Duane A. Dughman
Duane A. Dughman, age 93, former Cheyenne County resident, passed away in Castle Pines, CO on March 26, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Gehrig Stitt Chapel in Sidney, NE with Pastor Corey Jenkins officiating. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Interment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Lodgepole, NE.
Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from 1-6:00 P.M. to leave condolences for the family. You may view Duane’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Duane’s care and funeral arrangements.
Duane Arthur Dughman was born to Ida and Lewis Dughman on November 1, 1929, in Central City, NE. Duane completed high school in Lodgepole, NE and participated in many sports including
football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was voted “Most Popular” his senior year of high school. After graduation Duane worked for the railroad.
Duane met Delores (Dee) Lehn in Chappell, NE, and on her “Senior Sneak Day” in Denver, CO, they became engaged and were married in Chappell, NE, on August 23, 1950. Dee and Duane spent their 70 years of marriage in Nebraska, Maryland, Tennessee, California, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Duane earned a Purple Heart during his tour of duty in the Navy and Marines as a Corpsmen during the Korean War. Following Duane’s discharge from the service, Duane, Dee and their two children (Terry and JoLene), moved to Denver, CO, where Duane earned his AAS in Accounting from Barnes Business College. Upon graduation the family moved to Thermopolis, WY, where he worked at Empire State Oil Company for 15 years, beginning as a Junior Accountant and eventually being promoted into the position of Assistant Treasurer and Controller. Duane was also very active in the VFW and served as the Post Commander. During their time in Thermopolis, their second son, Todd, was born.
In 1971, Duane accepted a job offer in Golden, CO, as a Chief Financial Officer for Cotter Corporation; a uranium mining and milling company where he served for 13 years. During this same
period of time, Duane achieved his MBA from the University of Denver. He also coached little league baseball and football for many years in Wyoming and Colorado.
Duane then moved on to the position of Financial Officer with Minerals Engineering Company in Denver, CO, and later accepted a position with Alhambra Mines, a gold mining company in
Reno, NV, as Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer until his retirement in 1992. Soon after, Duane and Dee moved to Loveland, CO. Their desire for retirement was to live in a nice small town with good golf courses that were easily accessible. They found that in Loveland, where Duane once scored a hole in one. Duane was an amazing husband, father, coach, mentor, active in
church, an avid golfer, and friend to many. Most of all he was a strong role model and provider for his family.
Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Dee, his parents, his sister Norma and his brothers Lewis (Louie) and Gary Don, as well as a great-grandson Jon Dughman.
He is survived by three children; Terry and wife Judy, JoLene and husband Dave Lampinen , Todd and wife Amy, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Duane spent his last four years of life at Legacy Village Retirement Community in Castle Pines, CO, where he received excellent care and was loved and appreciated by staff and residents alike.
Duane has left a legacy of hard work and commitment to security for his family, in hard times and good times. Duane will be greatly missed, by all who knew and loved him.