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Duane Menk

Duane Harry Menk, 78, of East Peoria, Ill., and Harlingen, Texas, passed away Monday, June 8, 2009, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, ER.

He was born March 7,1931, in Bertha, to Harry D. and Ella Voeltz Menk. He married Jane Janovetz Heer on Sept. 26, 1986, in Peoria, Ill.

He was an electronics technician for the National Weather Service, retiring in 1993. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion and NARFE.

He enjoyed fishing, reading, cooking, gardening and fixing everything around the house. He was involved with his church and was a great hugger. He loved his children and grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at Resurrection Mausoleum Chapel, with the Revs. James Bettermann and Mark Nelson officiating. Entombment will follow the services in the mausoleum. Wright & Salmon Mortuary was in charge of arrangements (

Survivors include his wife, Jane; three children, Susan (Bob) Sindelir of Baudette, Minn., Harry (Mary Melvin) Menk, of Plymouth, Minn., and Jeff (Kay) Menk of Hamilton, Mont.; three stepchildren, Holly (Jeff) Ott of Dunlap, Ill., and twins, Jason (Alycia) Heer of Chicago and Jeremy (Sarah) Heer of Brookfield, Ill.; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four nieces and nephews; and a son-in-law, Noel Cornelius.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Menk Cornelius; one brother, Emroy Menk; and one sister, Edna Ella Menk.