John Wayne DeWerff

1950 - 2021


John Wayne DeWerff “Duke”, 70, of Nokomis, died on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 12:55 p.m.

            Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 10th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Nokomis from 5 to 7 p.m. and in the morning of Thursday, November 11th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The funeral services will follow at 11...

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Clem & Doris Huber

November 10, 2021 1:11 PM

Carolyn & family,
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the DeWerff Family. What a great person who always had a smile for you.  John gave all he had to life and enjoyed every moment.  Sorry for the lose of such a good fighter.

Charles Dinquel

November 9, 2021 5:37 PM

Tradition and Splendor Basket was sent by The Dinquel Family.

Amber Dinquel

November 9, 2021 2:04 PM

I'm glad I was lucky enough to meet John several times throughout my life, and that my own tenure at Illinois State University brought him and my dad, Chuck, back together. Hardly a month went by in my life when my dad didn't recount some ridiculous story about the two of them, and no matter how many times I heard them, I always laughed. I hope he's in heaven now getting pitching advice from Bob Gibson and shagging balls to Lou Brock.

Chuck Dinquel

November 9, 2021 8:15 AM

As a batterymate of John's I want to share a story that tells of John's ability to face difficult circumstances with humor.  While at ISU John and I saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid numerous times together. Sundance, like John, was lefthanded and he often thought of himself as that character. While on the mound in one particular game, bases were loaded, John calls me out to the mound and proceeds to ask if I saw Joe Lefors on the other team.  When I said No, he said, Good - I thought we were in trouble. What happened next in the movie was pretty much what happened with the next hitter.  John didn't talk much but when he did he had a way of making you laugh.  He was my best friend and I will Miss him Every Day.  My condolences to you Carolyn and the entire family.  My tears are flowing for my friend, a great man, God rest his soul in peace

Rick & Linda Graden

November 8, 2021 6:57 AM

Carolyn and family. It’s with a heavy heart that we extend our deepest condolences.  A courageous wonderful man lost too soon. John fought and graciously overcame challenges that most of us have never and will never experience. He will be missed. Treasure the memories and hold them close. God be with all of you during this trying time.

Rick & Linda Graden

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