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Duane George Schmidt
February 22, 1934 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Duane G. Schmidt, age 89, of South Haven, formerly of Minneapolis, died Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Annandale Care Center.
Private graveside services will be held at Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Duane George Schmidt was born on the family farm on February 22, 1934, in Carver County, Minnesota, the eldest child of Harold and Emma (Bruesehoff) Schmidt. He attended country school until the 8th grade and then continued working on the farm. On June 12, 1976, Duane was united in marriage to Darlene Jean Erickson in Minneapolis. They made their home in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Over the years, Duane worked as a mechanic for Big Wheel before starting his own company, Fish n Fun. He retired from Car-X in 2001. Upon his retirement, Duane and Darlene moved to their home on Clearwater Lake, near Annandale.
Although Duane was a skilled mechanic, his true engineering prowess shone through in his personal life. He possessed a natural inclination towards problem-solving and an unwavering determination to tinker with anything that had a motor. Whether it was fixing a car engine or assembling intricate machines, Duane's technical expertise knew no bounds. His passion for all things mechanical led him to spend many hours in his workshop, meticulously working on projects that brought him immense joy.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Duane found solace and tranquility in the great outdoors. Fishing, hunting, boating - these were activities that allowed him to connect with nature and immerse himself in its beauty. A lover of dance, Duane would often showcase his moves at local gatherings, lighting up the room with his charm and infectious sense of humor. His ability to brighten any room he entered is a quality that will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Duane had a unique way of observing people and finding humor in everyday situations. His quick wit and sharp sense of humor brought laughter to many, making him an unforgettable presence in the lives of those around him. Moreover, Duane's unwavering patriotism was evident in all aspects of his life. He held a deep love for his country and cherished the freedoms he enjoyed as a citizen of the United States.
Duane is survived by his wife of 47 years, Darlene of South Haven; children, Dawn Lawson of Apple Valley, Mike Schmidt of Rosemount, Kim Olson of Anoka, Toni (Troy) Medlock of Minneapolis; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Diane (Bob) Wannow of Backus and Darla (Greg) Schelitzche of Waconia; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jennifer Erickson; brother, Dennis Schmidt; and son-in-law, Michael Lawson.