Duane James Hubregtse, 90, formerly of Springfield
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Visitation will be an hour prior to services. Burial is in the Emmanuel Reformed Cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements. Memorials will be directed to the Emmanuel Reformed Church Willing Workers.
Duane James Hubregtse was born in rural Springfield, SD on May 16, 1923 to Peter and Mary (Tendolle) Hubregtse. He went to be with Jesus his Savior on November 8, 2013 at age 90.
Duane attended Hornstra Grade School and Springfield High School for one and one-half years. He worked on the family farm until May, 1945 when he enlisted in the Army for almost two years. During his service, he fought in WWII with the 19th Infantry, earned the #1 marksman in his battalion, and served as a chaplain’s assistant in Kyushu, Japan. After returning home, Duane began farming again and met his caring wife, Minnie Rose DeJong whom he married on January 28, 1948. Together they created a loving family with five children.
At age 23, Duane gave his life to Christ and always served as a godly example for his family and his community. His heart’s desire was for his children and grandchildren to take Jesus as their Savior so he can see them in heaven. Duane was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, SD where he sang in the choir and a quartet, taught sunday school and catechism and was an elder in the consistory. Five and a half years ago he moved to Great Falls to live with his daughter Colleen and her husband Willy, enjoying the splendors of the Montana country side living on the Missouri River again.
Duane's hobbies included hunting, fishing, golfing, and gardening. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing with his grandchildren and teaching his grandsons how to hunt.
Thankful for having shared his life were his children: Roger and wife Theresa of Hot Springs, SD; Danny of Rapid City, SD; Calvin and wife Joyce of Lennox, SD; Colleen and husband Willy of Great Falls, MT; Sheila and husband Timothy of Little Rock, AR; 14 grandchildren: Kyle, Sierra, Savannah, Adam, Sara, Anna, Haley, Jon, Amberly, Alexis, Merissa, Eric, Misty, Angela and Jennifer; two step-grandchildren: Jill and Katrina; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Bowen of Unadilla, GA.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Rose; his parents; brothers, Clarence and Robert, and his sisters, Agnes Eckert and Evelyn Tjeerdsma.