Deforest - Charles F. Duane April 14, 1927 - December 4, 2012
Charles' final wish: to die at home, as a gentleman and with dignity, was granted; surrounded by his family on Tuesday morning.
Charles "Chuck" enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking, designing and building radio-controlled airplanes, fishing, music, electronics, photography and reading. He served in the US Army medical corps from 1945 to 1948 and married his high school sweetheart, Delores M. Rector on February 10, 1946. Following service to his country, they moved back to Madison to raise their family of five children. He retired from Oscar Mayer Foods and enjoyed many memorable years on the family's hobby farm near South Leeds.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Lois Duane; his wife of 50 years, Delores; son-in-law, James Schultz; brothers, Bernard, Ivan and John; sisters, Sandy, Marge and Frances and a great granddaughter, Alexa.
Surviving loved ones include: daughter Pam Schultz of DeForest (special friend, Ted Breunig), son Derek (Emily) of Poynette, daughter Marie (Ted) Glover of Westby, daughter Carol (Joe) Stanek of McFarland, son Steven (special friend, Rita Erickson) of DeForest, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and his beloved friend Gloria Hustad of DeForest. Surviving siblings are sisters, Gloria Duane and Jackie Turvey of Madison and brother, David also of Madison.
The family wishes to thank Agrace HospiceCare for their recent support and also wishes to thank all their friends and neighbors for their kindness, support and understanding over the past several weeks.
Schroeder-Cress Funeral Home, 3325 E. Washington Ave., Madison is serving the family. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with a memorial service at 1:00 PM. A luncheon will follow.
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To the Duane Family, My deepest symphony goes out to you and yours today. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
We will miss you Grandpa but are so happy you are with Gramma again!
We have many great memories of Chuck since he became a special part of our family! We enjoyed having Chuck with us when we would go to Rockford to watch the "double-decker" races. He was a very interesting, knowledgeable, kind and considerate man. We always enjoyed our visits. He is truly an inspiration and we are blessed to have known him. You will be sadly missed! Until we meet again, Chuck!
Chuck was an amazing man, very thoughtful too! When he still lived at the farm house a cat had a litter of kittens in a tree. He said I needed another cat so he brought over the cutest little kitten in a cool whip container :). My mom couldn't say no because I had already named the cat "Squeaks" before Chuck even left. Squeaks is still part of our family today, 11 years later, thanks to Chuck :) He will be missed dearly!
They say the greatest compliment to a man is to have a child who reflects the love they were shown growing up. I only know Marie through Tabby Town but if the wonderful , giving, caring person she has become is any indication of the person Charles was, then he was truely a great man who will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. May the memories of the good times lighten your hearts and give you peace.
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