane worked in St. Edward until entering the U.S. Army and serving during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Duane returned to live in Central City and on May 4, 1958, he was united in marriage to Bernice E. Bender. For 28 years, Duane was employed by Foster Lumber in Central City and he managed the concrete operation. He and Bernice also owned and operated the Night and Day Cafe and they operated the concession stand at Kernel Field for the Legion Baseball program from 1976 to 1986. Duane and Bernice drove truck for Jerry Betts for 10 years and then for 14 years, Duane worked for Knight’s Construction. After his retirement, Duane continued to live in Central City and he and Bernice enjoyed going to Texas for the winters for several years.
Duane was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Central City, the American Legion Lone Tree Post Six in Central City and the Central City Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years. At the time that Duane received his 25-year membership award from the fire department, he and his father were the only father/son to have both served for 25 years. Duane also enjoyed attending their children’s school activities, fishing and meeting his friends at the coffee shop.
Survivors include his children, Rex W. Eaton of Central City and Teena M. Eaton of Genoa; his sister, Phyllis (Melvin) Bender of Polk; his brother, Donald (Diane) Blum Eaton of Denver, Colo.; sister-in-law, Janice (Dale) Bade of Winslow; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death were his wife, Bernice, on Nov. 27, 2000; and his parents, Cecil and Ella Eaton.