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Frederick "Fred" Durante

Frederick "Fred" Durante, age 56, of Willmar, passed away Wednesday morning, May 19, at his residence in Willmar from natural causes.

A visitation to celebrate Fred's life will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Frederick Durante Jr. was born in Perris, California, on July 31, 1964, the son of Glorietta and Phillip Olson.  In 1972, Fred moved to Willmar, Minnesota.  He attended the Willmar public schools and Willmar Vo-tech before enlisting and serving in the US Army.  After his honorable discharge from the Army, Fred married and had two children and worked as a machinist, residing in Minnetonka. Fred adored his daughters more than anything.  They were his life.  He loved the outdoors, fishing and watching sports and being with family and friends. Fred will always be remembered for his handy creative craftsmanship.

He is survived by his two daughters, Monica Durante and Brittany Durante, both of Elyria, Ohio; two grandchildren; his parents, Gloria and Phillip; three siblings, JoAnn (and Mike) Whelan of Willmar, Jenny Phillips of St. Cloud and Louie Durante of Willmar; besides several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Rick Durante in 2016, and both his paternal and maternal grandparents.

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Dear brother, I will cherish our childhood memories up until the present. You will forever be in my heart and memories. Your presence will be Forever missed. I know towards the end how much pain you were in and it hurt and affected me deeply. The only comfort I get from this is that you are in no more pain and no longer have to suffer. I will treasure your last voicemail to me with you wishing me a Happy Mothers Day! I Love you so much, and will forever miss you. Fly with your wings, rejoice up in heaven as you reunite with loved ones as they Celebrate and Welcome you home. Peace be with you. Until we meet again. Love, your sister JoAnn.

Joann whelan May 27 2021 12:00 AM

Love and prayers to Freddy's family and friends. We weren't tight but I'd call him friend . He parked by my door and if it was open and I was out with my pets we would shoot the breeze maybe a couple times a week, never a bad word. He talked a lot about his family, his nephew he hug out with, his sister who worked at the hospital, family was everything to him. Such a layback, kind man. I will truely miss him.

Denise Enger May 21 2021 12:00 AM

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.The Whelan Family

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Phil & Gloria & Family,Deepest condolences to your family. God's peace be with you all during this difficult time.Lynn, Steve, John, Jennifer and Matthew

Lynn, Steve, John, Jennifer and Matthew Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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