Nielsen, Duane V. “Duke” (1930-2010)

U.S. Veteran Duane V. “Duke” Nielsen, 79, of Warren, MN, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at his home in Warren.

Duane was born on November 11, 1930 in Warren, the son of Ole and Hannah Elvira (Bossman) Nielsen. He graduated from Warren High School in 1948 and worked in various grocery stores until he was drafted in the United States Army in 1952. Duane worked in guided missile repair with the 138th Ordnance Company and had assignments at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL and White Sands Proving Grounds in Las Cruces, NM. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1954 as Corporal. After returning to Warren from the Army, Duane went to work for Bremer Bank in 1954. He worked as a teller, bookkeeper and cashier and earned his degree in Bank Administration from the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI in 1962. Duane retired in 1992 as Vice President of Operations. He married Dona Fagerstrom on October 4, 1958.

He was an active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and served his church in many capacities, from Sunday School Superintendent to Trustee and Treasurer. He also served on the Bible Camp board and was on the board when the camp was moved from Warren to Bluewater. Duane is past Commander, Adjutant and Financial Officer of American Legion Post #27 in Warren and is a member of the Salvation Army Marshall County Service Unit, where he served as Treasurer. In 2006, Duane was honored to be Marshall County Outstanding Senior Citizen. Duane enjoyed motorcycling, traveling and spending time with family.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Dona; four children, Kathy (Bob) Strom of Castle Rock, CO, Deb (John) Denesik of Anthem, AZ, Julie (Bob) Ingebretson of Alexandria, MN and Val (Jeff) Grand of Hutchinson, MN; eleven grandchildren, Karl, Kirsten and Britta Strom, Jordan and Brooke Denesik, Amanda, Ian and Mattie Ingebretson and Corey, Lyndsey and Mitchell Grand; sister, Yvonne Haney of Andover, MN; sister-in-law, Norry Nielsen of Niagara Falls, NY and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harlan Nielsen; and special aunt, Florence “Fussy” Bossman.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky