Dec. 6, 1930-Feb. 17, 2014
Duane Joseph Zehms was born to Joseph and Elvia (Baker) Zehms on December 6, 1930 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and graduated high school in Lake Park.
After graduating from high school, Duane joined the United States Army and fought in the Korean War. After getting back stateside, he attended Wahpeton School of Science, where he studied automotive mechanics.
In 1955, Duane met Helen Gamer. They were married on April 25, 1959 in Frazee, and moved to Roseville, Minn., where their four children were born. In 1978, they moved to Pine City.
Duane worked for 30 years as a mechanic for the State of Minnesota. In addition, he served in the Army National Guard for 30 years until his honorable discharge in 1990.
He was member of the Heath Perkins American Legion Post No. 51 and the Novak-Milliren VFW Post No. 4258. He also served on the Honor Guard.
Duane loved deer hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandkids.
Duane died February 17, 2014 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.
Surviving Duane are his wife of 54 years, Helen Zehms; children, Michael Zehms of Brook Park, John (Therese) Zehms of Ham Lake, Elizabeth (Dennis) Mulvaney of Grasston AND Mary Zehms of Isanti; grandchildren, Katheryne Mulvaney (fiancee Joseph Nordrum) Lucas Mulvaney, Blake Zehms and Tiffany Zehms; many other relatives and friends.
Duane's parents, Joseph and Elvia (Baker) Zehms, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Swanson Funeral Chapel, Pine City. Music was provided by Willie Frietag. Casket bearers were Dennis Mulvaney, Lucas Mulvaney, Blake Zehms, Joseph Nordrum, Brad Nordrum and Kirk Lindahl.
Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Military honors were provided by Heath-Perkins American Legion Post No. 51, Novak-Milliren VFW Post No. 4258 and the Minnesota National Guard.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service, Swanson Chapel, of Pine City (www.funeralandcremationservice.com).