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Duane Milton Kugelman
Duane Milton Kugelman, 92 of Marysville went peacefully into the arms of Jesus surrounded by his loving family on November 17, 2013 after a short illness. He was a 63 year resident of Yuba County.

Duane was born March 20, 1921 to Albert and Dorothy Kugelman in Lower Lake, California. He was the third of four children, Althea, Kenneth and Calvin. He attended school in Lower Lake and graduated from Lower Lake High School. He served two years in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II, returning to Lower Lake after discharge where he opened and managed a community grocery store for two years. During this time he met and married the love of his life, Florence Mary Silva of Marysville, a lovely first year teacher at Lower Lake High School. They shared a loving 65 year marriage, raising five children in District 10 in Yuba County; Julie Porter of San Mateo (Scott), Janice Roper of Marysville (Steve), Doreen Gould of Woodland (Rick), Duane Kugelman of Austin Texas (Cris), and David Kugelman of Marysville (Robin). They were blessed with twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, all of whom cherished their fun loving Papa Kug. His family was the focal point of his life.

He worked as a loan manager for Bank of America for 33 years. He served in the Marysville, Yuba City and Live Oak Bank branches, giving many young couples and aspiring farmers their starts in attaining the American Dream. He retired to a life as a family farmer, raised cattle and grew peaches and prunes on his District 10 property. He and Florence and their many friends loved to travel and dance. They were noted hosts of many festive parties, annually gathering friends for a New Year's Eve extravaganza. His sense of humor and many zany costumes were the focal point of gatherings. The couple loved to spend the month of January in Palm Springs and he was renowned for his lucky withdrawals from local casinos.

He was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville, serving on the Parish Council, Notre Dame School Board and was Chairman and Finance Officer for the Church Fall Festival for many years. He was active in his community, serving as President of the Live Oak Chamber of Commerce, President of the Live Oak Kiwanis Club as well as serving two terms on the Yuba County Grand Jury, one term as Foreman. He was active in the senior's in retirement group and served for many years on the District 10 Levee Commissions.

Duane was known as a man of his word. He said what he meant, and meant what he said. A handshake meant more than a contract and his generous, kind, and engaging nature endowed him with a large circle of friends throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Althea and brother Kenneth.

He will be missed by many but was loved by all. He didn't tell us how to live, he lived; and let us watch him do it.

A Rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21st at Lipp & Sullivan Funeral Directors in Marysville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 22nd at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville.

Donations may be made to Catholic Relief Society or Saint Judes Research Center.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2013
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