On the evening of July 3rd, 2013, Duane Dale Clapper passed away at the Franciscan Hospice Center, in Tacoma, Washington. Duane was born on the 17th of September 1956, in Ellensburg Washington, to Donald Eugene and Lois Ann Clapper. His early years in life, were on a small farm off of Klocke Road, in Kittitas County, Washington. Growing up with five brothers and one sister, all close in age, was a challenge for both parents. Chores on the farm were shared by all, and that is where he loved to be. He always wanted to come HOME, as he called it. After high school, Duane entered the Army (1975-1979), and was stationed in Germany. There he met his first wife Donna, in 1978, and together they returned to the Kittitas Valley in 1979. Things happened and they separated. Then he met his second wife Karen (Wieneke), with two daughters, and grandchildren. Duane spent every available hour with them, making it his duty to enjoy and cherish their lives. Duane loved working in his or any ones garden. He was a Master Gardener, and happy to give advice to even strangers. He also loved wood working, home additions and renovations. Together they loved camping, fishing, hiking, calling for elk, and everything outdoors. Duane made many friends, and really knew how to have a good time. Road trips to anywhere outdoors just happened.
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Duane is preceded in death by wife, Karen Clapper, his only known grandparents Lee and Babe Klocke, mother Lois Ann Clapper, and many aunts and uncles. Duane is survived by his father and stepmom, Don and Bonnie Clapper; family, Mike and Susan Clapper, Ron and Cindy Clapper, Pat and Ute Clapper, Jim and Debbie Clapper, LeAnn and Zane Hayes, Bob and Laura Clapper. Step daughters Tracy Murphy and Elissa Wieneke, grandchildren Cole and Drew, whom he adored. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Parish in Ellensburg, Washington, on the 20th of July, at 11:00 A.M. Reception will follow.
Published in Daily Record from July 15 to July 22, 2013