Duane Penske

Nov. 1, 1962-Sept. 22, 2013

VESTA – Services for Duane W. Penske, 51, of Vesta will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vesta. Visitation with viewing will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Sunset Funeral Home in Echo, with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday with no viewing. Burial will be in the Vesta Cemetery. The Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association is caring for the family.

He died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, unexpectedly at his home.

Duane Willis Penske was born Nov. 1, 1962, to Allen and Doris (Henriksen) Penske in Granite Falls. He grew up on the family farm near Vesta, and was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vesta. He attended and graduated from the Echo and Wood Lake Schools in 1981. After graduating from high school, he continued his education at Southwest State University in Marshall, receiving a bachelor degree in both arts and education.

After college, Duane remained on the family farm and taught various art classes for a number of different art foundations. Duane is also known for his love of the Beatles, unusual artwork, and his caricatures that he made of family and friends. Duane was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vesta and was also involved with an art foundation for grants.

Duane enjoyed the arts, cooking, fixing computers, fantasy football, visiting his friends, and being in the company of his cats.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his siblings, Janice and husband Glenn Kuck of Winsted, and Gary and wife Margaret Penske of Vesta; sister-in-law, Patrice Penske of Lake George; nieces and nephews, Colin (Amber) Dahl, Jordan (fiance Alyssa) Kuck, Miranda (Adam) Phillipi, and Brittany Kuck; aunts, uncles, and many cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Arlen Penske, and nephew, Jeffrey Penske.

Blessed be his memory.