In Memory of Duane R. Veit

Duane  R. Veit
Duane R. Veit
Born: August 21, 1936
Died: January 8, 2023
Age: 86
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Duane R. Veit
August 21, 1936 - January 8, 2023
From: Odebolt, IA

Duane R. Veit, age 86, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at the UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2023, at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. Ken Miller will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 12, 2023, 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 at

On August 21, 1936, Duane Ray Veit was born to David and Dolores (Winker) Veit in Milford, Iowa. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Odebolt, Iowa.  Duane attended St. Martin’s Catholic School in Odebolt through the 8th grade, then transferred to Odebolt Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1954.

Following graduation, Duane began a life-long love for farming with his parents southeast of Odebolt. After farming, he drove truck for Mau Trucking in Ida Grove, Iowa, and later as a school bus driver for Odebolt-Arthur Community Schools.  He married Freida Miller on March 2, 1957. They raised four children, Sue, Randy, Sandy, and Linda. They later parted ways.  He also helped with the flower shop they owned in Ida Grove. 

He moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1999, where he married the love of his life, April Wittrock, on August 4, 2001. While in Cedar Rapids, he worked at HandiMart Convenience Stores and Murdoch Funeral Homes. They moved back to Odebolt in 2008, where he drove for the regional transit systems. Duane will be most remembered as the community photographer, capturing special moments at area schools, town events, and family celebrations.  His pictures were published weekly in The Chronicle and he lovingly shared prints with his family and friends. 

Duane enjoyed attending school activities and events of his children and grandchildren, always with a camera in hand.  Over the years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and collecting pedal tractors, farm toys, and Grain Belt Beer memorabilia. Duane and April loved traveling, especially to Mexico in the winter and meeting Duane’s siblings in Las Vegas. Their last big trip was out West visiting many states and family and friends along the way. 

He also appreciated keeping in touch with his high school classmates, often sending them updates on happenings and, of course, pictures. And, lastly, his “boys” must be mentioned, the fattest backyard squirrels! They had a constant supply of the best Iowa corn and were well-trained on feeding time. 

Duane is survived by his wife of 21 years, April; children, Sue (Jay) Hemer of Arthur, Iowa, Randy (Kim) Veit of Ida Grove, Iowa, Sandy (Bruce) Lorenzen of Arthur, Linda (Leland) Belew of Granger, Iowa, Jacob (Ethan Olson) Wittrock of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Christie (Michael) Kolpin of Arthur; 15 grandchildren; 26 plus three on-the-way great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his siblings, Rosalie (Bill) Waddingham of Garner, Iowa, Davie (Karen) Veit of White Bear Lake, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Ann Veit of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rick; and a niece, Deb Waddingham.



10:30 a.m., Friday
January 13, 2023
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa

There will be a Facebook Live of the service on the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes Facebook page:


Rev. Ken Miller


Brodie Veit
Tyson Veit
Adam Hemer
Austin Kolpin
Catherine Kolpin
Ryan Kolpin


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"Hymn of Promise"
"Go Rest High On That Mountain"


St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Monday, January 16, 2023 at 1:55 PM
“Thoughts and prayers for your family. My Dad liked working with Dwayne.”
- LuAnn Lunkenheimer Knobbe
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 11:06 AM
“ So sorry for your loss. We owned the building where the flower shop was in Ida Grove.

- Vera Varner
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 9:10 AM
“We are very sad to hear of Duane’s passing, from camping in the 70’s to working at Veit’s Floral in the 80’s, he was a great man to know. Our thoughts and prayers to Randy, Sue, Sandy, and Linda and families, and April and family. He will be missed.
Mark & Bridget Drey”
- Mark & Bridget Drey
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“Sorry for the loss of Duane. Prayers to the family. ”
- Cheryl Klein
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“Sorry for ur loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family!”
- Michelle Stough
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“I am sending thoughts and prayers to you on behalf of my mother. Alice Winker Kramer was a cousin to Duane, and I am so sorry for your loss. Mom is 92 and live at home alone with some help. May God rest his soul. Bless you.”
- Kathy Dales
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“Sorry for your loss”
- Jeff Rasmussen
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“Sending thoughts and prayers 🙏 ”
- Michelle. Isom
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