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Duane Keith Johnson

August 1, 1920 — February 19, 2013

Duane Keith, son of Henry Mason and Iva (Bean) Johnson, was born August 1, 1920, near Coon Rapids in rural Carroll County, Iowa. He attended rural and Coon Rapids schools and then enlisted into the United States Navy. Duane trained and served in Illinois, Texas, California, Virginia and Hawaii. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Aviation Machinist Second Class. Upon his return to Coon Rapids, Duane went into construction with his father and brothers until becoming self-employed as a carpenter in 1958. On May 14, 1946 Duane was united in marriage with Waneta Pauline Rinehart at her parents' home south of Coon Rapids. They lived in Coon Rapids until 1961 when they purchased their home in Bayard. Duane and Waneta were the parents of three sons Richard, Ronald and Randall. Duane was a carpenter his entire life and loved working with wood, tending his yard and tinkering with machinery. He retired in 1992 after a battle with cancer and in 1993 he developed emphysema which he fought the rest of his life. Duane was a member of the Church of Christ and the American Legion in Bayard. Waneta died in 2009 and Duane continued to live in their home in Bayard. With the help of hospice and the care of his family, Duane was able to remain at home when his health continued to fail. He died there on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the age of 92 years, 6 months and 18 days. Preceding him in death are his parents; wife; grandson Joshua James Johnson; brothers Floyd Johnson (Iris), Vern Johnson, Darrell Johnson (Irene), Clair Johnson (Grace), Delmar Johnson (Arlene), Donald Johnson (Ruth), and Dickie Dee Johnson as a child; and sisters Gerolene Mae Huggins (Howard) and Juanita Johnson as a child. Duane is survived by his three sons Richard Johnson of Dawson, Ronald Johnson and wife Patricia of Apple Valley, MN and Randall Johnson of Des Moines; three grandsons Ross and Tyson Johnson of MN and Colt Johnson of Perry; four great granddaughters Sydney, Kara and Kallie Johnson of MN and Jazmine Johnson of Perry; great grandson Kyle Johnson of Minnesota; brother Marvin Johnson and wife Clarabelle of Coon Rapids; sister Donna Buswell of Scranton; sister-in-law Mary Lou Johnson of Coon Rapids; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pastor Robert Rogers, Officiating Congregational Music Lula Garnes, Accompanist Casketbearers - Duane's Sons and Grandsons Richard Johnson Ronald Johnson Randall Johnson Tyson Johnson Ross Johnson Colt Johnson Interment with Military Honors Orange Township Cemetery South of Coon Rapids, Iowa American Legion Bryan Mercer Post 44 and Gurney Parker Post 357 Duane's family thanks you for your kindness and invites you to join them for lunch and fellowship at church following the committal service.

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