Duane Howard Blowers, of Mora, died on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the St. Cloud VA hospital. He was 76 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Grace Lutheran Church of Mora on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 2 pm with Rev. Brenda Wicklund and Rev. Doug Larson officiating.
VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
INURNMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery of Mora at a later date.
Duane Howard Blowers, of Mora, died peacefully on September 15, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, MN. He was 76 years old.
He was born October 22, 1934 in Mora to Evelyn (Wickstrom) and Howard Blowers. At the age of 13 he lived with his uncle and aunt, Leonard and Hilda Blowers for a year. They had six children at that time but made him a part of their family. They thought of Duane as a brother instead of a cousin.
He joined the Navy at the age of 16 by lying about his age and served in the Korean Conflict from 1950 until 1954 as a BM3. Duane met Patricia “Pat” Anne Miller and they were married in Mason City, Iowa on February 23, 1955. They both enjoyed traveling together, including being remarried in Hawaii for their 50th Anniversary.
Duane worked as a machinist for 2 years in Minneapolis and drove a truck transfer for 20 years. In 1970 Pat and Duane bought acreage in Ogilvie, MN where they crop farmed, raised beef cattle and milked cows. They retired from farming in 1987.
Duane will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Shirley Doheny.
He is survived by his wife Pat of 56 years, 2 aunts, an uncle, nephew Billy Dohney of AZ, nieces, Kathy Doheny of AZ, Lauraine (Gordon) Brown of AZ, Martha Doheny of AZ, many cousins and friends.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 20 at Grace Lutheran Church of Mora with Rev. Doug Larson and Rev. Brenda Wicklund officiating. Music was provided by Jackie Peterson and Peggy Erickson.