Frederic Duane Retter


Frederic Duane Retter was born February 2, 1936 to Harold and Cordelia (Brouse) Retter, and was reunited with them on Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2019 from heart failure. He had an alert mind, a hearty spirit, and a confident faith to the last.

Duane loved farming and sold equipment at his Heckley-Sheffer IH Implement dealership in Winchester. He was a member of Antique Tractors of Jay County. His yard sale/garage was always open and he was often seen mowing his lawn with his Cub Cadet. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

Duane is loved by his wife of 65 years, Joan (Thompson) Retter of Portland, IN; his children, Debbie and Mike Brunson of Portland, Steve and Chris Retter of Winchester, and Rhonda and David Evans of Portland; five grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; and eight brothers and sisters, Ed (Pat) Retter of Jerseyville, Illinois, Rita (Carroll) Densmore of Winchester, Carolyn (Jim) Rees of Winchester, Nelson Retter of Lynn, Jane (Carroll) Beck of Winter Haven, Florida, Sue (Rev. Jerry) Brumfield of Winchester, Linda (Ed) Haynes of Richmond and Joyce Relly of Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families in this area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ward Retter and Phillip Retter.

Graveside services for Duane will be on Tuesday, May 18, 2019, at New Liberty Cemetery in Lynn, with Dale Bales officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Shalom Center, 124 E. Washington St., Winchester, IN 47394.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at