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IN MEMORY OF Duane Andrew Burch

December 5, 2012

Duane Andrew Burch  
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Duane Andrew Burch
A Come-And-Go Celebration of Duane's life was held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the home of his daughter Kimberlee.
1942 - Duane Andrew Burch - 2012

Duane was born in Pipestone, Minnesota to Duane and Elsie Quirk Burch. He grew up with his brothers and sister and attended school in Pipestone. Duane married Jan Van Dyke and they moved to Kenora, Ontario, Canada and made it their permanent home. They had one son, Duane, Jr. Duane later married Cindy Weare, Kenora and in 1988 their daughter Kimberlee was born. Arriving in Canada Duane worked for the Keewatin Flour Mill, RJ Ball Electric, Marr's Marine and Nelson's Leisureland. Duane's love for boating and his experience in boat repair prompted him to start his own business. Thus, Whitecaps Marine Service was established. Duane could often be found out and about town. He made the rounds of coffee shops and was well known in the community. Duane loved to share jokes and he had his own vocabulary for certain life experiences. Boating and fishing held a special interest for him. He was happiest while reeling in a big one. He competed in the early years of the Kenora Bass Tournaments and had placed in the top ten for his efforts. Duane was a caring friend. He was always there to lend a hand or to throw a line in the water. He enjoyed socializing and never passed up a meal with friends. Living out in the country on the Essex Road, he fit in easily with the friendly people and country lifestyle. Duane passed away peacefully at his home at Heenan Place in Kenora, Ontario, Canada at the age of 70.

Duane is survived by his son Duane, Jr, Florida; granddaughter Sarah and daughter Kimberlee (Shane) Henley; granddaughter Charlee and step grandchildren: Michael and Christina. Also surviving are his sister Barbara (Gil) Breuer, Slayton, MN, brother Randy (Kathy) Burch, Remer, MN, sister-in-law Karen Burch, Slayton, MN and many nieces and nephews. Duane was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bob and Gene. Duane leaves behind many lifelong friends and acquaintances.

A Come-And-Go Celebration of Duane's life was held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the home of his daughter Kimberlee. A Memorial Service and interment will take place at a later date in the US. He will be buried next to his brother Gene, at Highland Home Cemetery near Hadley, MN.


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