Duane A. Herald, age 92 of Baldwin WI, died on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Park View Home in Woodville. Duane was born on August 31, 1919 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin; the son of Lee and Helma (Hanson) Herald. He was raised in Spring Valley where he graduated from high school in 1937. He furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin – Stout where he received his degree in teaching. He taught industrial arts for Chippewa Falls High School for a short time. During this time, he joined the Civil Service in Chicago in December of 1941. He was recruited by the United States Navy. He served during World War II prior to being honorably discharged in November of 1945. In 1946, he was united in marriage to Anita Peterson. This union was blessed with daughter Trudy. Together, they made Baldwin their home. She would later precede him in death. As a young man, he worked for Jostens in Owatonna for a short time before beginning a long and prosperous time for Herald & Zillmann Chevrolet in Baldwin. He basically did everything there, from driving tow truck to selling cars; the only thing he didn’t do was get under the hood. Following this, he was a leading force to help build the ‘new’ Baldwin Care Center. He served as their first Administrator and worked there for fifteen proud years. In 1992, Duane was united in marriage to Jeannette Howard. They have lived in Baldwin their entire married life. Duane was a former Village of Baldwin board member, active member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, and helped construct the current church. He was a lifetime member of Collins Masonic Lodge, and the Baldwin American Legion Post. Duane was a respected and practical man. He enjoyed woodworking and fixing things; why buy new when you can fix it! He also enjoyed boating on Balsam Lake and pheasant hunting in the Dakotas.
Duane is survived by his wife Jeannette, sister Jean Burke of Baldwin, daughter Trudy (Rich) Loney of River Falls, stepsons Bruce (Maggie) Howard of Versailles, KY, Kyle (Donna) Howard of Woodville, granddaughters Kristin Loney (fiancé Gavin Wiersma) of River Falls, Emily (Paul) Ware of West Milwaukee, Jenny Loney of River Falls, step grandchildren Justin (Nicole) Howard of Fountain, MN, Jordan (Marie) Howard of Madison, WI, Tyler Howard of Sun Prairie, WI, Sarah (Jonathan) Borders of Lexington, KY, Amanda Howard of Pensacola, FL, Allison Howard of Lexington, KY, and step great grandchildren Mason and Ellie Howard. He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Anita, and his grandson.
Funeral Services for Duane Herald will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence Street, in Baldwin. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to services at church, and from 4:00-7:00PM on Sunday at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street, in Baldwin. Burial will follow at the Baldwin Cemetery. Active casketbearers will be Justin Howard, Jordan Howard, Tyler Howard, Gavin Wiersma, Paul Ware, Amanda Howard with honorary casketbearers being Keith Gregerson, Roger Van Dien, Orville Britton, and Robert Zwald. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin WI. 715-684-3434.