In Memory of Duane A. Schofield

Duane A. Schofield
Duane A. Schofield
Born: November 2, 1935
Died: January 26, 2016
Age: 80
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Duane A. Schofield
November 2, 1935 - January 26, 2016
From: Odebolt, IA

Duane A. Schofield, age 80, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at his residence of Odebolt, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Reverend David Lyons will officiate. Committal Services will be in the St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery of rural Sac City, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to 

Duane August Schofield was born on November 2, 1935, in Calhoun County, Iowa, to Frederick and Bertha (Ramthun) Schofield. Duane was baptized into his faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rockwell City, Iowa, and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Knoke, Iowa.

Duane grew up on the family farm in Calhoun County, where he attended school at Jolley and graduated with the class of 1953.

After high school, Duane continued his education at a school of business in Omaha, Nebraska. He then enlisted into the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany for eighteen months. He was honorably discharged on April 23, 1959.

Duane married the love of his life, Janis Lynn Kleen, on June 5, 1960, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rockwell City. They made their home in Lytton and were blessed with six children: Daniel, Mark, Thomas, John, Kara, and Steven.

For more than 50 years, Duane worked in the banking business. He was employed at Lytton Savings Bank for approximately 25 years. In 1980, the family moved to Odebolt, where he continued to work in banking, retiring from United Bank of Iowa in 2010. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and when asked about his favorite part of the job, he replied, “being in a position to help people out.”

Duane loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He enjoyed following the UNI Panthers men’s basketball team, as well as the Minnesota Twins. His hobbies included playing cards, gardening, going to flea markets, and antique hunting with Janis. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Odebolt, holding numerous leadership positions throughout the years.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 55 years, Janis; children: Daniel of Cedar Falls, Mark (Jodi) of Peachtree City, Georgia, Thomas (Danell) of Cedar Falls, John (Karen) of Cedar Falls, Kara (Troy) Neville of Odebolt, and Steven (fiancée Megan Brown) of Cedar Falls; grandchildren: Tisha (James) Lindgren, Tristan (Joe) Smeins, Lorrin Schofield, Chet Schofield, Emily Schofield, Carter Schofield, Evan Schofield, Brenna Neville, Mallory Neville, and Cade Neville; three great grandchildren: Knox, Beckham, and Ava Lindgren; sisters, Marjorie Hoefing of Manson, and Lavon Weiss of Rockwell City; and extended family.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Bertha Schofield; brothers Louis Schofield and Donald Schofield; and sister Marie Mack.


10:30 a.m., Friday
January 29, 2016
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. David Lyons


Neil Sibenaller
Merle Hoefing
Bill Fertig
Brian Down
Jerry Gronau
David Schofield


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"Amazing Grace" - Instrumental
"Abide With Me"
"How Great Thou Art"
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"

Carol Wendel, Organist
Ray Leege, Trumpet & Harmonica


Saint Peters Lutheran Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:15 AM
“Janis-- So sorry to hear of Duane's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family. I'm sure friends and family will be there for you. My deep sympathy. Kathy Murley
- Kathy Murley
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM
“Just found out about Duane, so sorry to here about your loss. He was a great guy and we new him when he was at the bank in Lytton. He always spoke to me at the post office or when ever I saw him in surrounding towns. Will miss his friendly personality”
- Rita Rake
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM
“Duane was the best banker I ever had. He will be missed.
Tom Meusburger”
- Tom Meusburger
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM
“A very sad day. Thoughts and Prayers to the Family. God Bless you all”
- Kurt Kruskop
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM
“Janis, sorry to here about Duane . Vickie and I want to extend our sympathy to you and your family. Tom”
- Thomas Stumpf
Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM
Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM
“Janis and family, I am so sorry to hear of Duane's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Duane was a wonderful person. Denny and He had so many good times playing cards together. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Malinda Bengford
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5:04 PM
“Janis, I remember how your family grew to fill the whole pew in front of us at St Peters! When I think of Duane, I think of a good-hearted man. And the effect of one good-hearted man is incalculable. Remembering you and yours with special thoughts and prayer.”
- Renee Glasnapp Stauter
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM
“We send our sincere sympathy to you, Janis, & your family. Remember Duane from Lytton as a kind & friendly gentleman. We missed you when you moved to Odebolt, but always enjoyed seeing you on occasion. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time.

Bill & Fran Lawson”
- Bill & Fran Lawson
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:05 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Duane. Duane will be so missed!! He was always there to help us and to offer a positive look on whatever we were going through! He always made us laugh! When ever I would ask him how he was doing he would say, you know just keep doing what you got to do!! I will always remember how he never gave up on me to return to church!! He had a way if never making me feel bad about not going - instead he made me feel I was always welcome! We admire his forever faith and send our deepest condolences to all of you. May God embrace and hold you close as you go through this sad time. Hugs to all!!”
- Rog and Glo Huisenga
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:04 AM
“Will miss Duane so much and thankful for the memories of all our fun times together.”
- Roger and Marlene Glasnapp
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:36 AM
“Please know I am thinking of your family as you begin the process of grieving the meaningful life of your father, husband, grandfather and friend. While I didn't know Duane very well, I have the privilege of knowing most of his children. Based on the people they turned out to be, Duane lived a very purposeful and meaningful life that will live on for generations. Your family is in my prayers. ”
- Mary Kay Delvo
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:36 AM
“Mark , Jodi and Emily; Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends during this time. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.”
- Steve & Peggy Labatt and family
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:35 AM
“My deepest sympathy. Duane worked with my mom at the Lytton Savings Bank. He will be missed, such a great man.”
- Jo Ellerbrock
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:56 PM
“Our sincere condolences to the Schofield family on the death of Duane.
We have known two of his sons for quite a few years, and Jan works
with his granddaughter, Tristan at Western Home Communities here
in Cedar Falls.

Our prayers are with all of you as you continue in your grief. Our thoughts
will be with you on Friday.

May God be glorified for what Duane was able to do for His kingdom.”
- Jan and Ron Heth
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:33 PM
“I'm saddened by the news of Duanes passing. Growing up in Odebolt, Duane was a huge presence in my life at that time. Whether he knew it or not, his influence and guidance had a big part in who I am today. My condolences to the whole Schofield Family.”
- Scott Cardin
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:33 PM
“Mark, Jodi, Emily and the Schofield family, we're sending our love and condolences to you. It's hard when our loved ones are ill but it's also hard when they're gone. Wishing you peace and comfort!”
- Jean & Dave VanDyke
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 11:04 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schofield family. We have many fond memories of Duane, and we have always valued his friendship. He will be missed.”
- Glenn and Sally Becker
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