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Duane Thompson

March 27, 1930-April 9, 2011

Duane O. Thompson, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by his loving family.

Duane Oliver Thompson was born to Theodore and Alice (Sands) Thompson on March 27, 1930 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He lived and attended school in various towns in Minnesota and North Dakota as a young boy. He later moved to Detroit Lakes, where he lived with his grandmother, Minnie Sands and his uncle, Oliver Sands. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1948.

Duane then served in the United States Army from 1948 to 1949. Following his active duty, he served in the Army Reserves for 10 years and the North Dakota Air Guard for 10 years.

While working at Blanding's Department Store in Detroit Lakes, Duane met the love of his life, Marlys Long. On August 13, 1955 they were united in marriage at First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes. They made their home in Detroit Lakes.

Duane attended the St. Paul School of Associated Arts in St. Paul for the next two years, traveling home to be with Marlys on weekends. After graduating, he worked in Fargo as a commercial artist and later for the bulletin plant in Fergus Falls. He was then asked to establish the curriculum and teach Commercial Art at the Moorhead Technical College. He later did the same for the Detroit Lakes Technical College. He retired in 1985.

Duane was a gifted artist who enjoyed painting landscapes in oil. He also was an avid hunter and golfer. He enjoyed collecting black powder guns, wooden duck decoys, old wooden tools, and collectable signs. He was a member of First Baptist Church, serving as trustee, usher and head greeter.

Duane is survived by his wife, Marlys; special niece, Lucinda (Chris) Moore of Detroit Lakes, and two little nieces, Rylee and Leslie Moore; nephew Brian (Angie) Long of Farson, Wyo.; niece, Donna Jean (Tom) Johansson of Bemidji; several other nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Hugh (Donna) Long of Detroit Lakes; and one sister, Barbara (Frank) Knourek of Plymouth, Minn.

Preceding Duane in death were his parents and one sister, Louanne Kolb.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the messages of sympathy section at