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PRINCETON - Duane F. Quiram, 76, of Princeton, formerly of Lacon, died at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. Father Jeffrey Stirniman will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Norberg Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Ptak Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Duane was born on the family farm in Lacon, Ill., on Sept. 27, 1936, to Duane A. and Lorene (Thierer) Quiram. He married Patricia Rohman on May 10, 1958, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Metamora.

Duane graduated from Lowpoint-Washburn High School in 1954, where he held the basketball scoring record until it was broken in 2011.

He graduated from Bradley University in 1958 with a B.A. in business. He then worked for Spurgeon's Mercantile Co. for 35 years. He and his family moved to Princeton in 1964. He was manger of the Spurgeon's store in Princeton until 1979, when he was promoted to superintendent of more than 30 stores. In 1993, Spurgeon's closed.

Duane then went to work as a real-estate agent, working in that capacity until August 2013. He was currently working for Success Realty of Princeton since 1996.

Duane was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the Elks Club of Princeton. Duane was a member of the Princeton Fire Department from 1969-1979. Five of those years were as assistant fire chief. He also served as commissioner of public health and safety for the City of Princeton from 1979-1995. Duane, along with other businessmen of Princeton, was instrumental in starting the Pork Days Weekend, which later became Homestead Weekend. He was also very active in the Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia, of Princeton; two sons, Joel (Susan) Quiram of Princeton and Quint (Tracy) Quiram of Princeton; two daughters, Molly (Christopher) Romagnoli of Princeton and Abby (Mark) Ptak of Peru; eight grandchildren, Blake Quiram, Jacob and Taylor Quiram, George (Jessica) Kosmach, Alex (special friend Brenda), Katie (Ryne) Birkey, Elizabeth Romagnoli and Kimberly Scott; two stepgrandchildren, Sara and Dylan Ptak; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Gloria (Melvin) Winkler of Washburn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic in Peoria, St. Louis Catholic Church, OSF Hospice or OSF In-home Care.

Online condolences and remembrances can be shared at PtakFh.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 21, 2013
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