Was born in Valley City, North Dakota on August 31, 1927 and passed away peacefully sur-rounded by his family on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Hospice House in Spokane.
Duane was a devoted husband to his loving wife Donna for the past 62 years!
He was a gracious and caring father to his two sons Gary and Terry, and also had a strong attachment to his five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Duane migrated out from North Dakota with his family when he was 13 years old.
One of his first jobs was delivering newspapers on his bicycle throughout downtown Spokane.
He graduated from North Central High School and was working for the Northern Pacific Railroad before going into the Army where he was stationed in the Philippines.
After completing his time in the armed forces, he returned to Spokane, and on August 28, 1949 he married Donna Lee Cozzetto.
He then continued working for the Burlington Northern railroad where he completed his career as the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho agent after 42 years of service!
Duane will always be remembered for his carpentry skills, where he built numerous homes, wood boats, extensive cabinetry work, etc.
He was a kind, honest, humble and caring man, who was always willing to help and encourage his family and friends.
Duane most of all was a strong man of the Lord; he grew up in the Lutheran faith, where he was confirmed, and became a faithful follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Duane is survived by his wife Donna of Spokane, WA; sons Gary (Janet) Berg of Spokane WA, Terry (Denise) Berg of Kent, WA; brother Marlin (Betty) Berg of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren, Lindsey (Chad) Hardy, Molly (Tom) Bro, Anthony (Brianna) Berg, of Spokane, WA, Jennifer Berg, Jacqueline (Abe) Bringolf of Seattle, WA; three great-grandchildren, Olivia Berube, Emma and Noah Hardy of Spokane, WA; three bothers-in-law, Frank (Carolyn) Cozzetto of Hayden, Idaho, Joe Cozzetto of Spokane, WA, Jim Rosa of Newman Lake, WA; one sister-in-law Helen Eller of Newman Lake, WA; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
We express our heartfelt thanks to the Hospice House of Spokane for their most caring and generous support in this difficult time of our lives.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House at PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28 at 2pm at Heritage Funeral Home.