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Leo Duerksen – Metz Mortuary

    Leo Duerksen
    Leo George Duerksen died Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Henderson at the age of 86.  He was born January 24, 1935 to Gerhard “George” R., and Ann (Friesen) Duerksen near Goessel, KS.  On October 8, 1954 he was united in marriage to Elaine Frances Epp.

    Farming was Leo’s passion in life.  He enjoyed being out on the farm from morning to night.  He raised hogs for 30 years.  He also enjoyed working with wood, building many pieces of furniture and cabinets and many toys for his children and grandchildren.

    He was a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church and participated for many years in the Nebraska MCC Relief Sale.  He did 1-W service for three years in Wichita, KS and Denver, CO after they were married.

    He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elaine; his children Diane (Dennis) Thieszen of Henderson, NE; Joyce (Craig) Klooster of Waverly, NE; and Lowell (Ronda) Duerksen of Henderson, NE, his grandchildren: Andrea (Matthew) Unruh of Hesston, KS, Steve (Molly) Thieszen of Henderson, NE, Danelle (Ryan) Vogt of Olathe, KS, Joshua (Leah) Klooster of Kansas City, MO, Jacob Klooster of Seward, NE, Brieanna (Daniel) Martwick of Neola, IA, Garrett (Danielle) Klooster of Seward, NE, Braelyn Klooster of Waverly, NE and Adilynn Duerksen of Henderson, NE and eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Arvin Duerksen of York, NE and Willis (Barb) Duerksen of Lincoln, NE.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Deloris Goertzen-Rempel, and his sister-in-law Linda Duerksen.

    Graveside services will be held at 9:45 a.m., Monday, January 24, 2022 at Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery at Henderson, followed by the Memorial service at 10:30 a.m., at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson.  Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m., on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at the mortuary in Henderson, with his family greeting family and friends from 6-8 p.m. that same evening. Memorials may be directed to MCC sale or Bethesda Mennonite Church. The service will be webcast live on the church’s website at

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