Duane K. Tigges
Veteran
Date of Birth
May 28, 1944
Cherokee
Entered into Rest
July 28, 2018
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Saturday, August 11, 2018 ~ 1:00 p.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Saturday, August 11, 2018 ~ 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Interment

With Military Honors
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Peterson Cemetery ~ Peterson, Iowa

Memorials

Patriots Assistance Dogs
1478 Mallard Street
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501

Duane Kent Tigges, age 74, died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at his home in Ashland, NE.  He was born on May 28, 1944 in Cherokee, IA to Ernest and Tora (Jensen) Tigges. He graduated from Sioux Valley High School in 1962 in Peterson/Linn Grove. Duane had a love for the outdoors and always tried to find ways to be out in it. He attended Gem City College in Quincy, IL where he learned to repair watches. In October of 1970 he was united in marriage to Audrey Broesder. They resided in Sibley, IA where Duane owned and operated the Tigges Jewelry Store. They have two children, Eric and Heidi Tigges. In 1986, he moved to Ashland, NE where he later met and celebrated the remainder of his life with Dorothy Herring.

In 1967, Duane enlisted in the United State Marine Corps and shortly after was deployed to Vietnam for 14 months. He later moved to Ashland, Nebraska where he joined the Nebraska National Guard at Camp Ashland, Nebraska. He was employed at the camp until his retirement as a Master Sergeant.

He had a passion for helping others and is remembered by friends and veterans as always putting them first, including his dear friend Angie. He also had a love for animals, especially his three cats, Ruby, Bootsie and Whiskers.

He excelled at his military career with many honors. Duane was a very decorated and devoted soldier who served his country for over 30 years. Some of his honors include: Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Vietnam Service Medal.

He is survived by his two children, Eric (Cindy) Tigges of Spencer, IA and Heidi (Jamie) Blochowitz of George, IA; and Ellen Hill (Joel and son Cody) of Lincoln, NE, Doris and Tim Deleski of Ashland, NE and Gene Herring (Courtney and son Chase) of Little Rock, AK and grandchildren, Paige (Zack) Clark of Little Rock, IA, Brady (Taylor) Blochowitz of Rushmore, MN, Colten and Trey Blochowitz of George, IA, Connor and Reid Tigges of Spencer, IA. Two great grandchildren, Ellie Clark and Weston Blochowitz. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Waltz of Hartley, IA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Tora and his father, Ernest of Peterson, IA and one older brother, Larry who passed in infancy.

Following the burial service in Peterson, IA on Sunday the American Legion Club of Peterson will conduct military honor rights.

Condolences for Duane K. Tigges
  1. Dan and Lu Matthiesen
    • July 30, 2018 - 2 months ago

    May God bless you all. Remember that he’s never really gone as he’ll always be in your heart and in your memories. Love you all

  2. Cindy Tigges
    • July 30, 2018 - 2 months ago

    You were one of the strongest men I knew. You fought hard to the very end. You have left some amazing legacies…we love you and will miss you dearly.

  3. Alexis Susman
    • July 31, 2018 - 2 months ago

    RIP Duane. It was and still is an honor to have known you!

  4. Jan McGee
    • July 31, 2018 - 2 months ago

    R I P old friend. till we meet again

  5. Cheryl Pallas
    • July 31, 2018 - 2 months ago

    He was one of the nicest guys I met when working at Camp Ashland. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Mary Ekstrom
    • August 1, 2018 - 2 months ago

    R.I.P Duane you were like a dad to me and a Grandpa to Vanessa we both loved you very much! Till we meet again!

  7. Patty, Earl, Renee, and Baby Earl Schroeder
    • August 1, 2018 - 2 months ago

    RIP Duane. You were always so nice to me. Dorothy let me know if I can help in any way. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Love you Dorothy

  8. Karla Matthiesen Lenz
    • August 4, 2018 - 2 months ago

    RIP Duane. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Wendy McMullen
    • August 11, 2018 - 1 month ago

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Sending hugs and prayers and wishing you peace in the memories,

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