With great sadness we announce the passing of our father, Duane Pierce, on February 1, 2023. He was 71 years old.
Duane was pre-deceased by his wife, Judy Pierce, his father and mother, Kelly and Dannie, brother Irish, and sister-in-law, Lori (Jackson). He will be deeply missed by son Sean, daughter Raina (Adam), grandchildren Isla and Ivor, as well as sister Sharon (Stan), brothers Barry (Betty), Scott, and Ross (Diane), sister-in-law Judy, his wife’s family, and many nieces and nephews.
Duane was born in Virden in 1951 and spent his first years in Hansworth, Saskatchewan. His family moved to Newdale in 1956, where they stayed until moving to Neepawa when Duane was in Grade 10. He studied drafting at Assiniboine Community College before finding employment in Winnipeg at Canadian Linen and Sandor Construction, and ultimately following in his father’s footsteps, building a career with United Grain Growers. He met Judy Dixon and they began their 37-year marriage in 1973. They left city life behind with a move to Brunkild in 1978, where Duane managed the UGG elevator. In 1981 they welcomed daughter Raina, then moved to Neepawa in 1984, where Duane became manager of the grain elevator there. They completed their family with the arrival of Sean in 1988. After leaving UGG, Duane worked for Redfern Farm Services, then MASC as an adjustor.
Duane enjoyed many activities, including curling, golfing, fishing, and camping. He was a fierce cribbage competitor and dedicated Legion member, serving as branch president for several years. He was an avid amateur historian, and in his spare time tackled numerous home improvement projects.
Duane will be remembered for his kind heart and sense of humour, his unmatched work ethic, and his devotion to his family. He faced the challenges he encountered in his final years with a dignity and determination that we will always admire and remember him for. He will be deeply missed by his family.
We would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Neepawa Health Centre and Brandon Regional Health Centre, as well as the numerous home care aides in Neepawa and Brandon. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Neepawa Branch