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Duane Flagstad, 71

Duane David Flagstad, 71, Alexandria, died February 24, 2009.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, February 27 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visitation and reviewal will be Thursday, February 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jeanne; children, Brian (Kim) of Hinckley and Lynn (Amy Finken) of St Paul; grandchildren, Sarah, Kyle, Berit and Maren; brothers, LeRoy (Val) of Rapid City, SD and Gary of Wyndmere, ND; and a sister, Shirley Skoglund of Lake Norden, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Alpha; stepmother, Mabel; and brother-in-law, Elly Skoglund.

Duane was born February 26, 1937 and raised on the family farm in Colfax Township north of Wyndmere, ND. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, graduating in 1959 with degrees in business education and psychology; he later received an MA degree in public school administration from NDSU. Duane taught high school business education in Evansville and Detroit Lakes and was the high school principal in Welcome and Belgrade. He and Jeanne retired to the lake in Park Rapids in 1996, moving from there to Alexandria in 2006.

Duane loved family, fishing, woodworking, gardening, cards and road trips. His grandchildren were a particular focal point - he was a familiar face at their sporting events and astonishingly adept at Barbie weddings. He will be remembered for his gregarious nature, his selflessness and his unerring belief that we have an obligation to do right by others. As much as Duane loved flowers, he enjoyed them most outdoors.

Memorials are preferred to Second Harvest Heartland food shelf or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;