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Duane Lidstrom

Duane Lidstrom

March 2, 1914-Feb. 10, 2013

Memorial Services for Duane W. Lidstrom, 98, of Detroit Lakes are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, June 24 in the Congregational Church-United Church of Christ in Detroit Lakes with Reverend Mark Kuether officiating.

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Duane died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Duane Wallace Lidstrom, son of Knute and Elna (Modey) Lidstrom, was born in the village of Richwood on March 2, 1914. He grew up in Richwood, graduated from the eighth grade there, was a 1931 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, and received a Bachelor of Education degree from Superior Wisconsin State College in 1936.

After teaching for one year at Central High School in Superior, Wis., he resigned to continue his education at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a master's degree in history in 1938.

Returning to Detroit Lakes, he worked at the Detroit Lakes Tribune until November 1940, when he received an appointment to serve as junior custodial officer at McNeil Island, Wash., a federal penitentiary. Shortly after his training period he was transferred to duty at Alcatraz in California.

After working at Alcatraz, Duane returned to Detroit Lakes and resumed his work at the Tribune.

In March of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. A month later he was called to active duty, reporting to naval training in San Diego, Calif. Upon completing "boot camp" he attended U.S. Navy Hospital Corps School, and was transferred to duty at the naval hospital in Corona, Calif.

Subsequently he was transferred to the Section Base at San Pedro, Calif., and was discharged as a pharmacist's mate second class on April 15, 1943.

On that same date he accepted an appointment as ensign in Navy supply and disbursing and was ordered to attend Navy Supply Corps School at Harvard University, graduating in August of 1943.

He then reported to Camp Perry, Williamsburg, Va., and was assigned to the Armed Guard Center in San Francisco, Calif. In January of 1944 he reported for duty as supply and disbursing officer aboard a U.S. troop transport, a Dutch vessel chartered by the U.S. Navy. Lidstrom was one of eight U.S. naval officers aboard ship. He continued in that capacity until his discharge from active duty in October 1944, receiving an honorable discharge in January of 1956 as a full lieutenant.

Following his Navy discharge, Duane returned to Detroit Lakes where, in June of 1948, he married the former Pearl Hansen of Detroit Lakes. He joined his brothers Carl and Irvin at the Detroit Lakes Tribune, becoming co-publisher and managing the advertising department.

When the Lidstroms sold the Tribune in 1964, Duane continued to sell advertising for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Becker County Record until his retirement.

Duane was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a former member and president of Kiwanis, a past director and president of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and a long time active member of the First Congregational Church.

Duane was an avid bowler; he bowled with various teams over a span of 50 years, finally retiring from league play at the age of 91. A conservationist at heart, he planted hundreds of trees -mainly spruce and red pine. His love of the outdoors turned into a love of gardening; every summer Duane planted a wide variety of vegetables to share with family and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl, in 2008.

They were the parents of three children, Paul (Carol) Lidstrom of Whitefield, N.H., Marilyn (David) Larson of Willow City, N.D., and Joel (Liz Wanschura) Lidstrom of Caledonia, Minn.

Duane and Pearl also had seven grandchildren, Kristin Lidstrom Rubenoff, Jenny Jarvinen, Matt Jarvinen, Hilari Anderson, Zoë Lidstrom, Amelia Lidstrom and Kai Lidstrom.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes can be shared at