Duane Burdette Young was on born July 12th, 1935 in Creston, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Marjorie (Hill) Young. Duane entered into eternal peace on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.
He attended country school north of Prescott and graduated from Prescott High School in 1953. During his school years Duane was active in basketball, baseball and drama.
After graduation he went to work for the Creamery in Corning.
He married Phyllis Jean Gearheart on September 18th, 1985. He held jobs at Spring Oil and then Lavely and Reedhead Insurance.
Duane stayed very active in town team basketball and baseball. He was also active in the community as a member of the Junior Chamber. Weekends often involved pulling the Nimrod pop-up camper to a local lake for a weekend around the campfire. He organized, printed and circulated the “News From Around the Square” dance schedules for many years. Duane also spent countless hours teaching and calling Square Dances for the youth and adult groups in Corning. He also attended State and National Square Dance conventions far too many to mention.
In 1972 he moved to Shenandoah and went to work for KMA radio in advertising sales. Shortly after that Duane moved his family to Sidney and worked for Pullman Insurance. Duane’s love for basketball was still strong as he spent many an evening down at the school playing ball with the high school players as well as Sunday afternoons playing makeup games in the gym. The years were full of high school sports during the week and most weekends there was a Square Dance to call. In 1976 he returned to KMA to work.
In 1987 he married Merna Blackburn. Duane and Merna lived in Shenandoah until 1989 at which time they moved to Glenwood, Iowa. In Glenwood they owned and operated Midwest Lanes Bowling Center. They remained in Glenwood until 1998 when Duane retired and they moved back to Shenandoah. Duane kept busy with golf, bowling and attending the grand-kids school events.
There was also time to travel with Merna including a winter spent traveling the southwest after she retired. He also enjoyed spending afternoons on the tractor mowing the sod field.
Duane enjoyed being a salesman, calling square dances, camping, golfing, bowling & especially going to the grand-kids sporting events. Through all of his travels he never knew a stranger wherever he went and whatever he was doing.
Duane is preceded in death by his wife Merna; parents Lloyd and Marjorie (Hill) Young; brother-in-laws Vernon Lawrence, Gerald Murphy, Jimmy Murphy (at birth), Clifford Shankel, Jack Hutt, Jerry Hatch, Don Coursey and Gratis (Trigger) Nuckolls; sister-in-law Jean Shankel, father and mother-in-law Ralph and Alice Murphy as well as Ellie Myers infant daughter of Justin & Jennifer Myers.
Duane is survived by his sister, Carmelita Lawrence; son Bruce Young and wife Brenda; daughter Brenda Myers and husband Pat; and son Scott Young; step-daughter LeAnn Farnsworth and husband Ryan; step-son Jeff Blackburn and wife Tina; grandchildren: William Young and wife Karen, Kenny Young, Justin Myers and wife Jennifer, Jeremy Myers and wife Monica, Joshua Myers and wife Kay-Leigh, Jared McManis and wife Erin, Clayton Young, Brad Young, Melissa Farnsworth, Jennifer Blackburn, Austin Blackburn; great-grandchildren: Vanessa Young, Hank Myers, Lacey Myers, Xander Myers, Zane McManis and Kenley McManis.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Burial followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.