Duane Newman

Duane Newman

New Virginia

Duane Newman passed away June 26, 2013 in Osceola, IA. Duane was born April 5, 1931 to parents Emil and Thera Pearson Newman. He grew up on the family farm in Page County, attended a one-room school house, and played varsity baseball, basketball, and football at Essex high school where he graduated in 1949. He then attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, MO, and boxed in Golden Gloves tournaments. Duane served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Duane and Jean Anderson were married in 1953.

Upon discharge from military service Duane completed his BS at Maryville in 1956. He then attended Iowa State College where he received his MS in wildlife biology in 1958. From 1958 to 1961 Duane served as a biologist for the state of WI, where the family lived in Spooner and Superior. Duane conducted research for the Natural History Survey at University of Illinois from 1961 to 1963, when the family lived in Urbana.

In 1963 Duane accepted a position in pharmaceutical sales with the Upjohn Company and the family moved to Ottumwa, IA. In 1969 he was promoted to the metro Des Moines area and the family moved to Indianola. Duane and Jean were divorced in 1983, and in 1987 Duane married Sharon Budden, a nurse in Des Moines. Duane and Sharon lived on the south side of Des Moines, and built a cabin near Mount Ayr in 1989 where they and the family spent many happy days. In 1999 Duane and Sharon moved to a new house on an acreage north of New Virginia. Duane became semi-retired in 1989 and worked part-time until his retirement in 1993.

Duane and Sharon traveled many places and enjoyed visiting her family farm near Granville, IA. During most of his life Duane enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. He was a great source of knowledge of Iowa's flora and fauna, and his love of wildlife and the natural world remained steadfast throughout his life. He also loved playing pool and won several league tournaments. He loved their dogs Toby, Sophie, and Delaney.

Duane was predeceased by his parents Emil and Thera, brother Richard, and grandson Marshall. He is survived by his wife Sharon, sister Sharon Timmons (Joe), sons Kent (Terry) and Kerry (Susan), daughter Kim (Kevin), grandchildren Signe, Dan, and Sarah (Kent); Taylor, Anders, and Claire (Kerry); great-grandchildren Izola and Galon (Marshall), and Abel (Signe); and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at First United Methodist Church, 307 W. Ashland Avenue in Indianola, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. A lunch reception will follow the service at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Iowa Public Television.


Funeral Home

Overton Funeral Home
501 W Ashland Avenue Indianola, IA 50125

Published in Des Moines Register from July 7 to July 12, 2013