Fr. Charles Duman

Obituary of Fr. Charles Duman

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            Fr. Charles Duman, age 97 of Mitchell, SD and formerly of Yankton, SD passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at Avera Brady Nursing Home, Mitchell, SD where he had been entrusted to hospice care.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Monday, February 1, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Salem, SD. The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood, Bishop of Sioux Falls, will be the main celebrant of the Mass.   Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton, SD at approximately 1:45 PM, Monday, February 1, 2021.  Walk through visitations will be 5 to 7 PM, Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Onsite Crematory, Yankton, SD and then one hour prior to the service at the church.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, friends and family are encouraged to participate through live streaming of Fr. Duman’s services at:  Those wishing to attend in person are required to wear a mask and to practice social distancing guidelines.  Online condolences may be made at:

            Charles J. Duman was born on May 5, 1923 in Hartington, NE to Ben & Leone (Wiebelhaus) Duman.  One of six children, he was baptized on May 6, 1923 at Holy Trinity Church in Hartington. The Dumans would later move from Hartington to Wynot, NE where Charles attended elementary school at St. James and then to Vermillion, SD where he attended high school.  In 1942, Charles enrolled at St. Bernard Seminary in Sioux Falls, a work of the Mariannhill Fathers. When the seminary was closed in 1943, Charles transferred to the seminary’s Brighton, MI location where he completed his minor seminary formation under the direction of the Mariannhill Fathers. He would go on to attend major seminary at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana.   On May 3, 1952, Charles was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend William O. Brady at Saint Agnes Church in Vermillion.  Upon his ordination until 1963, Father Duman served as an associate or temporary administrator at Christ the King and Cathedral parishes in Sioux Falls and also at the Yankton, Aurora, White, Hartford, and Huntimer parishes. In 1963, he was assigned pastor for the first time in Marion. He would go on to serve in pastorates at Scotland, Vodňany, Estelline, Garretson, and Castlewood. Beginning in 1981, Father Duman would serve at chaplaincies to the Sacred Heart Monastery, the SD Human Services Center, and the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton. From 1992 until 1996, Father Duman served in his final assignment as pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Wakonda.

            Father Duman retired from his last assignment in 1996, but that hardly slowed him from offering priestly ministry. Father Duman ministered many times to the REC (Residents Encounter Christ) program offered to inmates within the South Dakota Penitentiary. In addition to providing substitute ministry for pastors at many locations, Father Duman went on to offer priestly ministry at Hartington, NE, Salem, Marion and Mitchell. While residing in these communities, he provided regular liturgies and other sacramental ministry to parishioners and to members of senior living facilities. In fact, Avera Brady Home and the Bishop Hoch Villas was his residence for nine years before his death.

            Of the many accomplishments that Father Duman achieved in life, two stood out for him. He was always proud to have been the first male graduate from Mount Marty College (1968, B.A. in English Literature). Even more frequently, Father Duman was known to regularly, and with humility, share stores of reconciliations he had come to after experiencing hardships and misunderstandings with parishioners and friends.

            Father Duman was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by most of his 41 nieces and nephews.

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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory
601 West 21st Street
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
also one hour prior to the service at the church

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Monday, February 1, 2021
St. Mary's Catholic Church
330 Idaho Street
Salem, South Dakota, United States


1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday, February 1, 2021
Sacred Heart Cemetery
North Douglas
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
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Fr. Charles Duman

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Fr. Charles Duman

1923 - 2021

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