Donnie Duda

Donnie Duda, age 60, of New Rockford, ND, died Monday, October 10, 2016, of natural causes while working north of Sheyenne, ND.

Donald "Donnie" Lynn Duda, known as "Dudes", was born October 17, 1955, in New Rockford. He was the son of Edgar J. and Dorothy (Chandler) Duda.  Donnie grew up in Sumter, SC, and attended Fuhrman School. The family returned to New Rockford, and Donnie attended Central School beginning in the Fall of 1966.

Donnie began working as a young man, first on the farm with his uncle, LaVerne Duda.  Later he worked for Norman Hirchert at Standard 281 Service.  In 1978, Donnie began working at Sheyenne Sand & Gravel, where he continued for 30 years. Donnie then became employed by his current employer, Mark Rue/NCZ Express, New Rockford.

In 1976, Donnie was married to Laura "Laurie" Odstrcil at Aberdeen, SD.  Two children were born to them, Crystal and Darren Bubba.  They later divorced.

In 1997, Donnie met a longtime companion, Marlene Jordet, and this relationship gave him an extended family and friends who all brought him a lot of joy in his life.

One of things Donnie was known for was that he loved to arm wrestle, and considered himself to be the “New Rockford Champion”.    He loved demo derbies, camping, tinkering on his big black truck, and socializing with friends.  Donnie so loved his dog Hagen, who was a constant and close companion to him.

He is survived by his daughter Crystal Duda, Carrington, son Bubba Duda, New Rockford, daughter Gail Schutz, Fargo, 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, his father Edgar Duda, New Rockford, brother Larry Duda, Carrington, sister Maxine (Paul Anderson) Hoppe, Carrington, and his companion, Marlene Jordet, New Rockford.

Donnie was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy, a brother-in-law Charles Hoppe, Sr., nephew Travis Hoppe, niece Lisa Hoppe Zuraff, his grandparents, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.



Friday (Oct 14th) at 7PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford


First Lutheran Church, New Rockford


Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:30AM


Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford

Posted Condolences:

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Name: Ralph Jones

Date: 10/15/2016

Message: RIP Donnie! What a great guy! He made me laugh so hard all the time! He did the best impression of Ray Lommen I have ever heard!! Even better than me! LOL!



Name: Vicki Roemmich

Date: Oct. 14, 2016

Message: Sorry for your loss. Tim and I had many great memories of Donnie, and some great time together when we were younger and still living in New Rockford.

Vicki Weisenburger Roemmich



Name: julie sharbono

Date: 10/13/2016

Message: Sorry to hear of your loss, went to school in New Rockford with Donnie, same age, was a very nice guy. All my prayers with Darren, Crystal, and family, Julie Sharbono



Name: Dale and Diane Rosenberg

Date: 10/12/2016

Message: So sorry to hear about Donnie. He was a great person who would help anyone if asked.  He will be missed.


Name: Tom and Kathy Jacobson Ryan

Date: October 12,2016

Message: So sorry buddy, you were taken way to soon. Many fun times growing up. You always claimed me as your cousin. Prayers to all your family.



Name: Don and Betty Gedrose

Date: October 12, 2016

Message: Our sympathy and prayers for all the family.  So sorry for your loss.



Name: Cheryl Janzen

Date: October 11, 16

Message: To Donnie's family, So sorry for your loss.  I didn't hear a thing . Having surgery in Bismarck.  God Bless you all.

Cheryl Erdelbrock Janzen :(