DuWayne E. Berndt, 48
Delavan DuWayne Edward Berndt, age 48, of Delavan, passed away Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. A funeral service was held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton, Pastor William Sabol officiated. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells assisted the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.brussheitner.com
DuWayne was born March 25, 1969 in Mankato, the son of Bernard and Betty Lou (Jordahl) Berndt. He attended and graduated from Minnesota Lake High School, the class of 1987. Dewey went to Austin Technical College where he played football and graduated in 1989. He worked for Sam’s Club and Walmart for over 22 years, and most recently Seneca Food in Blue Earth for three and a half years. Dewey also attended Auctioneer school and was a licensed auctioneer and appraiser, working for Krupp & Associates and Baroda Auctioneering. He also worked alongside his wife Shellie in her DJ business. Dewey was a volunteer for the Freedom Run for over 11 years, and the Faribault County Relay for Life for seven years. He was also an Elder and Usher at St. Peter Lutheran Church for many years. He enjoyed playing baseball with the Minnesota Lake Royals, deer hunting, fishing, horse back riding, collecting John Deere memorabilia, and riding his Harley. Dewey’s passion was racing sports compact cars at Fairmont Raceway. Dewey was always helping others and would drop anything for his family and friends. Dewey was a dedicated father, coaching youth football and baseball, being a Drama Dad for the Maple River Drama Club, and attending his children’s events and concerts. Dewey is loved and missed by many, many friends.
Dewey is survived by his wife, Shellie; children: Josh, and Abbie; mother, Betty Berndt, of Easton; aunt, Norlean Berndt, of Easton; siblings, Russ (Janice) Berndt, of Good Thunder, Deb Steinhauer, of Albert Lea, and Tammy (Neil) Aadsen, of Kiester; mother-in-law, Kathy Wiederholt, of Huntley; brothers-in-law, Tom Wiederholt, of Huntley, and Chad (Celeste) Wiederholt, of Richfield; nieces and nephews, Katie (Skylar) Wigen, of Janesville, Cody Berndt, of Easton, Brandon (fianc Kelsey) Berndt, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Nick and Ava Wiederholt, of Richfield; great nephews: Trey and Brody Wigen; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Bernard Berndt; niece Anna Aadsen; father-in-law, Dale Wiederholt.