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Duane G. Polk
August 3, 1934 - December 29, 2010

Duane Gibson Polk, 76, of Oelwein, Iowa passed away late Wednesday evening at Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters of a sudden illness. He had been a resident at Oelwein Healthcare Center since December 18, 2009.

        Duane was born in Independence, Iowa on August 3, 1934, the son of Gerald and Helen (Ross) Polk. He graduated from the Stanley High School in 1952. On June 5, 1955 he was united in marriage to Janet Ladeburg at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. One daughter was born to this union, Penny Jaye (Polk) Taylor. There is also a grandson, Ian Smith of Denver, Colorado, granddaughter, Joslynne Taylor, Oelwein and a great grandson Drake Smith of Denver, Colorado. He served in the U. S. Army as a medic from 1957 to 1959. He worked for Rath Packing and John Deere both. In 1971 they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where he owned and operated a Laundromat and dry cleaning business. He retired in 2005 and moved back to Oelwein. Duane loved roses, music, wood working and old cars, but most of all he loved his family. They will miss him very much.

        Duane is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet of Oelwein, a daughter, Penny Taylor of Oelwein, two grandchildren, Ian and Joslynne, a great grandson Drake, a brother, Weldon (Phyllis) Polk of Wonewoc, Wisconsin, a sister Geraldine (Gordon) Kelly of Maynard, Iowa, sister-in-law, Mary Polk of West Union, Iowa, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Art and Carol Ladeburg of Oelwein and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Helen, a brother, Eldon Polk, a son-in-law, Kevin Taylor a niece, Glenda Kelly and a great nephew, Alexander Polk. 


Visitation: 4-7 PM Sunday, January 2, 2010 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.

Service: 11 AM Monday, January 3, 2010 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.


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Leonard & Pat Garcia on January 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM said:

Janet and Penny And Family

So sorry for the loss of your husband and Penny's dad. We were so Blessed to have you as our neighbor's and friends in Grand Junction CO. and Penny as Dianne,s friend. Our prayers well be with all of you
Pat Garcia
Janeen Kalish on January 14, 2011 at 8:33 AM said:

Janet. I'm sorry for your loss. You and Duane were always so nice to me at the laundromat in Grand junction. He will be greatly missed.
Nikki D on January 2, 2011 at 5:00 AM said:

I am so sorry for your loss, Janet. You have been a joy to know. I wish you love.
Nikki from the clinic in Waterloo
Sheryl Gosse, Adele & Clarence Williams on January 2, 2011 at 12:44 AM said:

Duane's family: We are sorry for your loss, Duane is now at peace, treasure the many wonderful memories you shared as a family and always be there for each other. Know you are all close and that'll help as well as other family/friends. Duane enjoyed many things during his time here and will be in your hearts forever. Ever need anything call & keep in touch.

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