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Duane Gladue - March 27, 2010


Duane Frank Gladue was born Dec. 9, 1922 to Alphonso and Mary Gladue in Walhalla, N.D.
Duane grew up on a farm outside of Walhalla. He was the eldest of eight children: three brothers and four sisters.
After high school he joined the Navy, completing the Naval Training School (Signal) at Farragut, Idaho in June 1944. Duane served in the Pacific during WWII.
Shortly after leaving the service Duane met his loving wife and life partner, Marjorie Makinster of Lamar, Neb. Duane and Margie were married May 15, 1948 and farmed for many years with Margie’s parents, Nellie and Bill Makinster.
After Bill retired, Duane continued to farm wheat and corn in and around Lamar and Venango. Duane was always early to rise to get the job done. He valued hard work and a straight row.
Duane and Margie lived in Lamar in the home they bought in 1953 until they moved into the Imperial Heights in Imperial, Neb., in 2004.
Duane passed away early Saturday morning, March 27, 2010 at the Imperial Manor. He was 87 years of age.
Besides farming Duane enjoyed spending time with Margie, his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was a referee for elementary school basketball, as well as taking time to umpire youth baseball in the rural Lamar area even though it was summer and the days were long. Duane and Margie enjoyed traveling to see their children and grandchildren, going to Tucson for spring training and the Denver Broncos. He also enjoyed a good game of cards with family.
Duane was a member of the Chase County ASC, serving as vice-president in 1963 and 1964. He was a life-time member of the American Legion, Venango branch. He and Margie were members of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial since their marriage in 1948.
Duane was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marjorie, in 2007. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Alphonso and Mary Gladue; brothers, Alva and Robert Gladue; sister in-law, Alice Gladue; brother-in-law, Raymond Danielson; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Nellie Makinster; sister and brother-in-law, Eula and Charles Briggs; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Norma Makinster.
Duane will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his children and their families: daughter, Shirleen and Wayne Fowler of Fresno, Calif., granddaughter, Cora and Andy Silva and children Josie and Rachel, of Clovis, Calif.; son, Richard Gladue of Fairfax, Va., and grandson, Aaron and Adreaa Gladue and children Griffin and Jillian of Richmond, Va. Also surviving are brother, George and Lucille Gladue of Seabring, Fla.; sisters, Stella Taylor, of Minnesota, Jean and Dale Grubb of Wenatchee, Wash., Ramona Danielson of Grandforks, N.D., Marlene and Jim Burckhart of Grandforks; and sister-in- law, Shirley and Sid Tallman, of Pawnee City, Neb., numerous nieces and nephews.
Duane will be lovingly remembered for his hard work, dedication to his family, his sincerity, sense of humor and good will. He often helped out strangers passing through Lamar who found temporary or long term work in the fields with Duane.
His children and family are grateful for his guidance and love and for being part of his life. He and Marjorie will be deeply missed and remembered for their love. Their role model of love and life will be reflected in our families forever. Thanks mom and dad we can never replace your love.
A Rosary was recited March 30 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Imperial.
Mass of the Christian Burial was held Wednesday morning, March 31, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Imperial, with Father Bernard Lorenz celebrating.
Military rites were by the Venango VFW and American Legion.
Interment followed at Green Lawn Cemetery, Lamar, Neb.
A memorial has been established in Duane’s memory.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.