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Duane E. Wunn

Jun 26, 2014

ESTHERVILLE – Mass of Christian Burial for Duane E. Wunn, 88, of Spirit Lake and formerly Estherville will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Monsignor Michael Sernett as Celebrant. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon with military rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.

Duane was born June 1, 1926 in Everly to Amel and Veria Wunn. The family included Maxine, Naomi, and Gordon Wunn all of whom preceded Duane in death. Wilbur, the oldest child, died during the Great Flu epidemic of 1918.

Duane was raised in Spencer until the death of his father, Amel Wunn. Veria moved the family back to Everly where Duane attended high school.

Duane enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He was the youngest sailor on the USS Wann, a destroyer escort, spending a year in the Pacific during World War II. The USS Wann supported the Battle of Okinawa and Leyte Gulf. In later years Duane enjoyed annual reunions with his shipmates from the USS Wann.

After discharge from the Navy, Duane returned to Spencer where he found work usually involving trucks. He met Dolores Pape of Sheldon while rollerskating. Before too long he had saved his money for a new car for the frequent trips to Sheldon.

Duane and Dolores were married in Sheldon on July 19, 1949. They spent a year in Spencer before moving to Algona and then on to Estherville in 1952. They moved into their Estherville home on Fifth Avenue North in 1955.

Duane and Dolores welcomed daughters Dianne and Debra to the family in the early 1950s. A third daughter, Donna, died just after birth in 1953. A fourth daughter, Denise, was born in 1964.

Duane spent 14 years in the freight transfer business; including time spent running his own freight business, Wunn’s Transfer. In 1964 he went to work for Golden Sun Feeds. At the time of his retirement in 1991, he was driving a truck throughout northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota. After leaving Golden Sun, he drove school buses and ART buses for several years.

Duane and Dolores were lifelong members of Saint Patrick’s Parish. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight in 1964. During retirement he assisted with rebuilding the kitchen at St Patrick’s Duhigg Center, drove parishioners to medical appointments and cooked many dinners for the Knights and other parish events.

In retirement, Duane and Dolores traveled to Minnesota and Virginia to visit their grandchildren; Tim, Anna and Patrick Bode and John, Matthew and Caroline Cancian. They enjoyed visits to Denise as her career took her to Washington state, Ames and Grafton, Mass. They joined the Pape family on a pilgrimage to Rome in 2002. Their family had several gatherings in the woods of northern Minnesota.

In November 2011, Duane and Dolores relocated to Keelson Harbour in Spirit Lake. They enjoyed wonderful care from the staff of Keelson Harbour. There were many visits by the Pape family, the Wunn/Wright cousins, their daughters and their families. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com