Duane Curtis Bragge was born June 17, 1938 in Princeton, Minn. to Oscar and Ethel (Willard) Bragge. He grew up on the family dairy farm and graduated from Princeton High School in 1956. Duane then joined the US Navy and later served in the Coast Guard. While in the service he met Joyce Pedulla and on Oct. 17, 1959 they were united in marriage in San Leandro, Calif. They made their home in Hayward, Calif. for 10 years before moving to Princeton. They have lived in Cambridge since 1976. Duane worked at Xerox, Bemis Manufacturing and Westling Manufacturing. He loved his family, adored his grandchildren and great granddaughter and spending time with them. Going for ice cream was a favorite! He was active and could always be found on his tractor, 4-wheeler or riding lawnmower. Almost daily he would stop by and visit neighbors, friends, family and church. He thought of Lakeside Christian Church as his second family. He made himself and his tractor useful there. He had an unshakable faith and a positive attitude. His great sense of humor spilled out on everyone, especially when sharing his jokes and funny emails.
Duane will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Denise (Duane) Lutterman of Cambridge; son, Shawn (Cheryl) Bragge of Cambridge; brother, Gerald (Vicky) Bragge of Princeton; six grandchildren, Laura (Luc) Swanson, Anna Lutterman, Kaleb Lutterman and Megan, Kyle and Jesse Bragge; one great-granddaughter, Aryss Lutterman; and by many other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Robin, and a sister, Audrey Holland.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Lakeside Christian Church in Cambridge with Pastor Stephen Newton officiating. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26 at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel and also one hour prior to the service at church on Tuesday.
Pallbearers are son, Shawn Bragge, grandsons, Kyle and Jesse Bragge, son-in-law, Duane Lutterman, and grandsons, Kaleb Lutterman and Luc Swanson. Interment is in Cambridge Union Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.