Duane David Judd, 78

Published 10:47 am Friday, January 23, 2015

Duane David Judd, 78, of Albert Lea, died unexpectedly at his daughter’s home in Mesa, Arizona, on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.



He was born on March 7, 1936, in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Leonard and Lillian (Gulbrandson) Judd. He graduated from Pacelli High School in Austin, Minnesota. Duane enlisted in the US Navy in 1956 and received his honorary discharge in 1960. He also had been active in the National Guard.

Duane married Magdalen “Maggie” Miller on Jan. 13, 1962, and they made their home in Albert Lea. He was employed by Streater Inc. in Albert Lea for 32 years before retiring in 2001. He had been a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church, the Eagles, Moose and Amvets. He enjoyed taking in auctions, rummage sales and going to the casino. Fishing, trips to Ely, his CB Radio Club, and caring for his beloved dogs were favorite pastimes. He treasured time spent with his grandchildren and his embellished stories, “good advice,” and never ending pranks will always be great memories.

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Those left to cherish Duane’s memory are wife Magdalen “Maggie”; children: Teresa Judd (Javier Tabares) of Mesa, Arizona, David Judd of Owatonna, Ruth Judd (Miguel Garcia) of Albert Lea, John (Stacy) Judd of Albert Lea, and Joann (Mark)Oakland of Albert Lea; grandchildren: Anthony (Tami) Charlton, Gonsalo Tabares (Randi), Alexander Tabares (Katie), Angela Judd (Junior), Tabitha Caballero, Miguel Garcia, Jessica (Ryan) Walters, Sara Judd, Matthew Judd, Calob Oakland, Chloe Oakland, Chaz Oakland and Courtney Oakland; great-grandchildren: Katelynn Charlton, Chandler Charlton, Andre Judd, Logan Kilen and Landon Walters; brothers: James Judd of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Mike Judd of Austin, Minnesota; sisters: Mary Ann Ruffins of Albert Lea, and Barbara (Ron) Huffman of Austin, Minnesota; sisters-in-law Helen Judd, Dolores Judd, and Anna Miller all of Austin, Minnesota, MaryEllen Miller of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Keith and Wayne; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Clarence, Ivan and Victor Miller, John Ruffins, and Mary Ann and Gene Mayer.

A celebration of life for Duane will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Timothy T. Reker and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Interment will be in St. Theodore Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by Albert Lea Veteran’s Organizations. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour before the service at the church.

Duane will be remembered as being the good spirited jokester of the group, and the always present glint in his eye will be greatly missed.