Duane Arsene De Witt, of Mora, died on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. He was 77 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating.
VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service.
INTERMENT will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Duane Arsene De Witt was born on January 14, 1934 in Rapid City, South Dakota 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 February 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.
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 DeWitt, Shari Cole (Tony), Brian 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 DeWitt, Mark, James, Geoff & Lisa Masters; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 13th 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 DeWitt, Lyle Thompson, Arden Berglund and Carter Ray. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.