Duane Strombeck

Duane Dale Strombeck, 84, died unexpectedly on March 22,2012 at the family’s winter home in Englewood, Fla. while fertilizing his fruit trees. 

Duane was born November 12,1927, to Walter and Edith (Anderson) ,Strombeck in Princeton. He was baptized and confirmed at Sharon Lutheran Church. He attended Dist. #35 School, and graduated from Milaca High School in 1945.

In 1946,Duane joined the Army and became an X -ray technician with the medics . After his honorable discharge, he enrolled in Dunwoody College Electrical program and graduated with his degree in 1950.

Duane married Doris Faith Olsen on May 27, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Princeton. Doris and Duane lived in the Princeton Area for over 60 years and made their home on the Olsen Farm east of Princeton. In 1953, they started their own electrical business, Strombeck Electric. They raised two sons, Lynn Dennis and Curtis James Strombeck. He retired from business in 1983. After retirement, he started farming.

As a lifelong resident of Mille Lacs County, Duane was very active in community affairs. He served on the church council and designed the education building at Trinity Lutheran Church. He was the president of the Parent Teacher Association. He served on the Board of Directors of East Central Electric Cooperative for 24 years, and was a board member of the Community State Bank. Also Duane was a life member of the American Legion Post #216. He served as Legion Commander of American Legion Post #216, followed by serving as commander of the American Legion 10th District of Minnesota. He was a member of the 40/8 Voyageurs # 1281, the Eagles Aerie #622 and a charter member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #2331. He was a member of the Mille Lacs County Historical Society. He served on the Mille Lacs County 4-H Livestock Auction for a number of years and in 2009 received the Volunteer of the Year Award. For many years Duane bowled in the Tuesday Night Kingpins and Monday Night Early. In 1996, he was inducted into the Princeton Men’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

Duane loved the outdoors. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying his hobbies which included hunting and fishing, especially deep-sea and salmon fishing in Alaska with family and friends.   In later years, he enjoyed gardening in the summers in Minnesota, and in the winter enjoyed working with the citrus trees in Florida.

Duane’s biggest love was for his family: his wife Doris, their two sons, and three grandsons. He always was available to help his nieces, nephews as well as friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Doris Strombeck, his son and daughter-in-law Lynn and Kathryn, Bismarck, N.D.; his son Curtis, Princeton; his grandson, Jacob, Fargo, N.D., his grandsons, Bennett and Zachary, both of Bismarck, N.D.; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Strombeck, Isanti, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Deloy, his brother-in-law Glen Olsen, his sister-in-law Dorothy Schmidt, and infant twin sisters.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of Duane’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Princeton. There will be a one hour visitation before the service. He will be buried at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery In Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.