Peterson, Duane Clinton 87

Duane C. Peterson 87, of Cokato passed away at Cokato Manor on 12/18/2019.
Memorial service: 11 AM Saturday, 12/21/2019, at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.
Visitation: 3-7 PM Friday, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, and 1hr prior to service at church on Saturday..
Prayer Service: 6:30 PM Friday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home Cokato

Duane Clinton Peterson was born at Heatwole, Hutchinson, Minnesota on July 1, 1932, to Elmer and Agnes (Jenneke) Peterson. He was baptized as an infant at Faith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson and later confirmed his faith as a youth. He received his education in the Hutchinson area, and graduated on May 31, 1950 from Hutchinson High School.

Duane joined the United States Navy in 1952 and actively served until 1956. He spent time aboard the destroyer USS Rowan DD782 as a fire control officer. Duane served in the Naval Reserve from 1956 to 1960. On November 7, 1953, while in the service, Duane married Marcella Hintz at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. They were blessed with three children.

After service, the couple made their home in Cokato until 2014 when they moved to the Good Samaritan Apartments in Howard Lake. Duane was employed as a master bricklayer. and cement finisher at Martinson Construction for 40 years. After retirement, he worked for several years at Functional Industries in Cokato.

Duane enjoyed hunting, fishing, and listening and dancing to country music (Smoking Guns, River Canyon and South 40) with Marcella, his wife of 66 years. He loved spending time with family and friends. Duane was a member of the Cokato American Legion, Ridgerunners snowmobile club, and very active in his church, St. James Lutheran, serving as an Elder and in many other positions.

Duane passed away at Cokato Manor on December 18, 2019. He had reached the age of 87 years, 5 months and 17 days.

Survivors include: wife, Marcella; daughters Cindy Hoskins (fiancé Chuck Duncan) and Brenda (Randy) Schaufler; and son, Wayne (Kathy) Peterson. Grandchildren: Melissa (Stefan) Hamilton, Michael (Jenny) Hoskins, Ryan (Nikki) Schaufler, Rodney Schaufler (fiancé Shantay Krumray), Trevor (Lindsey) Peterson, and Shauna Peterson. Great-grandchildren: Briana Anderson (special friend Andy Miller), Katelyn Anderson, Mason Anderson, Wyatt Hamilton, Maggie Hamilton, Hailey Hoskins (special friend Maddy Benson), Devin Hoskins and Lexi Hoskins. Brother Lowell Peterson; sisters Lavonne Kaufman, Muriel (Harold) VonBerg, and Lois (Gary) Hoffman. Sister-in-law Delores Peterson. And by many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Agnes; father- and mother-in-law William and Effie Hintz; brothers Lloyd (Loretta) Peterson and Omar (Edith) Peterson; brothers-in-law Hillard Kaufman, Ray Peterson, Clinton (Audrey) Hintz, Ellwood (Evelyn) Hintz, William (Doris) Hintz Jr., and Marvin Hintz; and sister-in-law Barb Peterson. Also several nieces and nephews.