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Ward Calvin Duel

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McHENRY – Ward Calvin Duel, 88, of McHenry, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at home with family.
He was born March 13, 1924, in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Myrton and Matie (Tidyman) Duel. He married Madelyn M. Kressin on Oct. 1, 1950, at Friedens Lutheran Church in Kenosha.
A veteran of the U.S. Army from 1944-46, he served during World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge with the 75th Infantry. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star for heroic achievements.
Ward received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1950. He received his masters in public health from the University of California-Berkeley in 1959.
Ward had a distinguished career in environmental and public health, beginning as a sanitarian for the city of Kenosha from 1951-59. His service in public health included Lake County and the city of Skokie. He was hired in 1968 to establish the first Health Department for McHenry County and served as its first director until 1970. At that time, he was recruited by the American Medical Association as their assistant director for public, occupational and environmental health until he left to become the assistant director of health for the city of Chicago. His long career in public health spanned from West Virginia to Mississippi and The Choctaw Indian Reservation. Altogether, he served or consulted in 45 states.
Ward is the former president of the state associations for public health for Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as the national president in 1964-65.
He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Theta Award for the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County in 1969, the Walter S. Mangold award from the National Environmental Health Association in 1978, and the Outstanding Citizen award from the Illinois Department of Education in 1984. Ward was the volunteer founding president of McHenry County Youth Services Bureau in 1976, and the chairman of the founding committee for McHenry Alternative High School in 1978.
A member of several professional associations, he also was a lecturer and was the author of several published articles.
His dedication to volunteering lasted his entire lifetime. He volunteered to serve his country in war and to preserve the environment. His retirement from active employment left time to volunteer at Centegra in their Smiles program, the Johnsburg Library, Senior Services of Johnsburg and primarily the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.
A man of faith who read his bible daily, he was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Wilmot, Wis., and a former member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Kenosha. Ward was a leader in every church to which he belonged, including the building committees. He was a strong supporter of volunteerism, enjoyed vegetable gardening, and was proud to have built his own home.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Madelyn; four children, W. Rick (Karen) Duel of Chicago, Christine (Richard) Burke of Des Plaines, Roxanne (Nico) Derni of France and Betsy (Bert) Fredericksen; four grandchildren, Yolande (Jana) Derni, Ryan (Ryan) Derni, Thomas (Ellie) Burke and Michelle (Steven) Blankenship; three great-grandchildren, Sydney, Emmit and Emily Anne; two sisters, Janet Chandler and Shirley Hietala; and a brother, Dale Duel.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Don Duel.
The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Peace Lutheran Church in Wilmot, Wis. Military honors will follow the church service.
Interment will be at noon Thursday, Jan. 17, at North Eldorado Cemetery, Eldorado, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Peace Lutheran Church or the .
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, McHenry. For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit, where friends may leave an online condolence message for his family.

Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 13, 2013
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