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Duaine Kalkbrenner

Duaine Kalkbrenner, age 71, of Atwater, died Sunday, April 21, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Willmar.  Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in rural Atwater.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home in Atwater and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Duaine LeRoy Kalkbrenner was born July 7, 1947, in Litchfield, Minnesota, the son of Wilfred and Lydia (Witte) Kalkbrenner.  He grew up on the family farm in rural Atwater.  He graduated from Atwater High School in 1965 and then attended the Willmar Vo-Tech.  On June 27, 1970, he married Joyce Hanson and they lived and farmed on the family farm in rural Atwater.  Duaine retired from farming in 1990 due to a back injury and then worked selling insurance, as a real estate appraiser, USDA meat inspector, and crop adjuster.  He later became a rural mail carrier for the Sunburg Post Office and retired in 2010.

Duaine was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church, where he served on the school board and church council, and a current member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Willmar, where he served as an usher and on the church council.  He was also a member of the Harrison Township Board for many years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling and especially enjoyed his fishing trip to Alaska and snowmobiling trip to Yellowstone National Park.  He had a special love for his grandchildren and especially his great-granddaughter, Paisley.

Duaine is survived by his wife: Joyce of Atwater, MN; two children: Eric (and Sarah) Kalkbrenner of Little Falls, MN and Lynae Kalkbrenner of Litchfield, MN; two grandchildren: Brianna (and Matthew) Schmiedeker of Atwater, MN and Emma Whitmore of Virgilina, VA; and a great-granddaughter: Paisley Schmiedeker.  Also survived are a brother-in-law: Howard Hanson of Willmar, MN; a sister-in-law: Ardis Erickson of Willmar, MN; and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

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So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers from your Iowa cousin.

Amanda Glaser May 2 2019 12:00 AM

Duaine was a friend not to be forgotten......though we have seldom seen each other in the past several years I have always cherished and will always remember the good times we had in those 'younger' years. Blessings to family and all who grieve his loss.

LuVerne & Jan Anderson Apr 28 2019 12:00 AM

Joyce, Eric, Sarah, and family - We are very sorry for your loss. Chris will always have good memories of visiting you on the farm, and Duaine being very welcoming to Erics Cobber friends! Chris Swanson and Sneha Patel

Apr 27 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies in the loss of Duaine. Dan, Tammi and Zachary Schwartz

Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

Fond memories from Alaska. Keith Christenson

Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

What an honor to have met this man who I called friend. Great memories in Alaska..

Keith Christenson Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

Miss you uncle Duaine.

Jan Erickson Apr 23 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Duaine Kalkbrenner

DeLisa Grahn Apr 23 2019 12:00 AM

Many Fond, Loving memories of Joyce's "Great Duaine"!! Our Deepest Sympathy to you, Sweetie, and the family!

Richard and Mona Peterson Apr 23 2019 12:00 AM

Duaine was a very fun guy.. Thank you for being a great friend to my parents and the fun trip years ago when we went to Colorado

Emily Evers Apr 22 2019 12:00 AM