Duane O. Osmonson, 85

Published 10:37 am Thursday, December 8, 2016


Duane O. Osmonson, 85

Duane O. Osmonson, 85

Duane O. Osmonson, 85, of Staples, Minnesota, passed away Nov. 27, 2016, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Duane was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Manchester, Minnesota, to Rufus and Valda (Boe) Osmonson. He was united in marriage to Betty Pump at St. Augustine’s Church in Austin, Minnesota, on Dec. 2, 1950. In 1952, Duane entered the U.S. Army, where he served for 21 years. He was the maintenance director for the Gerard School in Austin for many years. Duane was a member of St. Augustine’s; he also attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and the Eagles club. A hobby farmer, Duane enjoyed gardening and raising flowers.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, dancing, and playing cards.

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Duane is survived by Betty, his wife of 65 years; his children, Cheryl Osmonson, of Rochester, Greg Osmonson, of Staples, Brian (Lynette) Osmonson, of Pattonsburg, Missouri, Cynthia (Bruce) Whiteaker, of Austin, Keith (Julie) Osmonson, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and Carolyn Osmonson, of Austin; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four brothers, James, Merlin, Errol, and Craig; and two sisters, Dorothy and Marilyn. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Lowell and Don, and two infant brothers.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Austin. Visitation will be at the church during the hour prior to Mass.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.