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Duane Cornelius DeutzDuane Cornelius Deutz was born on July 28, 1937, on the family farm north of Marshall to Hubert and Cora (Kerkvliet) Deutz. He grew up and attended school in Marshall and graduated from Central Catholic High School. Duane then graduated from St. John's University where he was an All American football player. On August 22, 1959, he was united in marriage to Sharon Sullivan. He worked for Deutz and Crow Sand and Gravel. In 1961, he was invited to try-out for the newly formed Minnesota Vikings. Duane began his career with The Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York and worked for them as an agent and district manager for nearly 40 years before retiring at 62. For the last 14 years, he has tended to the grounds at Savannah Oaks Golf Course. Duane was an avid golfer and walker. He enjoyed walking at Camden and later at Savannah Oaks. He and Sharon wintered in Arizona for many years. Duane also enjoyed traveling in his early years to his brotherâs resort at Lac des Mille Lacs in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In later years, he looked forward to annual pheasant hunting with his brothers in North Dakota as well. Duane died on Thursday, January 4, 2018, after a brief hospitalization at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center following years of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Lynd, children Eve (and Ward) Wyffels of Marshall, Douglas Deutz of Marshall, Julie (and Rob) Jacob of Medina, Karen of St. Louis Park, grandchildren Casie (and Michael,) Sarah (and David,) Ian (and Sara,) Jordan, Sydney, and Cole, great-grandchidren Ava, Marin, Holden, Tate, Marlow and Reagan, siblings Antoinette Anderson, Delores Pidcock, Marian Mulvahill, Ron (and Mary) Deutz, Judy (and Alan) Olsen, Gretchen Kellogg, Janet (and Bob) Carlson, Loren (and Lynn) Deutz, David (and Chris) Deutz, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to, The Capital Campaign for Holy Redeemer Education Center or Prairie Home Hospice. Go Vikes!!
Dear Aunt Sharon and family, We are sad for your loss. I liked and admired my Uncle Duane. He was friendly, kind, and quite an athlete. I know you will miss him a lot. I just read Uncle Loren's tribute to Duane which my brother John sent me. I was very moved and it brought back a lot of old and good memories of days gone by. I was touched seeing Uncle Duane caring for Grandma when we visited her early in our marriage. Uncle Duane also calmly helped in a joint rescue operation for Carol when she was bounced out of our raft into the river at a Deutz family reunion in the rockies! Hope we can make it back to Minnesota sometime and catch up with our wonderful relatives. With much love and our prayers, Tim and Carol Mulvahill
Tim and Carol Mulvahill Jan 16 2018 12:35 PM
Sending much love to you all Sharon, Eve, Doug, Julie and Karen, your spouses and children, and grandchildren. I have many of fond memory of times spent together as families playing, laughing, celebrating holidays etc. My heart and prayers go with you all during this, one of life's most difficult times. May you find solace and strength in each other and may God bring you peace in knowing that Duane is at the Lords side and golfing happily in Heaven. Much Love, Stacy
stacy (sullivan) heath Jan 11 2018 2:51 PM
Dear Sharon and Family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss of a great husband and father. Duane was my friend since high school. We were very close as football players @ St. Johns. Boy, that guy was some great running back. But I really became a close friend in recent years as golfing buddy's at Savannah Oaks. I came to love and admire him for his many fine qualities. I will miss Duane. But I know he has gone to a better place. Love, Jim Longtin
Jim Longtin Jan 10 2018 6:33 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Duane Deutz
Marion Jan 9 2018 11:44 AM
Love never dies
Marion Jan 9 2018 11:44 AM
Dear Sharon and Family, We are so sorry for your great loss. Randy remembered the fun stories of his Uncle Duane and brothers Ron and Tom. We remember your hospitality over the years and so glad we saw you both in Marshall in 2015. Sending Love, Randy and Carol
Randall Crow Jan 7 2018 3:41 PM
Sending our deepest sympathy to all of Duane's family. We know that he will be missed greatly. Talk about all the good memories often, and lean on one another for comfort. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Jill (Dirckx) Erickson Jan 6 2018 4:09 PM