Duane G. Vanderford, 90
Blue Earth- Duane Vanderford, age 90, of Blue Earth passed away Tuesday Oct. 5, 2021, at St. Luke’s Care Center. A funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 8, at Patton Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Roettger officiated. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Elmore. Online condolences can be left at www.pattonfh.com.
Duane Gerald was born Sept. 3, 1931, to Gordon and Emelia (Ihle) Vanderford in Des Moines, Iowa. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He married Bonnie Snook in 1953. To this union they were blessed with three girls. They later divorced. He then married Fern Behnke on Jan. 3, 1966, he gained four boys and together they had a daughter to complete their family. Duane enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the American Legion. He worked on the railroad for many years. Above all, his love for family and friends always came first.
Duane is survived by his sons, Harlan (Carol) Ward, of Le Seur and Gordon (Sharon) Ward, of Mankato; daughters, Debbie (Earl) Kvittem, of Winona, Dixie (David) Ruppert, of Winona, Darlys (Bob) Krulish, of Rochester and Kathy (David) Neswold, of Stewartville; brother, Darold (Arlene) Vanderford, of Fairmont, numerous grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Fern; his parents; brother, Donald Vanderford; stepsons, Gene Ward and Roger Ward.