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Duane Wesley Wicks

Duane Wesley Wicks

Duane Wesley Wicks, 78, of Nevis, MN died on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his home.

Duane was born on December 11, 1940 in Rockford, Illinois the son of Wesley and Doris (Ratze) Wicks. He lived in Illinois until the age of 5 when he moved with his family to Akeley, MN. He grew up and attended school in Akeley, where he graduated in 1958. At the age of 18 he began working for Warner Manufacturing in Akeley. He was united in marriage to Sophia Louise Schmid on September 17, 1960. They raised five children. Duane dedicated his working career to Warner Manufacturing, which he later purchased and renamed Wicks Wood Products.

Duane was an avid hunter and enjoyed a great love of the Outdoors. He was very outgoing in his community, a member of the Lions Club, St. John's Lutheran Church of Akeley, MN. He enjoyed his card games. He will be remembered as a happy, generous and family loving man.

He is survived by his five children - Shari (Gary) Kris of Little Falls, MN; Donald (Kathy) Wicks of Nevis, MN; Stephen (Sharon) Wicks of Fridley, MN; Sandie (Bryan) Lenander of Nevis, MN; Stacy (Tom) Tabatt of Little Falls, MN; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; His siblings - Margaret Crawford of Brainerd, MN; Dennis (Darla) Wicks of Park Rapids, MN; Janice Wicks of Milwaukee, WI; Beverly (Arrol) Disselbret of Princeton, MN.

Several nieces and nephews. Also his special friend/companion - Velora Schroeder.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his spouse - Sophia.

Funeral Services were held Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Akeley, MN. Friends may leave online condolences at Arrangements are being handled by the Cease Family Funeral Home of Nevis, MN.