I was born at a house less than a quarter-mile from the Conrad farm in 1942. Duane's grandmother, Eva (Wadle)Conrad, was my father's great-aunt and Duane's mother and my father's mother were sisters. Duane was my godfather. While I did not see much of Duane and Mary during my younger life, outside of church, I got to know him better in more recent years. I enjoyed talking with him, especially about family history and his Navy experiences. Also, I liked his dry sense of humor. I also felt a bond with Buck because I, too, am a Navy veteran. In any event I want to extend my deepest condolences to all his family, friends, and loved ones. I know this is a sad time for all of you and I will certainly miss him.
Buck was a faithful servant to his family, his community, his country, and to God.