Richard E. Duwe Jr.

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Richard "Dick" Edgar Duwe Jr., 78, of Garnavillo, was called home by his heavenly father Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, on the family farm near Clayton Center of an apparent heart attack.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Gary Hatcher.

Interment was at Clayton Center Cemetery, Clayton Center, with military honors conducted by the Garnavillo American Legion Post #723 and the Iowa Army National Guard.

Dick was born April 24, 1940, to Richard Sr. and Florence (Handke) Duwe on the family farm on Miners Creek Road in Guttenberg. He attended country school until 1952 then graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1958.  On Feb. 9, 1963, Richard was united in marriage to Rose Marie Heins at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. To this union four children were born, Michael, Diana, David, and Daniel. Shortly after this union Dick was drafted into the Army in May of 1963 where he served overseas as a Military Police Officer where he served guard duty at Miesau, Germany for 18 months. Dick returned home in April of 1965.  He worked at the box factory after hours during high school and later Farley and Lecture, Hilton and Trademark Homes for 20 years, 3M in Prairie du Chien for 17 years retiring in 2001. He then went into farming full time with his son, Mike. Farming was what he liked best. You would find him along with the whole family cutting grass on weekends. He was known as a workaholic.  Dick was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed a good game of cards, going out to eat,  and spending time with family and friends. He was also seen as a man that would help anyone in need, always there to lend a helping hand and would never say “No” to someone in need.

Left to cherish Dick’s memory is his wife of 55 years, Rose Marie; children Diana (Brennan) Cody of Eastman, Wis., David (Beth) Duwe of Garnavillo, Daniel (Crystal) Duwe of Guttenberg; five grandchildren, Brianna Cody, Brett Cody, Isaiah Duwe, Brandon Duwe and Abigayle Duwe; two sisters, Judith (Lorraine) Taake of Elkader, and Bonnie Garlow; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald Duwe; and son, Michael Duwe.

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