Passed away February 19, 2012 at Morgantown Healthcare Inn in Morgantown, Indiana. He was born March 24, 1933 in Crandall, Indiana to Elsie (Sims) Burgess and Chester Burgess. Duane was the 4th of 7 children and grew up on a farm. His experience there provided him with the extraordinary measures of resourcefulness and practicality, as well as a deep respect for hard work.
Graduating in 1950 from Salem High School, he was known as a prankster. Being a farmer, he knew that cows would go up the stairs but not down, so with friends, he herded several cows up to the 2nd floor of the school building over the weekend, which ensured there would be no school come Monday Morning!
Duane served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean War. When he returned home, he met a pretty young girl at the local roller rink. Later, he went up though Daisy Hill, knocking on doors looking for the "Coats Girl". He found her and married her six months later! Together for 56 years and devoted to each other, they had five children.
Duane worked for Fuller Brush from 1954-1957 in sales and started a chemical company, Unichem Corp. in 1969. In 1978, he established Bur Oak Insurance and ran that business from 1978-2002. During those years, he won several trips and he and Mary went on a cruise, visited Maui and the Big Island and later went to Ireland. A special memory for his children was when he took the whole family on a cruise in 2001. Duane loved living on the lake at Cordry-Sweetwater during the last part of his life and loved to hunt and fish and attending church at the Church of the Lakes.
He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and willingness to help others. The most important thing to him was taking care of his family. Duane lived his life by the daily grace of obligation. As a husband and a father, he was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his children, Amy Tracy, Tammy Bush (Jim), Hope Noel and Laura Sullivan (Phil) and grandchildren, Grace, Jay and Adam. Also survivng are sisters, Pat Scott and Nancy Faulkner and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his parents, wife, Anna Mary, son, Peter; sisters, Bea Burgess and Jimmy Yeagle and brothers, Chester Burgess, Jr. and Charlie Burgess.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the Staff at Morgantown Healthcare Inn for the care and kindness they've shown to our Dad and family.
Rev. Bruce Bendinger will conduct a celebration of life service on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home , 2898 North Morton Street, (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. to time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Online condolences may be received at: http://www.flinnmaguire.com