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Duane Cogger

Aug. 24, 1936-Feb. 24, 2013

Duane H. Cogger, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at his home.

Duane was born the son of Edward and Bertha (Leu) Cogger on August 24, 1936 in Teletrachie, Miss. He was raised in Richwood.

Duane served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1957. He was united in marriage to Lillie Barry on December 10, 1957 in Detroit Lakes. As a young man he worked for Bower Tree Service in Mora. Duane later became a heavy equipment operator, working for Soby Construction in Fergus Falls for a few years, and spent most of his career with Sellin Bros. in Hawley until his retirement in 1996.

Duane was known for his ability to build beautiful totem poles. He enjoyed stock car racing, collecting old cars, going to the casino, visiting and having a cup of coffee with old friends. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting in Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Alaska. Duane also traveled to various states during his retirement years.

Surviving Duane are his two daughters, Jill (Brian) Andring of Detroit Lakes and Kelly Schlauderaff of Audubon; five grandchildren, Krysta (Jean-Paul) Lipton, Kara and Thomas Andring, Jessica and Matthew Schlauderaff; six sisters, Norma "Jean" Bakka of Ogema, Donna Stowman of Tempe, Ariz., Joan (Gary) Nichols of St. Paul, Shirley (Alfred) Johnson of Callaway, Patricia (Terry) Lindsay of Auburn, Wash., and Marilynn Sue (Dan) Holt of Detroit Lakes; two brothers, Monty (Karen) Cogger of Sartell and Rick (Julie) Cogger of Callaway; sister-in-law, Sarah Odegaard of Lake Park; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Duane in death were his parents; wife, Lillie (1997); brother, Edward Cogger; and three brothers-in-law, Clem Bakka, Jack LeVan and David Odegaard.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the funeral home.

Arrangements were entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guest book section at