OBITUARY: Dr. Duane Allen Ewers


Dr. Duane Allen Ewers, 88, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on January 29, 1935, in Bottineau, North Dakota.

Duane’s long life embodied the best of what it means to be human: a generous spirit, an endless supply of grace offered to all, a delightful sense of humor, and faithfulness to all he touched. He was a wonderful teacher, a lifelong learner, and a pastor, sharing his wisdom with others throughout his life.

Duane is survived by his wife, Judith E. Smith; his sister, Phyllis Petz; his children, Tim (Tammie Berghuis), Jon (Susie), Brian, and Beth Herman-Drake (Sean); his stepson, Tobie J. Smith (Katie); and the mother of his children, Helen Ewers. He had 12 grandchildren whom he adored and a faithful dog, Dakota.

He was predeceased by his brothers Don and Bill, his sister Edyth, and his parents, Lloyd and Alice.

Duane chose cremation, and his ashes will be buried at Larkspur Conservation in Westmoreland, TN. There will be a graveside service for family and a memorial service at a time to be determined.

Memorial contributions can be made to Africa University, Second Harvest, or Reconciling Ministries Network.

Please join us in remembering and celebrating the life of Duane Allen Ewers. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.


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