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Duane Buck

July 27, 1921-March 20, 2008

Duane Andrew (Dewey) Buck, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday March 20, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Center, Detroit Lakes.

Dewey was born to Swedish immigrants Charles and Inga (Johnson) Buck on July 27, 1921 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up with twin sister Dorothy in a family of seven children at the family home in Detroit Lakes. He received his education in Detroit Lakes, graduating with the class of 1939. Following high school, he attended Gustavus Alolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. An accomplished athlete, he was a member of the Gustavus football team.

During World War II, Dewey enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the destroyer USS Kidd in the South Pacific. After the war, he completed college and began a career in the hospitality industry. Dewey worked in hotels in Yellowstone National Park, California and Arizona. He helped open the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and spent a 30-year career there as head of the bell staff.

In 1984, Dewey retired and returned to Detroit Lakes, where he lived in the family home. He was a regular at the Detroit Country Club, where he pursued a passion for golf. He competed in the Pine to Palm golf tournament and later was a marshal during the tournament. In May 2007, at age 85, he was still able to shoot 69 on the Executive Course. During the winter months, he played cards with friends throughout the lakes area.

Other interests included hunting, fishing, cooking, and following Detroit Lakes Laker sports. He could be often found on a Laker fan bus heading to an out-of-town game. Frequently he would bring a pan of his famous caramel rolls. He was also known for his love of animals, including his dog, Judy.

Dewey will be remembered for his interest in people. He loved being with others. He followed the academic and athletic careers of his nieces and nephews and their children. He loved a good joke, and was known through the area as a prankster.

Dewey is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceding Dewey in death were his mother, Inga; father Charlie; brother, Richard Harold; sister, Myrtle; brother Carl; brother John; sister, Ione Reid and twin sister, Dorothy Blum.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Historic Holmes Theater Ballroom in Detroit Lakes.

Memorials for Duane A. Buck may be sent to the Detroit Country Club, Detroit Lakes Athletic Foundation, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Emmanuel Nursing Center or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is handling arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at