Duane Richard Thurston

April 20, 1936January 5, 2019

OMAHA - Duane Richard Thurston, age 82, went to be with the Lord on Saturday January 5, 2019. Duane was born April 20, 1936, in Omaha, Neb., to Fred and Mary Thurston. After high school in Omaha, he attended Life Bible College in Los Angeles and then served 4 years in the United States Marine Corp from 1959-1963. Upon discharge from the Marines, Duane returned to Omaha. Duane married Edna J. Lukens on December 31st, 1964 in a private ceremony at their church. Duane worked in construction until 1967 when he began working for the United States Post Office. He retired from the USPS in 1996. Duane was a long time member of Lighthouse on the Hill, Four Square Church, where he proudly served in various service, teaching and leadership roles. Duane was a devoted family man who enjoyed reading and studying the Bible, being a part of family activities and staying physically fit through running, walking and strength training. Duane is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary Thurston; granddaughter, Lily Thurston; sisters, Hazel Rowe, and Mary Ellen Hiatt. Duane is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Edna Thurston; sons, Ricky Thurston and wife Libby, David Thurston and wife Erinn; grandchildren, Megan, Caleb and wife Erica, Logan, Jameson, Khloe; sister, Darlene Lovett; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home 5701 Center St. Omaha, NE 68106. A celebration of life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Westlawn Hillcrest Memorial Park.


  • Caleb Thurston
  • Logan Thurston
  • Jameson Officer-Thurston
  • Nathan Liby
  • Duane Hiatt
  • Dennis Hiatt


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Duane Richard Thurston

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Larry Conley

January 10, 2019

I am so sorry and surprised to here of Duane's home going. He was a good friend of mine during his years at the post office. We did not maintain contact after his retirement but I remember his retirement ceremony on the workroom floor. He told me he liked to preach at the Open Door Mission. We shared our faith and were brothers in Christ. Duane was an excellent employee with solid work ethic. I found out about his death too late to attend the funeral. I know he will be greatly missed.

Larry Conley