After high school, Duane proudly served in the United States Army in the Pacific theater during World War II and was wounded on Luzon Island in 1944. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, as well as being a charter member of the National World War II Museum.
On July 6, 1948, he married the former Dorothy A. Tidrick who survives him. In 1949, he and Dorothy bought a farm which they worked rigorously to operate and grow for the rest of his life, leaving a legacy for his children, grandchildren and future generations to enjoy and call home. He was a wonderful, fun grandpa who enjoyed fishing, hunting and sharing the joys of nature with his family. His grandchildren will treasure their memories of working outside with him on the family farm and sharing his “popcorn parties” when the work was done. He loved all children, not just his own family, and planted pumpkin patches to which he invited local elementary school children to visit and pick their own pumpkins. He attended Mt. Bethel Community Chapel.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his children, Mitch (Darla) Edie and Jackie Edie of Uhrichsville; grandchildren, Troy (Andrea) Edie of Cincinnati, Stacey (Carson III) Haney, Travis (fiancée, Dana DeBois) Edie and Trent (Kristy) Edie of Uhrichsville, and Jason Guglielmi of Camden, N. Car.; great-grandchildren, Brendan, Julia and Derek Edie, Riley, Carson IV and Whitney Haney, Piper, Gillian and Elliott Edie, Katie, Kelsey and Taylor Edie, and Dustin and Brandon Guglielmi; a brother, Dean Edie of Hanover, Ohio; sisters, Josephine Caswell of New Philadelphia and Eleanor Spellum and Mildred Leger of California; a sister-in-law, Emma Edie of Bowerston; numerous nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Jay Devaul who did so much to make Duane’s last year enjoyable for him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merle Edie; and sisters, Wilma Host, Laura Fierbaugh and Alberta Dunlap.
Services for Duane will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home at Dennison with Pastor Doug Mallernee officiating. Interment will follow with a military committal service in Sherrodsville Memory Gardens. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663 and the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, in lieu of flowers.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc. of Dennison