Duane Glenn Groth was born March 27, 1944, in Battle Creek, the son of Glenn and Wilma (Schmidt) Groth. He attended school in Kingsley, graduating from high school in 1962. Following high school, Duane worked as a truck driver.
On Nov. 4, 1965, Duane enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country until earning his honorable discharge Nov. 3, 1967.
Duane returned to Kingsley after the service and attended Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. He then took a position as a hog buyer at the Sioux City Stockyards. When the stockyards closed, Duane and his friend Janet moved to Arnolds Park. Duane worked at the amusement park along with performing odd jobs for Handy Andy's Lawn Service. They moved to Tahlequah, Okla., to spend their retirement years.
When Janet, his companion of 30 years, died in 2009, Duane returned to Kingsley to be closer to his family.
In earlier years Duane enjoyed bus trips to football games.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
He could often be found driving around the area and visiting with friends and former co-workers.
He is survived by his sisters, Darnell (Clair) Clausen, of Apache Junction, Ariz., Diane (Terry) Mahrt, Denise (Denny) Dugan and Donita (David) Murray, all of Kingsley; 12 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and nephews; two great-great nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his companion, Janet Murphy.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The Rev. Duane Miesner of First Lutheran Church in Kingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home with the family present from 5-7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.