Duane W. Jendro

Duane W. Jendro

Duane W. Jendro, 76- year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Father Joe Herzing officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Mary's Parish Cemetery in Little Falls. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Saturday all at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. A parish prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m.. on Friday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Duane was born Nov. 30, 1940, in Minneapolis, to the late Joseph and Leona (Przybilla) Jendro. He was the oldest of seven children. At the age of 10, his family moved back to the Little Falls area. As a boy he enjoyed spending time on his grandparents farm in Buckman. He attended Pierz High School, class of 1958. After high school he went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for Basic Training and entered the Minnesota National Guard.
Duane and Joan (Pekula) married in 1961 and had five children. Duane enjoyed spending time with family, keeping up with his grandchildren, restoring old tractors and his daily “education sessions” with all his buddies at the Royal Café and he looked forward to every family reunion. Duane was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and participated as funeral server for many years.
“Find something you like to do and you will never work a day in your life.” This was a true statement for Duane. He always found great enjoyment in the mechanical side of things while working his various jobs with Muske’s Plumbing, White’s Plumbing, Benson Radiator, Home Furnace Co. and Earl LeMieur Busing. He eventually retired from Morrison County as the building and maintenance engineer after 20 years. But Duane’s greatest joy came from driving. He spent nearly 50 years driving both commercial and school bus for LeMieur, Palmer’s and Andy’s Charter. It was common knowledge that Duane rarely consulted a map and never had to look at it more than once.
Duane is survived by his wife, Joan of 56 years. His children, Danial (Jackie) Jendro, Janet Groshong, Dorothy (Brian) Lindquist and Julie (Rob Logan) Jendro; grandchildren, Cassandra Taylor, Adam Jendro, Adam (Leigha) Janey, Joshua, Derik and Jack Jendro, Sarah Koenig, William Groshong and Megan Koenig; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Ledger Janey; his siblings, Curt Jendro, Kevin (Karen) Jendro, Murial (Tom) Goebel, Vivian Demare, Marlys (Donny) Will and Betty (Dan) Strom.
Duane was preceded in death by his son; Joseph, his parents Joseph and Leona (Jendro) Sahr; and his step-father Leo Sahr.

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