Gene L. Duwe

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Gene L. Duwe, 87, formerly of 1070 Roosevelt Street, Dubuque passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dubuque.

Burial was in Linwood Cemetery with military honors. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service assisted the family.

Gene was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Guttenberg, son of Lloyd and Ruby (Portwein) Duwe.

He married Nancy Strong, April 19, 1952, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

He attended school in Guttenberg.

Gene retired from John Deere in 1987.

Nancy was the love of his life and he enjoyed traveling with her to many places in the United States. He also enjoyed woodworking, hunting and spending time with his family especially, his grandchildren in his later years. He rarely missed any of the families sporting events. Gene was a devoted and loving family man. His sweet smile and infectious laugh will be greatly missed.

Gene was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and served on their vestry. He was also a long time member of the Moose Lodge and the Leaky Lodge and a proud member of the Local UAW #94. He served several years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Duwe; children, JoAnn (Jeff) Chance, of Port Orchard, Wash., Dennis (Janelle) Duwe, of Dubuque, Linda (Andy) Willging, of Sherrill, David (Kim) Duwe, of Dubuque, and Kathy (Ahmad) El-Ali, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Jeff, Ashley, Justin, Zachary, Brian, Brad, and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Vince, Gabe, Alex, Samantha, Tim, Naomi, Abigail, Macey, Sofia; special life-long friend, Bob Wolf, special brother-in-law Wayne Wilming, and family friend Rick Heinz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Timothy and a granddaughter, Jill.

Special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.

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