August 25, 1956 - January 12, 2016
Duane (aka Duey) E. Close passed away suddenly due to an auto accident on January 12, 2016 in the township of Elk Mound, Dunn County. He was born on August 25, 1956 at a hospital in Eau Claire, WI to Joy and Mildred Close, but Knapp, WI was his home. He was 59 years old. Duey graduated from Menomonie High School in 1974. He graduated from the University of Stout in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. During his college years Duey was involved with the Chi Lambda fraternity. After graduating, he spent a few years working up in the Minneapolis area before returning to the family business, The Knapp Creamery. Duey loved his cheese and worked with the Creamery until it closed. During his time working with the family business he also started a family of his own. When the family business closed Duane spent a few years sampling a variety of careers before his employment with the Menomonie School District. Duey has been with the District for sixteen years and many of his co-workers and the school children will remember him fixing just about everything. On Duey Day the kids learned quite a bit about what Duey did as a real person outside of the school. And we can't forget about his querky little bits of advice from Duey's Closet also known as the "Custodial Closet". Duane is survived by his wife Kathleen, children Stephanie (Ryan) Tabaka Benjamin Close, William Close, stepchildren Courtney (Derek) Kuesel and Christopher Middleton. He is further survived by his mother Mildred Close (Jack Nielson), three brothers, David (Georgene), Daniel, Dennis (Roxanne) Close and one sister Melissa (John) Boldon and also his former wife, Cynthia Close. Duey leaves not only his immediate family but many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be truly missed by all. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father Joy Close, as well as his sister-in-law Kathleen Close and by his young nephew Michael Close. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016 at The United Methodist Church in Menomonie with Pastor Paul Foulke officiating. There will be a visitation on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp at a later date.
Duane (aka Duey) E. Close passed away suddenly due to an auto accident on January 12, 2016 in the township of Elk Mound, Dunn County. He was born on August 25, 1956 at a hospital in Eau Claire, WI to Joy and Mildred Close, but Knapp, WI was... View Obituary & Service Information
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