Truckee, Calif. - Duane Louis Dickman, 60, was peacefully taken into the loving arms of Jesus at his home in Truckee, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, after a valiant battle with cancer.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Reno, Nev., with interment following at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend and encouraged to share your stories and memories of Duane on memory cards that will be available at the reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Duane’s memory to the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry in Reno, Nev.
He was born to June (Dickman) Holmstrom and Donald Dickman in Thief River Falls. He spent his youth in Thief River Falls, where he and his buddy Dave, had a penchant for causing mischief. He did show focus and responsibility with maintaining a paper route starting as a youth, which became a vehicle route in high school. Working at Bjorkman’s Clothing Store gave him a good sense of class and style, upon which his wife, Julie, relied.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1973 through 1982. Opting to enlist rather than be drafted, he was a helicopter gunship pilot during his tour in Vietnam. After Vietnam, his Air Force career mainly focused on security and law enforcement, including on-call status as an FBI certified hostage negotiator. He spent a year stationed in Greece, which he cherished. He also was chief of security for Sugar Bowl Corporation for one season, before moving on to spend 25 years working at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District in various capacities as a maintenance technician, warehouse manager, and operations technician.
He had a love for music, especially classical, Manheim Steamroller, Kenny G, and Josh Groban. He even played the violin during high school and college. He also was very fond of theatrical productions, immensely enjoying the Broadway Comes to Reno productions and an occasional Broadway show in Las Vegas. He found music and being on or near large bodies of water, like the ocean, soothing to his soul.
Duane treasured the honor to be able to serve Christ through his ministries of Sacristan, Head Eucharistic Minister, and Lector with his church family of St. Albert the Great.
When it came to food, he had a very good sense of seasonings. He loved to barbeque, especially for friends and family, try new restaurants, tweak recipes, watch Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and was known among friends for his Superbowl Nachos and chicken wings.
He was a news junky – usually reading two newspapers and watching at least two hours of television news a day. He also was an avid 49ers fan.
He was very fond of his two cats and especially his beloved dog, Astro, who passed a few months before him.
Duane is survived by his wife of 27 years, Julie; mother June Holmstrom; daughter, Jamie Nichelle Kullman (spouse Guy); grandson Kaylin Joshua Kullman; sisters, Mollie Ose, Val Zahara (spouse Craig), Laura Paddock (spouse Gary), and Juanita Prestegaard; brother Dean Prestegaard; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Metzger; brothers-in-law, Wayne Metzger, and Dave Metzger (spouse Cindy); and a wonderful host of nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Duane was preceded in death by his younger brother, Stuart; his father, Eugene Prestegaard; his Aunt Evelyn; his granddaughter Marlie Nichelle Kullman; grandparents, and other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Duane will be forever in our hearts.