Duane C. Brown, age 81 of Springfield, South Dakota, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Springfield, South Dakota with Reverend Ken Johnson officiating and military honors provided by the Dwight Wood American Legion Post No. 132. Burial will be in the Lakeport Cemetery in Tabor, South Dakota at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton, South Dakota.
Pallbearers are Gary Loukota, Lowell Christenson, David Ruppelt, and Pat DeBoer.
Duane C. Brown was born January 21, 1933, in Yankton, South Dakota to Leonard and Bessie (Taylor) Brown. He grew up in Yankton and attended school in Yankton graduating from Yankton High School in 1950. He enlisted into the United States Navy where he was stationed as an aircraft mechanic on Midway Island. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Yankton and married Betty Medeck on June 9, 1956 in Dearborn, Michigan. They lived in Dearborn, where Duane began working at Ford Motor Company starting out in the mailroom and working his way up to the purchasing department for new development. He retired after 35 years at Ford Motor Company and moved back to Yankton. They later moved to Springfield, South Dakota in 2007.
Duane was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Springfield where he was active as a chairman and elder. Duane was always seen wearing his cowboy hat and boots and enjoyed working on Ford cars, watching Michigan State and the Detroit Lions, reading Louis L'amour books, woodworking, painting, drinking coffee in Tabor with his friends, and driving the '66 Fairlane in area parades.
Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly (Joel) Nelson of Elk Point, South Dakota; close family friend, June Ruppelt of Springfield, South Dakota; brother, Leon (Kay) Brown of Sun City, Arizona; sister Lavaune Brown of Norfolk, Nebraska; and his little dog, Kahli.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty on November 12, 2012; and three sisters: Hattie White, Phyllis Brown, and Carol Rattray.
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Rest in peace, my brother. I and Kay will miss you and we have many good memories.
We love you.
Leon and Kay
Your class of 1950 always looked forward to seeing you at the reunions. You & that cowboy hat & boots will be missed. We'll see you again, Duane. God's Blessings!
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