Duane Branden, 86, died on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at his home in Barnesville with his family by his side.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Barnesville, MN with Rev. Chris Leach officiating.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Friday, July 20, 2018 with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville, MN. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Duane Arlen Branden was born on May 11, 1932 to Carl and Lizzie (Danielson) Branden in Audubon, MN. He grew up in Audubon where he attended school and graduated in 1950. During high school, he cut ice from Detroit Lake and loaded onto rail cars. Following school, Duane joined the US Air Force and served his country from 1952 to 1956. He was an MP stationed in Hawaii for a long time.
In February of 1959, Duane married Connie Deborah Homme in Detroit Lakes, MN. They raised their family in several places throughout his life including Houston, Texas, Bismarck, ND, Dilworth, MN, Audubon, and Barnesville, MN.
Duane worked for Western Electric in Houston, Texas. They moved to North St. Paul, MN and he worked at Eggum Industries. While living in Audubon he worked for Haukedahl Trucking. In 1980, they moved to Barnesville where Duane worked at Farmers Coop in downtown Barnesville. After retirement, he worked at Monsanto Industries in Glyndon.
He was a member of the VFW, The 40 et 8, the American Legion and served on the 7th District American Legion. He enjoyed playing baseball during his lifetime and was a big fan. Duane’s hobbies included gardening, fishing, and hunting. He was particular about having a nice lawn and spent countless hours in his garden. He enjoyed his routine and meeting up with the gang at the Pool Hall. He and Connie enjoyed dancing together. Duane also made some tasty country style ribs.
Duane is survived by four children: Terry Branden, Moorhead, MN, Mitchel Branden, Fargo, ND, Blaine Branden, Barnesville, MN and Karen (Dennis Jacobs) Branden, Rochert, MN; nine grandchildren: Chad, McKenzie, Jayce, Ashley, Dylan, Tasha, Olivia, Blake, and Adam; sisters: Carol Haukedahl and Doris Katz, both of Lake Park, MN; and special friends the Tweeton Family, many nieces and nephews.
Duane was preceded in death by his wife Connie in 2011; four brothers: Larry, Dean, Marlyn, and Lamoine Branden and his parents.
Duane's Memorial Folder