Grenville: Duane Podoll, 79, of Pickerel Lake near Grenville, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the Courage Cottage in Morris, Minn.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Webster. The Rev. Daniel Ostercamp will officiate.
Inurnment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.
Fiksdal Funeral Service of Webster is in charge of the arrangements.
Duane Howard Podoll was born Thursday, Feb. 4, 1932, in Bath to Howard and Lillian (Griffiths) Podoll of Columbia. Duane was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbia. He graduated from Bath High School on May 17, 1950, and then entered the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.
On June 5, 1954, he was united in marriage to Joan Ardell Barnum of Bath at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. After finishing his four-year commitment in the U.S. Air Force, he was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant on Nov. 30, 1955. Afterward, Duane attended Northern State College, receiving his bachelor's degree in economics. He taught business courses in Flandreau (1958-59) and Webster (1959-62). He received his masters of education from Northern State College in 1961.
In 1962, the couple moved to Aberdeen, where he received an assistant professor of economics position at Northern State College. Duane began his banking career in Aberdeen in 1970. In 1974, they moved to Webster, where he served as president of Day County Bank in Webster. The couple moved to their lake home at Pickerel Lake in 1987, and he retired in 1992. Duane was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma (a form of asbestos lung cancer) in September. Duane and Joan moved to Skyview Plaza in Morris, Minn., in November.
Duane was active at St. John's Lutheran Church, Jaycees, was a 4-H parent and supporter, and served on various boards and committees. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, feeding birds and gardening through the years. He loved working with his hands and took pride in building three of their homes. During retirement, he continued to serve people using his various skills and abilities. He served on the Northeast Council of Governments, the head of the sanitary sewer of Pickerel Lake and did bookkeeping and payroll until his last month.
He is survived by wife of 57 years, Joan Podoll; three children: Doug (Kim) Podoll of Amery, Wis., Vicki (Dave) Bjerke of Watertown and Stacy (Paul) Erdal of Chokio, Minn.; one brother, Derald (Marilyn) Podoll of Frederick; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.