Lanesboro - Duane Carlyle Kuyath, 74, of Lanesboro and formerly of Thief River Falls, died suddenly of a heart attack on December 14, 2005 in Clearwater, Fla.
Funeral services will be held in Lanesboro in the spring of 2006.
Duane was born May 23, 1931 in Lanesboro, the son of Harry Carl and Laura Petra (Stensgaard) Kuyath. He was baptized on July 4, 1931 and confirmed in 1945 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro. He attended public school in Lanesboro and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1958.
Duane married Constance Ann King on Februrary 13, 1954 in Enfield England.
After serving in the Air Force, Duane worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and was stationed all over the United States, including Winslow, Ariz., Chyenne, Wyo., American Samoa, Muskegon, Mich., and finally in Thief River Falls where he lived with his family for 15 years. After retiring from the FAA, he worked for Sears in Thief River Falls and eventually retired for good in Clearwater, Fla. In 2001, Duane and Connie bought a summer home in Fertile, so they could spend more time with their children and grandchildren.
Duane was a member of the American Legion. He was a collector of coins, toy tractors and antiques. He could fix just about anything and enjoyed helping friends and neighbors with any kind of project around the house. And most of all, he loved playing with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Connie; four children, Laura (Allen) Pierson of Fertile, Carl Kuyath of Fergus Falls, Frances Jenkins of Frankfort, Kent., and Petrina (Matthew) Travers of Woodbury; brothers, Karl Kuyath of Paradise, Calif., and Curt Kuyath of Yorkshire, England; and one sister, Dorothy Himili of Fountain.
He was preceded in death by his parents.