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Duane Ralph Meek
September 15, 1935 ~ November 11, 2022 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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CW3 (United States Army, Retired) Duane R. Meek was born in Swift, Minnesota on 15 September, 1935 and died on Veterans Day, 11 November 2022 in North Ogden, Utah. Duane served in the U.S. Army for 26 years and progressed through the ranks from Private (as a cook) to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three (as an Army Aviator) before retiring on 31 August 1981.
Duane served two tours in combat in Vietnam in 1968 and 1970 and flew over 600 combat hours. He has numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for Valor and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (denotes second award), the Air Medal with numeral 27 (denotes 27th award) and “V” device for Valor, the Purple Heart, Senior Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. His final assignment in the Army was as an Army Aviator, Instructor Pilot, Command Pilot, and Operations Officer for the Aviation Detachment, 10th Special Forces Group, Bad Toelz, Germany.
Duane is survived by his Wife, Sieglinde Meek, his Son, John Meek, and his Family, his Daughter, Michele Bezduch, and her family, and his siblings, Elaine, Mary, Joanne, David, and their families. He is preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and John Meek, his Sister, Judy and his Brothers Edward and Donald.
Duane is being brought home to his final resting place on May 28, 2023 at 2:30 PM during a brief graveside ceremony at America Cemetery in Warroad. Military honors will be provided by the Warroad American Legion and VFW honor guard.