Duane N. (D.K.) Koller
Duane (D.K.) Koller, 87, Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society – Luther Manor, in Sioux Falls, SD.
Family will greet friends from 5-7pm, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at St. John American Lutheran Church, 1912 West 13th Street, Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30am, also at St. John American Lutheran Church, Thursday, July 12. Burial is at the Rosehill Cemetery, Parker, SD, with Full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John American Lutheran Church.
Duane N. (D.K.) Koller was born on Sunday, November 9, 1930 in Turner County, SD to John H. and Maxine G. (Finley) Koller, Sr. DK attended country schools in the Parker, SD area through the 8th grade and graduated from Parker High School in 1949. He enlisted in the SD Air National Guard in 1949 while still in high school. He traveled extensively with the 175th Fighter Squadron. His Air Force and Air National Guard Service accumulated to over 41 years of military service. He retired from the SD Air National Guard in 1990 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. D.K. also served on the Sioux Falls Air Show Committee for many years.
On June 9, 1957, he was united in marriage to Joann M. Walser at Parker, SD and to this marriage two children were born; Jeff and Jennifer. The couple lived in Sioux Falls, SD. Joann passed away on October 23, 1977.
DK later married Paula R. Evenhuis on July 11, 1997. D.K. was a member of St. John American Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. He enjoyed entertaining people with his musical talent and was a licensed civilian pilot, taking his last flight on his 80th birthday.
Among D.K.’s greatest joys were his family, lead singer for over 20 years with D.K. and the Coachmen playing shows almost every weekend in the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s, flying in the RV3 with the Vanguard Squadron, hanging out with the Tea airport gang and attending debriefings at the Tea Steak House on Thursday evenings, being a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 289), emceeing the Retiree Coffee at the air base, hosting Backyard Beaver Brunches and neighborhood parties, playing country music with the Funt Brothers, and entertainment director for Air Guard and EAA Christmas parties. He was inducted into South Dakota’s country music hall of fame in 2007. He will be greatly missed by those he charmed with his sense of humor, his music, and his kindness.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Paula; his children, Jeffrey (Lauri) Koller and Jennifer (Mike) Thompson; his grandchildren, January, Jeremy, and Paris Koller; Jessica, Julia and Jasmine Thompson; seven great-grandchildren, LaTaya, Sylis, Naudiyah, Makynzie, Keiton, Emileigh, and Jace; step grandchildren, Aaron and Andrew Garry; two sisters, Gerry Magnuson, Parker, SD; and Donna Friman, Loveland, CO; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; five brothers, John, Dale, Ronald, Marlyn and Dennis Koller; and three sisters, Shirley Terrava, Patricia Marso and Darlene Kehm.