Pastor Duane Fahr

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pastor Duane Fahr, age 64 of Bloomfield, Neb. passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Bloomfield. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Burial was in the Bloomfield City Cemetery.

God in His wisdom and by His power, created the life of Duane Lloyd Fahr and on June 11, 1947. He was born to Floyd and Martha (Hinkeldey) Fahr in Alta. Having been born to Christian parents, Duane was brought to the waters of Holy Baptism and was baptized on June 22, 1947 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Alta.

Having the Holy Spirit work in his life, Duane stood before the St. John's Lutheran Congregation on March 26, 1961, and confessed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Pastor R.M. Lammers gave Duane his confirmation verse: Matthew 18:20, which reads: "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

On Jan. 9, 1972, Duane married the love of his life, Julie Grienke, and they farmed together in Galva. God gave Duane and Julie three children: DuAnne, Denise, and James. In the spring of 1983, Duane and Julie left the farm in Iowa and headed to Concordia College in Seward, Neb., where he studied for four years, receiving his Bachelors Degree. After Seward, the family moved to St. Louis where Duane attended the Seminary and graduated on May 24, 1991, with his Masters of Divinity. He received his first pastoral call to a dual parish in rural Schuyler and Howells, Neb., where he was ordained on July 7, 1991. Duane served these congregations in Schuyler and Howells until 1998, when God moved him to serve St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Deshler, Neb. In 2004, God moved Duane to serve First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, Neb., where he continued to serve God's people until he was called to his Savior's side on April 21, 2012, when the Lord sent His angels to carry the soul of Duane Fahr to God's eternal kingdom in heaven.

Surviving Duane on Earth to serve our Lord and Savior is his beloved wife, Julie Fahr of Bloomfield, Neb.; children, DuAnne Deremer and husband Curtis, Denise Pratt and husband Bill, and son, James Fahr; grandchildren, Ben, Emily, and Thomas Pratt; sisters, Loretta Kendall, Darlene (Milton) Caboth, and Ardiss (Bob) Galvin; brother, Loren (Betty) Fahr; in-laws; nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends too many to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Martha Fahr; two grandparents; two brothers-in-law; and a sister-in-law.