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Duane Lokken, 73

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Duane Harold Lokken, 73, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at St. Cloud Hospital.

Duane was born the son of Harold and Margaret (Johnson) Lokken on February 2, 1941 in New Effington, South Dakota. He attended and graduated from Cyrus High School in 1959.

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Duane married Diane Payne on December 21, 1959 in Cyrus. They had three children, Todd, Stephanie and Debra.

Duane worked at the Cyrus Grain Elevator until he and his family moved to Wendell, where he managed the Wendell Elevator. He continued to work at grain elevators in Revere and Walnut Grove.

Duane and Diane moved to St. Cloud in 1974. He went to school to become a barber and together with his wife Diane, they owned Plaza West Hairstyling until 1983. He drove truck for a short time and also did carpentry work.

Duane underwent a lung transplant on August 3, 2000. Although he struggled with his illness, he still enjoyed life by fishing and hunting with his wife and family, driving his Kubota tractor and making lefse. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Diane Lokken of Alexandria; son, Todd Lokken of Paynesville; daughters, Stephanie (Kevin) Barthel of Fort Ripley, and Debra (Mike) Kittridge of Rice; grandchildren, Jonathon, Kalin, Grant, Jacob, Ashley, Mitchell, Jessie, Cassie and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Liley, Logan, Taylor and Sophie; brother, Dennis (Patty) Lokken of Westport, WA; sisters, Carol (Art) Tranby of Green Valley, AZ and Lois (Fred) McGreger of Grand Forks, ND; uncle, Willis (Polly) Lokken; cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 26 at Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with the Rev. Rollen Halvorson officiating. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cyrus. Urn bearers were Todd Lokken, Stephanie Wegler-Barthel and Debra Kittridge. Honorary urn bearers were all of Duanes grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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