Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

November 8, 2012

Duane Hammann


Knoxville —  

Duane William Hammann, age 75, passed away at the Mercy Medical Center of Des Moines on Monday evening, Oct. 8, 2012.

Duane was born Oct. 30, 1936, in Dodge Center, Minn., the son of Paul August and Lorinda (Voll) Hammann.  Duane was a graduate of Dodge Center High School, Class of 1954.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Army.  Duane was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., where he served for two years.

After his service Duane worked at Owatonna Canning Company and on April 5, 1959, in Claremont, Minn., Duane and Beverly Ann Behne were united in marriage.  Duane and Beverly shared 53 years of marriage and were blessed with four children; Keith, Dennis, Brian and Todd.

Duane worked several jobs in Minnesota.  He especially enjoyed and was gifted in construction and cabinetry.  In 1982 Duane and his family moved to Knoxville and purchased the Fairlane Bowl.  He and his family owned and operated the bowling alley for 24 years, retiring in 2006.

Duane enjoyed playing card games with his family, bowling, woodworking and especially cabinetry.  He was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Knoxville.

Duane is survived by his wife Beverly of Knoxville; their four sons: Keith (Janet) Hammann of Des Moines, Dennis (Krista) Hammann of Chaska, Minn., Brian (Gina) Hammann of Pershing, and Todd (Nancy) Hammann of Knoxville; and seven grandchildren.  Duane is also survived by three sisters: Marion Schmoll and Roger Amundson of Blooming Prairie, Minn., Marilyn (Roger) Braatz of Kissimmee, Fla., and Dawne (David) Franzen of Rochester, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Lorinda.  

Duane’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service for Duane will be held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Knoxville with Pastor Joel Picard officiating.  Military Honors will follow services.  Duane’s family will be greeting friends from noon until service time on Monday also at the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Burial of cremated remains will be held on a later date at St. John’s Cemetery of Owatonna, Minn.

A memorial has been established to the family and will be named at a later date.  Condolences may be sent to  Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is handling arrangements.

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