Duane was born Jan. 14, 1934 in Rapid City, S.D. to Wayne and Opal (Peterson) De Witt. The family moved to the Mora area in 1940 where they built the family farm. Duane attended Little Ann Country School and high school in Ogilvie where he loved to play football. Duane enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March of 1953. He played football for the Corps and served his country proudly until 1956.
On Feb. 16, 1955 he married Charlotte Grant and they had 4 children. Duane worked most of his life in Cement Masonry on many large projects including the Mayo Clinic. Duane was a member of Bricklayers and Craftsmen Union and a member of VFW Post 363.
On July 23, 1977 he married Dorothy Bergstrom and they lived in Fridley before coming back to the Mora area.
He loved the great outdoors, hunting, country music, the Vikings and Twins. He spent time fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors with his kids and grandkids. Duane loved his family and was always there to help a friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter Jeanne Marie.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Mora; children Suzan Beckman (Steve), Julie De Witt, Shari Cole (Tony), Brain De Witt (Wendy), Vicki Anderson (Jim) and Deborah Grosklags; brother Milan De Witt (Mary); sisters Delores Peterson and Diane Turnacliff (Dell); grandchildren Desiree Cuda, Brian & Jennifer Beckman, Brandon & Aaron Ringer, Natasha Carter, Levi & Gia Cole, Brianna, Kyle & Ethan De Witt, Mark, James, Geoff & Lisa Masters; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 13 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating. Pallbearers were Brian Beckman, Brandon Ringer, Aaron Ringer, Mark Masters, James Masters, Geoff Masters and Levi Cole. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle De Witt, Ethan De Witt, Lyle Thompson, Arden Berglund and Carter Ray. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements were handled by the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.