Duane Pike

Duane Pike

Duane G. Pike, 84, Luverne, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.

A mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne.

Duane Pike was born Sept. 27, 1932, to George and Katie (Stickley) Pike in Yankton, South Dakota. He attended grade school in Yankton. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 where he earned his GED while serving his country. Duane served in France during the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged in 1953. He then attended four years of college in Springfield, South Dakota.

Duane married Mary Schmitt on Aug. 31, 1955, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, Nebraska. After their marriage the couple lived in Yankton, where Duane worked for Lehman TV and APCO gas station. In 1968 they moved to Luverne, and Duane worked for L & S Electric for a short time until he opened Duane’s TV Service in January of 1970. In 1973 the couple purchased, remodeled and moved their business and family into the former Baptist Church on Main Street in Luverne. Duane expanded his family-run business into a new and used furniture store where he worked from 1980 until 1995. He also drove school bus for twelve years while in the furniture business.

Duane semi-retired in 1995 and opened the Brown Church Antiques Store until he fully retired in 2010. He was self-employed for over forty years and always had the best business partner, his wife, Mary.

He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church; American Legion Post 123; and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2757. Duane also enjoyed traveling, playing cards, woodworking, antiques and spending time with his family.

Duane is survived by his wife, Mary, Luverne; seven children, Diane (Michael) Casanova, Eden Prairie; Linda (Stanley) Schriock, Mankato; Kathy (James) Hall, Goodlettsville, Tennessee; Keith (Sue) Pike, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Bryan (Sharon) Pike, Brainerd; Brenda (Douglas) Deffenbaugh, Hartford, South Dakota; and Sandra Pike, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sixteen grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William "Bill" Pike.

Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com.

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