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Duane L. Foss


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Duane L. Foss Obituary

Duane Lynn Foss was born in Ellsworth, Wisconsin on December 10, 1921. He was the fourth child to Christian and Maud (Winters) Foss and the last to leave the family fold. He passed away peacefully from pneumonia on April 21, 2014.

The family moved to River Falls, Wisconsin and after high school, at the age of 18 Duane enlisted in the Navy. For 20 years his life on the high seas took him around the world. He traveled on 9 ships in all. His favorite ship was the U.S.S. Worcester CL144 and he spoke a lot about the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

On a blind date in 1949, he met Rose (Sikorisi) and in 1950, they were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After retiring from the military as a Chief Petty Officer, he went to work for Jacobsen Pilot Service in Long Beach, California. After 22 years he retired and he and Rose moved to the warmth of Hemet, California. They then hit the road in their travel trailer and drove all over the United States. In his spare time Duane enjoyed upholstery, gardening and making detailed model sailing ships from scratch. He and Rose celebrated 52 years of marriage but she preceded him death in 2003.
Together they raised two daughters, Judy and Janice. Judy (MacPherson) also preceded him in death in 2004.

In 2010, Duane moved to Port Townsend, Washington to be nearer to his daughter, Janice.

He leaves behind Janice (Hodge) and son-in-law Tim also his granddaughter Kelly and her husband Jacob Ross and two great grandsons, Cole and Owen.

Duane will be remembered for his kindness and gentleness. We thank the staff at San Juan Villa Dementia Care Community in Port Townsend, Washington for their love and care for him over the last two years.

As per Duane's request, there will be no services. He will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Goodbye dad, we love you and will miss you.
Published in Gazette Newspapers on May 9, 2014
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