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Duane A Box

January 3, 2017

On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Duane Albert Box, 82, left his life here on earth to walk eternally
with Jesus.

Duane was born in Newton, Kansas on August 13, 1934 to Henry Garvin and Pearl May (Fisher)
Box. Preceding Duane in death were his parents, two sisters, Cleeta Box and Margaret Fraser,
and two brothers, Robert and William Wesley Box.

Duane was passionate about many things, but he was most proud of his ever growing family.
He carried many titles in his family; Husband, Dad, Daddy, Pa-Pa, Grandpa, Grandpa Box,
GPa, Great-Grandpa, and Father-in-Law, all of which he wore proudly.

Duane’s love of family began on June 6, 1954 when he married his love~y bride of nearly 63
years, Judith Coleen Pulaski. She survives at their lifelong home. From this marriage came four
beautiful daughters; Cindy (John) Phillips, Debbie (Larry) Morse, Vicky (Randy) Siebert, and
Joni (Gene) Krueger. He was proud of his seven wonderful grandchildren; Matthew (Katie)
Phillips, Leslie Ann Phillips, Brandon Morse, Erin (Jason) Higgins, Kyle (Rachel) Krueger, Abby
(Kaleb) Spunaugle and Annie Siebert, but the sparkle in his eye came from seven extra special
great-grandchildren; Karson Phillips, Karli Phillips, Wyatt Harvey, Vincent Higgins, Zoie Higgins,
Hadley Spunaugle, and Carter Lara.

Duane attended Newton High School where he graduated in 1953. Duane served his country
with a tour of duty that found him in Darmstadt – Eberstadt Germany. Upon his return home and
discharge from the Army, Duane began working for AT&SF Railroad. Later, he returned to
school and became a certified heating and air conditioning technician. With this education,
Duane and Judy worked as a team in Box Air Conditioning while he continued work with the
railroad. After a 42 year career with the AT&SF, Duane began retirement to enjoy his many other
interests and hobbies, but he always maintained a love for trains. His locomotive passion and
enthusiasm were always evident when he would demonstrate his N-gauge train set to other
enthusiasts, as well as the younger train lovers. In addition to his love for trains, Duane enjoyed
annual winter camping trips to south Texas with wife Judy and other members of various
camping groups. He also enjoyed working with flowers. Many will recall his basement full of
African Violets. The space dedicated for the Violets eventually gave way to his tropical fish and
Betas. He also enjoyed small reptiles, particularly his little Chameleon buddy, Kiwi. Duane liked
to work on watches and could talk for hours about watches and precision timepieces. Most of
all, Duane enjoyed people. He loved sharing a Diet Coke, or a good cup of coffee with family
and friends. When camping with Duane, it was not uncommon to find him three campsites away
talking with someone new as if they were lifelong friends. From a subtle wave to a big hello, or a
warm handshake, to a simple tip of his cap so his daughter could kiss him on top of his head,
Duane had a greeting for everyone.

The community of Newton has lost an iconic member. The vision of Duane Box walking along
the streets of Newton, through the downtown, and along the bike path, in his blue coveralls and
straw hat are now simply a fond and pleasant memory. The friendly hellos at his regular stops
will resonate no more. Duane, Husband, Dad, Daddy, Pa-Pa, Grandpa, Grandpa Box, GPa,
Great-Grandpa, Father-in-Law and friend, you will be missed. God be with you.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2016 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Hickerson Presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society in Care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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14 thoughts on “Duane A Box

  1. Judy & Family,
    We loved Duane dearly!
    The neighborhood will not be the same without him waving from the yard or a holler of hello to the girls. They loved the time he took to ask them how school was or even when he would walk over for a high five.
    We are going to miss his generosity & willingness to help with anything anytime we needed.

  2. Duane was a wonderful loving man with an outstanding family of daughters and a beautiful wife. He lived his life well and now he is doing all his talents in heaven. My mother and him are vistitng and there are the other neighbors the Jackson’s and Park’s. What a time they are having at peace with our dear Lord.

  3. What a wonderful obituary about your dad ! A wonderful man will be missed by many. May he dance with the angels !

  4. He always asked how I was and what I was doing, he was truly interested. Duane was like my own family, I will miss him.

  5. I am ao sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. Duane and Judy were the best neighbors anyone could have had. I will miss your husband and dad. He was one of a kind.

  6. Through this lovely obituary, I feel I got a glimpse of what made him so special. I am tickled by the shared passions with Kyle Krueger and also how Duane and Butch Prouty both had a love of trains! Hugs to all!

  7. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. My condolences and sympathy to you all!

  8. I loved his kind manner. His grandson is a carbon copy of him , caring and everyone likes him. Praying for this wonderful family.

  9. Rest Duane, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

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