Duane Rae Mead, 87, of Wrenshall, MN, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, with his family by his side. Duane was born to Fern and Adeline Mead on March 21, 1936 in Tamarack, MN. He attended and graduated from McGregor Schools in 1954. He married the love of his life Shirley on November 24, 1956 in Tamarack. They lived in the McGregor area until moving to the Carlton area in 1967.
Duane worked in the dairy production and transport business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cribbage. Spending time with his family was important. Most of all he loved his wife Shirley, with whom he was able to enjoy 66 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers, Earl and Leslie Mead; in-laws, Melvin and Gladys Bayliss; daughter-in-law, Denise Mead; son-in-law, (Parv) Parviainen; brothers-in-law, Roger Bayliss, Ken Bayliss, Jerome Bayliss, Tom Nephew, Les Wycoff; sisters-in-law, Lillian Davis, Marlene Bayliss, and Violet Mead.
Duane will be missed by his children, Harold Mead, Henry (Chris) Mead, Holly Parviainen, Fern (Tammy) Mead, Harley (Elise) Mead; sister; Donna Wilson; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Ken) Bayliss, Lois (Jerome) Bayliss, Lee Davis-Mead; brother-in-law, Gordy (Lillian) Davis. He was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a private celebration of life at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
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