Wayne Duris

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Wayne Duris, 83, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, left his mortal shell to be with the Lord on May 5th, 2020. He slipped away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.


Wayne was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of late Marie & Matthew Duris. Wayne was the eldest of 5 siblings (Rochelle, Allen, Ted & Susan). He was preceded in death by his stepfather Victor Baker (whom he considered his father), grandparents Alice & John Jaeschke, brother Allen Duris, sister Rochelle Kresovic, and son Jeffrey Duris. On June 28th, 1958 he married the love of his life, Margaret Neargarth, who survives.


Wayne loved music—it was the rhythm of his life. He taught himself how to play guitar and bass, and played with several different bands, from polka to rock. Although he never had a formal lesson in his life, Wayne could play any key signature by ear. He would sit in front of the television, playing along to live performances of the Grand Ole Opry and He-Haw. Wayne was the bass player and backup vocalist for the Nashville Rejects for over 50 years—he loved being on stage and entertaining others. Wayne was also proud to be part of the “Three Dads”—a trio group from his church.


Wayne was a man of deep faith. Throughout the years, he was actively involved as a Sunday school teacher, youth ministry leader, Lutheran Brotherhood member, and member of the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH). Not only was Wayne an active member of the congregation at Adoration Evangelical Lutheran Church, he was also part of the choir, praise band and the Three Dads. Wayne had a close relationship with God, and a strong belief in all faiths. Although he came from little, he was extremely generous and kind.


Wayne was a devoted family man. He loved all 6 of his children: Jeff (Debbie), Lori (Myron), Scott, Mark (David), Dawn (Mark), and Thomas (Angela). Wayne loved to spend time with his grandchildren Christina, Megan (Nick), Melissa (Alex), Brooke, Lauren, Maggie, Zach and Leann, as well as his great grandchildren Sierra and Avery. Wayne loved family gatherings, vacationing in Pembine, spending time out on the Menomonee River, fishing and camping. Wayne was always quick with a joke and loved to make everyone laugh. Above all else, he loved his wife of nearly 62 years, Margaret, with his whole heart.


Due to these uncertain times, no funeral service is planned as of yet. Notifications will be forthcoming for a celebration of life event at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Adoration Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3840 W. Edgerton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221.


  1. Honee Pawlowski May 16, 2020 at 11:34 am - Reply


    Dear Mag, and family,’

    I am so very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. As many I am so honored to have had him in my life for over 40 years. I have so many memories of spending time with him at work, at bars, Christmas parties, fairs and the list goes on. I am very glad that I recently had the opportunity to chat with him and once again remissness about our friendship and he was able to talk to be about his health and I was able to thank him for being such a wonderful friend to me at work and outside of work. He always made a point of asking me if I was good, what was new in my life and that he missed me when we hadn’t seen each other in awhile. I will so miss out chats and his jokes. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Please keep me informed of his celebration of Life I would so love to be a part of that. Mag you have my number.

    My deepest sympathy
    Honee Pawlowski

  2. The Rev,Carol Hegland May 18, 2020 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Dear Margaret and family, my heart breaks for you, with you. Wayne was truly a gift to my life and my ministry. No Pastor could ask for more blessings than Wayne and all of our family poured out on me. Wayne gave so much to his church, to our city, to the world – including his powerful embodiment of St Nicholas! Even his jokes were a joy.
    May all the memories, all the neverending love, and the sure nd certain promise of the Resurrection comfort and hold you. You are all in my prayers. Pastor Caol Hegland
    Do be in touch (carolhegland@att.net)

  3. Michele (Hinckle) Osowski July 31, 2020 at 1:18 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathies to the whole family.

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