Dwaune E. Redfield, a lifetime resident of Hitchcock County, most of his life of rural Palisade, Nebraska, passed away peacefully with some of his loving family and caregivers by his side at Cottonwood House assisted living in Columbus, Nebraska on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
Dwaune “Grandpa” was 96 years old. He had lived in Columbus the past 5 years to be close to the family. Dwaune was born Novemeber 1, 1921 northwest of Stratton, Nebraska on the family home place to Franklin Eugene and Myrtle M (Lorance) Redfield.
Due to family circumstances, Dwaune completed 8th grade at the country school across the canyon but then went on to work the family farm to provide for his mother and three younger siblings; Berniece, Lawrence, and Dwight.
In 1940, at the age of 19, with the help of his little brother Lawrence, he met a very special school teacher named DeVeta Collicott. She needed a Santa Clause for her Christmas program at school and Dwaune reluctantly agreed to the role. In return Dwaune asked DeVeta to go to a dance in Benkelman, Nebraska the night before her program, and that was the beginning of a long and happy life with eachother. On June 21, 1942 Dwaune married DeVeta. After many years of dancing, family, and friends, and an overall blessed life this timeless love story lasted for 70 years. Dwaune lost his companion, soul mate, and dancing partner on December 22, 2012.
Dwaune started his farming career with a team of horses and farming dry land crops when he was first married and lived on his family’s farm northwest of Stratton until they moved to a farm east of Palisade in 1947 where they raised three children; Sharlene, Keith, and Kaylene.
Dwaune saw many changes over his lifetime on the farm. He established a cow calf herd and had to learn the practices of irrigation. He also did commercial hauling, trucking hogs to Denver and Brush, Colorado to supplement the farm income.
Dwaune and DeVeta teamed up and volunteered for the 4-H program in Hitchcock County which all three children participated in. He served 30 years on the Hitchcock County Fair board after his children were all graduated and left from home. Dwaune was also a 50 year plus member of the Elks Club where he and DeVeta danced anytime they could (or anywhere that had good music for that matter). He was a member of the Palisade United Methodist church to be there with his family.
Aside from being an avid dancer, he enjoyed traveling with his family and friends with his favorite places being Washington D.C. and Canada. He loved playing card games at family gatherings, his land and hand feeding the passing deer and turkeys, raising livestock, and farming. He lived a long life full of happiness and blessings.
Dwaune “Grandpa’s” living legacy are, daughter Sharlene (Joe) Baker of Commerce City, CO; granddaughter, Sharon Naukam of Firestone, CO; and great grand children, Ahron and Samantha; grandson Christopher (Sabrina) Baker of Palisade, NE; and great grandchildren, Ashton, Ellah, and Cash; grandson, Michael (Jaci) Baker of Littleton, CO; and great grandchild arriving soon; grandson Chancelor Redfield of Firestone, CO; and great grandchildren, Alyiah and Kelsey of McCook, NE; grandson, Tim Redfield of Bertrand, NE; and great grandchildren Seth and Sophia; (son of deceased Mitchell Redfield) great grandchild , Theron Redfield; daughter, Kaylene (Dick) Luedtke of Columbus, NE; grandson, Tad (Allie) Luedtke of Lincoln, NE; and great grandchildren Calvin and Theo; sister-in-law Marjorie Redfield of McCook; special cousin, Norma (Lorance) and Bob Thomas of Stratton, NE; and numerous other family members and friends he considered family.
Those waiting to greet Dwaune “Grandpa” to his heavenly home; his parents, Franklin and Myrtle; his loving wife, DeVeta; son, Keith Redfield; grandson, Mitchell Redfield; brothers, Lawrence Redfield, Dwight (Casey) Redfield; sister, Berniece Davis; and grand daughter-in-law, April Redfield.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Palisade United Methodist Church in Palisade Nebraska with Rev. Elias Mukindia officiating.
Memorials may be given in his name.
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