Duane Neva


Duane Francis Neva, 92, rural Kensal, ND, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

Duane was born August 23, 1924, at his parents’ home, near Kensal, the eldest child of Frank and Helen (Hoffman) Neva.  He graduated from Kensal Public School in 1942.

Duane married Vernette Schultz of Tolna, ND, on June 9, 1948, in Tolna.  Together, they made their home in rural Kensal where they farmed and raised 9 daughters.  They were blessed to have shared 68 years together, still living on their farm.  Duane was a good steward of the land throughout his life.  He loved farming and was also a beef and dairy farmer for many years.  

Duane was actively involved in the community.  He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Kensal and trustee for many years.  He was a lifetime member and active in the Knights of Columbus, Jamestown.   He served on several boards, including the Stutsman County Library, Kensal Community Cafe, Lyon Township and was a member of the Jamestown Roaming Buffalo campers club.

Duane had many hobbies and interests, including his Neva Tree Farm business, which many of his trees are planted in and around the Kensal area.  He was a self-taught welder, electrician, plumber, carpenter and enjoyed wood-working.  Duane also enjoyed traveling; his favorite trip was to Alaska.  He had a real interest in technology and learning about how things worked.  Everyone knew he was a “Ford man”.

Being a proud, loving husband and father, Duane enjoyed family time and was proud of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a strong yet gentle man who was kind, caring, honest, patient and respectful.

He is survived by his wife Vernette, his 9 daughters, Annette (Chuck) Lochow, Russell, KY; Jeanette (Allen) Hill, Alexandria, MN; Julie (Ray) Neva-Ressin, Denver, CO; Francine (Brad) Turner, Leonard, ND; Rosalie (Jaime) Schlecht, Wimbledon, ND; Colette (Paul) Wolf, Kensal, ND; Sheila (Neil) Johnston, Courtenay, ND; Rhoda Reimers (Cory Stangeland), Kensal, ND; and Jill (Todd) Borth, Garrison, ND.  21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren.  1 brother, James (Sharon) Neva, Kensal, ND, and 1 sister, Janice (Buck) Buchholz, Anamoose, ND.  Several brother and sister in-laws and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Robert Timm.  Infant grandchild, Brent Turner, and infant great-grandchild, Catherine Pautsch.




Tuesday (Nov 22nd) with Rosary at 6:45PM and Vigil Service at 7PM, in St. John's Catholic Church


St. John's Catholic Church, Kensal, ND


Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:30AM


St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal, ND

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Name: Shirly Krapp

Date: 11/23/2016

Message: Sincere sympathies to all your family at this time of loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was an exceptional man to have done all the things in life he accomplished while raising 9 girls.  He left his mark on the world.  Prayers to all of you at this time. 

Shirly and Roger Krapp



Name: Roberta (Timm) Edin

Date: 11/22/2016

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Neva Family on the loss of Uncle Duane.



Name: Owen & Jeri Lampert

Date: 11/19/16

Message: Your dad was a wonderful man.  There is a brighter star in heaven's sky.  May God continue to bless each of you.



Name: Donna Mae Gunderson Halvorson

Date: 11/20/16

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.



Name: Dwight Briss

Date: 11/19/16

Message: Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.



Name: Eileen Fields

Date: November 19, 2016

Message: My sympathy to you Vernette and to your family.  Duane was so supportive of the Library and was very helpful.  I always looked forward to seeing both of you at the Christmas luncheons.  Those were good times!  May God bless and take care of you.

Eileen Fields



Name: Charmaine Albrecht

Date: Nov 18,2016

Message: We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this sad time. Our sympathy to you.




Name: Shelly Wanzek

Date: 11/18/2016

Message: Our thoughts go out to the Neva family. Duane was a great asset to the Kensal community. Duane and Vernette were great friends of my folks they went on a lot of camping excursions and road trips together. Pretty sure Duane and Kenny are catching up on old times. He will be missed.




Name: Linda Devillers

Date: 11/18/2016

Message: Thinking of all of you and hope your find peace and comfort that Duane is in a better place take care and love from me.



Name: Claire Vigesaa

Date: 11/17/2016

Message: We wish to express our sympathy to the Neva family, good neighbors...good people.  May you know comfort in precious memories.

Claire and Jill Vigesaa



Name: Bob and Kathy Schultz

Date: 11/17/2016

Message: Duane was my brother-in-law who was more like a brother.  I was only 6 years old when he and my sister married in Tolna in 1948. Due to the fact, most my family had to move out of state to work and live,  visitation was at times years apart.  However, when we were in N. Dak., their home was our home.  We were always welcome and many a good conversation were had.  Duane will be missed by all of us but did leave his "mark" on the world.  To all his family, especially my sister and my nieces, our condolences.  Prayers always with you.  Bob & Kathy Schultz




Name: Marv and Millie Wanner

Date: 11-16-16

Message: Our thoughts and prayer are with you at this time .




Name: Mitch Doyle

Date: 11/16/16

Message: Our thoughts and prayers are being said at your time of need. Let God be there for all of you.

Mitch and Brent



Name: Becky Campbell

Date: 11/15/16

Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys at this time.  We will be thinking about you Vernette and kids.

Love the Wolsky's

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