From serving in the Korean War to serving his community, Duane is leaving a legacy that is woven with pride and protection! Duane loved to bring comfort to the honorable by participating in the Color Guard and Rifle Squad, supported and advocated for veterans, active military and their families, and even found time to become a seasoned skier…
Duane R. joined the Army at the age of 20 in December of 1952.
He was in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training. He then went to Korea for 15 months. He was a wheel mechanic while in Korea. He came home from serving in the Korean War in November 9, 1954.
In the mid 1960’s they were starting a new VFW post in Lexington, Ohio where Duane became active in the Color Guard and Rifle Squad participating in military funerals and parades. He also went through the chairs as Commander. He ran for district commander in 1979 through 1980.
Duane was associated with the Johnsville American Legion where he was chosen as Commander.
He became active again with the county joint Color Guard and Rifle Squad. He also worked for the Morrow County Veterans Service Office taking veterans to their appointments at the various VA clinics. Duane was the President of the Korean War Veteran Association and Vice President of the Department of Korean War Veterans.
He was a life member of the Military Order of the Cooties. He is a life member of the Amvets and 40 et 8. He was chosen to serve on the National Committee for the American Legion. He attended many District, State and National Conventions.
At the age of 62, Duane took on downhill skiing.
He took a trip to Calgary and skied on some of the runs that were used for the Olympic Games. He skied in Colorado a lot and then locally at Snow Trails, Clearfork and Mad River. He skied until he was 81 years old.