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Kenneth Duerst

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Kenneth Duerst

Sioux Falls - Kenneth "Ken" Duerst passed at the Sioux Falls VA hospital on September 10th at the age of 70.

He was born and raised in Sioux Falls, the third of six children of Bob and Claire Duerst. He attended St. Mary's and Cathedral Grade Schools, and graduated from O'Gorman High School in 1965 - the first class to spend all four years there. He later attended SDSU and Augustana Universities.

Ken joined the Air Force after high school. He served from 1967 - 1970 and had combat assignments in Vietnam. He worked as a Mechanical Crew Chief on T-39s, flying high ranking officers and unnamed individuals around the Far East. He attained the rank of SSgt E-5 and earned a Good Conduct medal. Unfortunately, he was exposed to Agent Orange that later contributed to diabetes and earned him a disability retirement.

He spent most of his working career as a building contractor. He and his business partner and friend, Ron Schlegel, built over 50 houses in the greater Sioux Falls area - many for Dunham Construction, and also worked on over 100 other residential and commercial projects. One of their specialties was building new foundations for historic homes. His last project was working on rehabbing an historic home in the Cathedral area. Ken also spent approximately 15 years in the Bay Area of California doing remodeling work before returning to Sioux Falls, where he continued that line of work.

Ken spent most of his life working and partying hard. He loved to hunt, and that was an important factor in his decision to return to Sioux Falls. His other great passion was his Porsche. He went to great lengths to dress it up, including adding elk interior leather. He won a number of awards showing it. Although he never married, he was the heartthrob of many beautiful ladies. He did have one daughter, Deborah, that he tried to connect with but never could locate.

He is survived by his siblings, Gary, Sharon, Jeanne, Anne and Mary, along with four nephews and two nieces. He is also survived by approximately 30 first cousins and their families, including the Doohens and Lamberts, many of whom reside in the greater Sioux Falls area.

He will be laid to rest at 4PM Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Beresford Cemetery in the Duerst plot, along with his father, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 16, 2018
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