Duane “Duke” Truman Huisman, 81, of Waverly, died Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Duane was born November 3, 1936, in Wellsburg, Iowa, the son of Harm and Rena (Weichers) Huisman. He was baptized in Ely, Iowa in 1941 and confirmed in Buffalo Center in 1950. He graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1955. He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1960. On August 21, 1960, he was united in marriage to Betty Gordon in Kensett, Iowa. He worked for Fred’s Super Value, Sears Roebuck, Teleconnect Directory Service, KXEL Radio, KWAY Radio and Spahn and Rose.
Duane was a member of AMVETS and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly. In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf, woodworking and furniture building. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.
Duane is survived by his wife, Betty, of Waverly, one son; Kurt (Rena) Huisman of Fairfax, Virginia, one daughter; Cherolynn (Kris) Engstrom of Renton, Washington, five grandchildren; Petty Officer 2nd Class Sydney Huisman, Travis Huisman, Thyjse Engstrom, Gunnar Engstrom and Phinneas Engstrom, one brother; Roland (Eileen) Huisman of Alabama. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, LaVerda and a brother, Alan.
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