Duane LeVan
Duane K. LeVan died on December 28, 2013, after a very short stay at Seward Providence Medical and Care Center. He was 87 years old. He was born at Valley City, North Dakota. Many in Seward knew his father, Ken LeVan and mother, Annabelle LeVan. He was in the Navy during World War II, serving on LST 458 in the South Pacific. He came to Seward in 1946 after an honorable discharge, to be with his parents. Kenneth LeVan, his father, worked for the Alaska Railroad in Seward. He met his wife, Sanna, at Sylvia's Fountain, married her in March of 1948, and they were married for 65 years.

Duane was a Union man and a longshoreman, and also worked as a heavy equipment operator for the State of Alaska Highway department, after the 1964 earthquake. When his children were growing up and the old grade school was where AVTEC is now, he kept an ice-skating rink for all to enjoy, and after that, one for the city. He was also a volunteer fireman.

Duane is survived by his wife Sanna; his son Mel LeVan and daughter Sue McClure; as well as grandsons Bixler McClure, Axl LeVan and Jon LeVan, and Mel's wife Alice LeVan. He also had many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed in the community of Seward, Alaska.

The family thanks all who have expressed such love for Duane. If you would wish to send a donation in his name, we would suggest the following: St. Peter's Episcopal Church and the He Will Provide Food Bank, or another charity of your choice.

Many thanks to all doctors and nurses and staff who took such wonderful care of Duane for the five days he was at the Seward Providence Medical and Care Center. Thank you all.

Published by Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2014.
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Sanna and family - I was out of State when Duane passed and am so saddened over your loss. Often when I think of Home, you and Duane are in my thoughts, forever walking together, stopping momentarily to say hello. The rescue of "Diego" by the two of you enhanced my life. The City of Seward has survived so much, all because of the folks like you two, always the best neighbors, always hand-in-hand. Bless you.
Murlene Trevethan Wilkes
January 12, 2014
Sanna, Sue, and Mel,
I am saddened to hear about Duane's death. I have so many wonderful memories of playing at your house. Sanna, you and Duane were the ultimate hosts and I always felt so at home with you both. Sue, the Mouse Club is never far from my mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Karen Viale Waite
January 11, 2014
~For Sanna, SueAnn and Mel~
We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband and father...He meant so much to so many...and will be remembered as a good man who made significant and positive contributions wherever he was. Please accept our sincere sympathy at this sad time.
Steve and Linda MacSwain
January 1, 2014
So sorry to hear of Duane's passing. Love and Prayers
Tracie Seavey Audette
January 1, 2014
We will see him again soon. John 5:28
January 1, 2014
Look for comfort in God (Psalms 55:22)
January 1, 2014
To Duane's family: He and Sana were pillars of the community. Duane was one on my favorite people. He was a admired outdoorsman having climb most mountains and trails in Alaska.
The best to the family at this difficult time.
Ray Gillespie
January 1, 2014
Sanna and family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ron and Val Lind
Ron and Val Lind
December 31, 2013
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