Erick Charles Duesing died July 17, 2014, in Scranton, New York.
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Erick Charles Duesing, PhD, was born on March 22, 1939, at the family farm in rural Hiawatha, first son of Paul and Anna Keup Duesing. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fairview. He attended schools at Mulberry, Morrill and Hamlin, graduating from Hamlin High School with the class of 1957.
Erick received the first National Merit Scholarship in this area, and enrolled at Kansas State University to study nuclear engineering, and was quite active in student activities, and in his fraternity, Beta Sigma Psi. He then transferred to University of Missouri at Columbia for his junior year for his fraternity.
He served in the Army from 1961 to 1965, attending the Army Language School at The Presidio, Monterrey, California, to study Korean. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his work with the Army Security Agency in Korea.
After his discharge from the Army, he re-enrolled at Missouri, where he completed bachelor and master's degrees in economics, and met and married Carolyn Ann Bruner. They were married on their graduation day, May 1967. They were later divorced.
They moved to North Carolina to pursue advanced degrees, with Erick going to University North Carolina for doctoral studies in econometrics (predictive economics). Erick's PhD thesis was theoretical in nature, and involved abstruse mathematics.
He taught at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; State University of New York, Brockport; Scranton (PA) University; University of Kansas schools of business. He worked with DARPA projects for the Department of Defense, and attended several NATO conferences in Europe and Turkey.
Erick and Ann were parents of one son, Christopher. Unfortuately, in the early 1990s, Erick's health began to fail, and he had to retire. He spent the last few years in group living. He passed away at a nursing home in Scranton on July 17.
Erick is survived by his son, Christopher, who lives in the Chicago area; sisters, Carolyn Vermilyea of Newton, Joyce (Bill) Goodwin of East Syracuse, New York, and Grace (Vernon) Klaassen of Sedgwick; and brother, Wesley (Linda) Duesing of Hiawatha.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1955; youngest brother Dwight in 1981; and his father Paul in 1994.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 23) at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha.
Memorials may be made to Erick Duesing Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.
Chapel Oaks Funeral Home - Hiawatha - Hiawatha
124 S. 7th St.
Hiawatha, KS 66434
Published in The Kansan from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, 2014