Duane E. Wellnitz

Duane E. Wellnitz, age 79, passed away on December 26, 2016 at Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City.

Duane was born in 1937 in Milbank, SD in Grant County. He was a hard working farm boy and attended rural country schools to high school days and then went on to the military. He served four years with the United States Air Force serving in Alaska before statehood and remote duty with Operation Sparavanghn.

After his discharge from the Air Force he started working as a line tech for a General Motors dealership and then became service manager from 1961 to 1986. He then started his own hobby shop which he ran until retirement.

Duane was married for years to the love of his life Marian (Hofhenke) Wellnitz. He loved the outdoors and tried about everything including fishing, horses, packing, back-packing in the Bear Tooth Mountains, hunting etc. Duane also loved playing pool with his friends. Many hours were spent with family and friends at Rock Creek Marina cabin on Fort Peck Lake.

He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Evelyn (Hall) Wellnitz.

Duane is survived by his wife Marian; children Deb (Don) Hofer, Sandra (Reed) Reymon and Neil (Linda) Wellnitz; siblings Arlene Lindberg of Miles City, Ardell Auffenorde of Illinois, Roger Wellnitz of Twin Brooks, SD and Brenda Paxton of Illinois; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren 1 great-great-grandchild and 5 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. 

Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. 

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:  www.stevensonandsons.com.