|8/28/2019 4:01:00 PM|
Eugene Duerksen, 69, of rural Delft died Aug. 18, 2019, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at 10 a.m., at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Galen Kauffman officiating.
Speakers will be Steve Dick, Pastors Richard Duerksen and Galen Kauffman and Jackson Stoneking.
Special music will be provided by Marlene Harder, pianist; Becky Jungas, organist; Phil Duerksen, Lynn Stoneking, Thomas Stone-king, Barney Wall, Macee Duerksen and Eugene's grandchildren, vocalists and instrumentalists.
Pallbearers will be Barry Duerksen, Luis Garcia, Dusty Schrader, Luke Buckholtz, Joe Buckholtz, Heath Buckholtz, Duane Duerksen, Will Sommer and Bryan Rempel.
Interment will follow at Delft Cemetery in Delft.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Friday at the church in Mt. Lake for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Eugene Bernard Duer-ksen was born Nov. 11, 1949, to Ben and Linda (Rupp) Duerksen. He grew up on a farm in Dale Township of Cottonwood County with four brothers: David, Edward, James and Richard.
As a young child, Eugene learned to play the piano by ear. He also played the accordion and harmonica.
He attended Green Hill Country School through sixth grade before graduating from Windom High School in 1967. After attending two years of Bible School in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, he received an evangelist license from a Christian pastors group (Evangelical Church Alliance).
In 1972, Eugene married Margaret Buckholtz of Mapleton. They were blessed with four children.
Eugene bought nine acres in Delft in 1970 and he and Margaret evolved it into Maranatha Ministries, which provided retreats for churches and youth programs, a coffee house ministry in the old Delft Creamery, records and CDs, and traveling throughout the country singing and sharing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
In addition to his gospel ministry over the years, Eugene worked at Delft Lumber Yard, Aaron Link ServiceMaster, with Leo Bartosh on his garbage route and for Steve and Cheryl Dick at KBQ Swine Feed Mill near Mt. Lake. He also milked cows for Walter Unruh near Delft and was township assessor for 32 years.
Later in life, Eugene enjoyed making over 30 three-ring binder history books of family, communities, Maranatha Ministries and his diabetes journey.
Eugene also had many health issues over the years. In 1967, at age 17, he developed diabetes and had a loss of eyesight and was on kidney dialysis before receiving a kidney transplant in 1992. He had triple-bypass heart surgery and survived West Nile virus with encephalitis. He also had amputations of his lower left leg and right toes before developing skin cancer and shingles.
Because his health issues limited his activity, he was still able to take time to pray for more than 200 people each morning, while encouraging others over the phone.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward and James; father-in-law, Phillip; and brother-in-law, Bob.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Margaret Duerksen; children: JoAnna (Bruce) Miller, Joshua (Heather) Duerksen, Lynn (Thomas) Stoneking and Phillip (Candice) Duerksen; seven grandchildren; brothers, David (Mary) Duerksen and Richard (Deanna) Duerksen; sister-in-law, Joan Duerksen; mother-in-law, Murial Buckholtz; sisters-in-law, Judy (Stan) Rempel and Sue Sommer; and brother-in-law, Larry (Fran) Buckholtz.