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Duane Orval Erikson
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1924
Custer County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 2011
Dawson County
Nebraska, USA

Duane Orval Erikson of rural Arnold passed away on December 16, 2011, in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Duane was born October 8, 1924, on the family farm on Tallin Table south of Arnold to Martin and Hazel (Cole) Erikson, their only child.

Duane grew up farming and ranching. Duane attended rural grade school at District 240 and graduated from Arnold High School in 1942 where he was active in music. After high school, he continued working on the family farm and ranch, never wanting to do anything else.

On September 1, 1948, Duane married Norma Oman. Three
children were born to this union, Dan, Bruce, and Lori.
Duane believed in improving the land and received awards in conservation, Eco farming, and grassland management. He respected the land and marveled at God's creation. He would point out the minute petals and stamens of the wild flowers he would bring home to Norma. There were always wildflowers in the house in season.

Duane enjoyed music. He played the saxophone and several string instruments as well as participating in various vocal groups, continuing on the family tradition of music. As a child he would stand on the piano bench while his mother played the piano and his father the violin.

Duane liked to read of the pioneers and early history of the West. He enjoyed telling of the old days and of life during the depression when his Dad saved the farm.

Duane served on the election board for Elim Precinct for 50 years, school board for over 20 years, church treasurer for 20 years, and the ASC board for 10 years. He was also involved as a leader in 4H and active with the youth of the community.

Duane was fond of horses and always had a good horse. He helped relatives and friends with work and cattle drives, always with the kids wanting to ride with Duane on either the horse or tractor. Duane considered his aunts and uncles as brothers and sisters, spending much time with them on cattle drives. His first cattle drive was at age 4 when his uncle threw him in his saddle.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents.

Duane is survived by: wife of 63 years, Norma; sons Dan of Salinas, California and Bruce of Denver, Colorado; daughter Lori and husband Greg Sorensen of Lincoln and a host of relatives and friends.

burial was in the Tallin Cemetery, Custer County, NE. 
Family links: 
  Martin Erikson (1894 - 1977)
  Hazel Cole Erikson (1904 - 1982)
  Norma Oman Erikson (1926 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Tallin Cemetery
Custer County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: CPR
Record added: Dec 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82087032
Duane Orval Erikson
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 Added: Dec. 17, 2011

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