I, 74-year-old youngest daughter of the Osmond Republican’s Gene and Sue Liewer, have a soft spot in my heart for Duane Hamm, who was my fellow printer’s devil for a few years at the Republican. If ever there were a perfect candidate for Mr. Nice Guy, it is Duane. I like to think I helped name you, Jeana, because when your parents were considering names for you, I think Jeana was one I suggested. (Your parents likely would have a different idea about that😉.) I enjoyed visiting briefly with Duane in 2012 when we crossed paths at an Osmond High School Alumni weekend. May God bless Duane and console your family!
Duane Francis Hamm, 78, of South Sioux City, NE passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 while surrounded by his family at his residence.
Visitation will begin at 3:00, with a service at 4:00 P.M. Friday, November 23, 2018 at Mohr Funeral Home, South Sioux City, NE, and at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 24, 2018 at United Methodist Church in Wausa, NE.
Duane was born January 9, 1940 in Wayne, NE to Benjamin Orville Hamm and Muriel Lavern Hagelstein.
Duane graduated from Osmond Public School in 1957. He loved sports and lettered in Football and Track. During his Senior year, he was voted "Honorary Co-Captain" by the team! Duane worked two summers on a ranch in Wyoming after graduating. He enjoyed a long softball career, pitching on various teams for 25 years.
He met Sharon Jacob in January of 1958. They were married December 29, 1960 in the Bloomfield Methodist Church.
Duane began a long career in the newspaper business in 7th grade at the Osmond Republican. He worked at the Wakefield Republican and the Wayne Herald before purchasing The Wausa Gazette. After a brief waterbed business, he managed the Yankton Printing Company, a part of the Yankton Daily Press. He wrote a weekly column for the Norfolk Daily News and delivered regional Shoppers for many years after retiring.
Duane participated in a number of organizations that brought him great fellowship, support, and friendship. He often spoke of the great people from Bloomfield, Al-Anon, Senior Citizens, Country Music Association, and Great Plains Presbyterian Pilgrimage.
He spent the last 5 years sharing life with special friend, Beverly Maiso-Bates. They especially loved weekly country music jams.
Duane is survived by four daughters, Jeana Hamm (Susan Niederhauser), Teresa Rotherham (Terry), Michelle Bloomquist (David), and Kelly Rojas (the late Danny Rojas). Duane loved his grandchildren, Emily Hamm, Megan Hamm, Elizabeth Jasper, Sam Jasper, Matthew Rotherham, Michael Rotherham, Dustin Bloomquist, Jordan Bloomquist, Kristin Vossler, Johnny Janda, Stephanie Janda, and Andrew Janda. He is survived by his precious great grandchildren, Emma and Delaney Bloomquist, Austin and Adrianne Kennedy; and brother-in-law, Ramon Lush. He is also survived by his faithful dog, Rascal.
Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; parents; grandparents; son-in-law, Danny Rojas; younger sister, Twila Edwards Lush; aunts, uncles; and cousins.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Duane's name may be made to St. Jude's Hospital.