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Duane Arnold Harmelink

March 30, 1934 - April 14, 2020
Duane Arnold Harmelink

Duane Arnold Harmelink

Born: March 30, 1934
Died: April 14, 2020
Age: 86

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     Duane Arnold Harmelink, the son of Charlie and Gert (Van Iperen) Harmelink was born March 30, 1934 in Ashton, Iowa. He grew up and resided in the Ashton-Melvin area until he married Thelma Elaine (Nieuwendorp) Harmelink on July 20, 1954. They made their home in the Ashton-Sheldon area until 1972 when they moved to Spencer where they spent the remainder of their life.

     Duane worked much of his adult life as a mechanic.  When everyone else retired, Duane continued working for the Spencer Rendering Plant driving truck, maintaining the vehicles and maintaining the plant. Duane always enjoyed working.

     Duane passed away at his home in Spencer on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the age of 86 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma (1996); and a son, Jay “Corky” Harmelink (2010). Due to COVID-19, the family is having a private funeral and graveside service.

     He is survived by a son Jan L. Harmelink and his children, Matthew Harmelink, Eustacia Kawczynski, and Stephanie Rackus; a son, Todd J. Harmelink and his wife Nichole and a son Dakota Haack; a daughter, Crystal L. Usher and her two children Gregory Usher and Maureen Usher; and Jay’s children, Jayme Currans and Joshua Harmelink.  He is survived by 15 great grandchildren and a wonderful woman he still called his daughter in law, Julie Dwyer, as well. Finally, Duane has been a friend of Bill W. for many years.

     His family will deeply miss his sarcastic sense of humor and practical jokes. Each child can fondly recite a tall tale he convinced them to believe or the time they watched him convince someone else. They will miss the witticisms that even now they find they repeat to their own children.

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Private family services will be held due to state and federal guidelines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Liue of flowers, a memorial has been established in Duane's name.
Pastor Steve Petty
"Surely Goodness and Mercy"
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Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:09 PM
“sorry for your loss one day at a time god bless”
- brad bolyard
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 12:36 PM
“Sorry for your loss, I really enjoyed our conversations. Corky was one my first friends when we moved to Spencer. Miss those days.”
- Joe Zenkovich
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 9:31 PM
“My sympathy to TJ. He and Duane often had coffee at Country Kitchen when I was working there in the 80s. Always kind, like his son.”
- Per Clarke
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“My sympathy to your family. I remember you from many years ago when you lived east of Ashton and attended Ashton Bible Church. Praying for God’s comfort in your loss. ”
- David Winkowitsch
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Remembered Duane well, saw him for the last time at a cousins reunion in Hospers, Iowa when I was back in the area. He was a tough gracious man.”
- Glenn Van Oort
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:45 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to the family”
- Susan (Harmelink) Museus
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:45 PM
“So sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies. May he Rest In Peace.”
- Barbara Nava
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“So sorry for the loss of your Father!! Hugs and prayers🙏”
- Carol campbell
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“may god bless duane and and his family,very special fellow, will miss him..........”
- john kirschbaum
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“So sorry for your loss Todd and family god bless you all”
- Frank and Judy Falline
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“Mom (sharon) and I are sorry to hear of Dad's passing. Wish we could be there with you. Prayers for you all”
- Tiffany OBrien
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 8:44 PM
“I visited with Duane each Monday morning as he did his cross word puzzles in HyVee. He always had a interesting story from his past and he knew me from driving the rendering truck to our farm to pick up hogs. I will miss him. Karen Cornwell”
- Karen Cornwell
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 4:29 PM
“Your deepest sympathy to the family!”
- Mike and kathy Harmelink
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 3:59 PM
“Rest in Peace, Duane. My sympathy to the family.”
- Brenda Boyer
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