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Duane Kuechle

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On October 4, 2021 @ 3:36 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 19 Comments

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Duane Kuechle, age 59, of Jordan, MN, sadly left his family unexpectedly on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee, MN.

A visitation honoring Duane will be on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, 104 West First Street, Jordan and on Saturday, October 9,2021 from 10-10:45 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial, at 11:00 AM, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 16400 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake, MN. The family is requesting masks to be worn. Father Tom Walker will preside. Pall bearers will be Alex Kuechle, Anthony Kuechle, Darren Hampton, Jamie Swecker, Kevin Swecker, Mike Swecker, Paul Robling and Rich Riesgraf. Family and friends unable to attend the service in-person are invited to stream the service at the following link: St. Michael’s Youtube. He will be laid to rest at St. Joe’s Catholic Cemetery, in Jordan. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Duane’s honor by his family.

Albert and Bernice (Mechtel) proudly announced the birth of their first child Duane Alexander, born on January 5, 1962, in New Prague, MN. His parents brought him home to the family farm in rural Jordan, where Duane became the fourth generation now caring for God’s land and animals. He and his younger sister, Corrine spent countless hours working side by side with their parents on the daily tasks and chores. Through the years, Duane learned numerous valuable skills from his dad. Such as, how to build structures on the farm, how to weld, and how fix just about anything. He was meticulous, detailed orientated and organized. Duane had a broad spectrum of knowledge that kept him grounded and a great view on common sense and in check with reality.

Duane attended St. John’s Catholic School through the sixth grade and completed his education at Jordan High School. After graduating in 1980, Duane returned to dedicating his life as a farmer. It was at Rich and Sharon Pauly’s wedding; he was introduced to Keri Swecker (unbeknown was a neighbor just under two miles away.) The moment she saw him walk across the dance floor, Keri knew Duane would be the love of her life. On October 21, 1995, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Jordan, they were united in marriage. The newlyweds settled in a home on the farm, where they raised two incredible boys, Alex and Anthony.

Duane’s passion in life was farming! That was his life, and he was very proud of his accomplishments, especially having Alex and Anthony represent the 5th generation of farmers. Duane passed down to his boys, the same values, and traits he learned from his father. In 2014, Duane and his family sold the dairy cows and transitioned into raising Angus Beef. Needing to keep busy, Duane accepted a position with Mystic Lake as a heavy equipment operator. His farming skills were quickly noticed and soon Duane was also working in maintenance, snow plowing and accomplishing other tasks, He was very proud of his work and excelled at his job. He was a like a diamond in the rough. In recent years, Duane went into partnership with Alex and looked forward to working side by side for decades.

Duane’s deep love for animals went well beyond his girls (the cows.) He loved the companionship of his dogs and cats and always vowed to never have animals in the house. Well, this rule eventually was broken and relished the cuddle times with the cats in his lap. For their 25th wedding anniversary, Duane purchased a Corvette for Keri. They had hopes and dream of traveling and having fun, for they deserved it for all the years of dedicating their life to the farm. They even joined a Corvette Club.

The last several years, Duane was embracing his new life by traveling, trying new adventures, and eating out. He was looking forward to continuing to build the legacy of the Kuechle farm. Duane was driven, hardworking, loyal, and honest. He was patient, kind and loved being with people. Duane had a great sense of humor, love bantering with his sons and loved everyone unconditionally.

Forever missed, Duane will be forever loved by wife, Keri; sons, Alex, Anthony; sister, Corrine (Darren) Hampton; niece, Kate Hampton; many other loving relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, aunts, and uncles.


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Condolence from Kyle Tutsch on October 4th, 2021 5:30 pm

Your SMSC work family is going to miss you. You meant a lot to us personally and your work ethic was top notch. RIP our friend. On the behalf of SMSC. KT.

Condolence from laura zauner on October 4th, 2021 8:16 pm

Dear Keri, Alex and Anthony,
My ❤ heart is breaking for all of you right now!! Your dad/husband was the most giving wonderful person I knew. He always made us laugh!! He was such a bright light with his big blue eye!! He will be missed so much. But please remember that he is in a beautiful place with our Lord and Savior Jesus ❤!! And he is looking down on all of you. I wish that I could take all your pain away right now. Please know, that you all are in my prayers. I love you all so very much!!
Laura Zauner

Condolence from Mike Mahoney on October 4th, 2021 10:20 pm

To Keri, Alex and Anthony,
My condolences to you and the boys! Duane was a hardworking, gentle soul who will be missed by ccx all who knew him. I like the fact that he was quick with a smile, and had a good sense of humor.
His work ethic and skills served him well! May Duane rest in peace in heaven with Albert and Bernice, along with Duane’s relatives and friends who have gone before him.
I’ll miss him even though the throughout the years we didn’t get a chance to visit a lot.
I apologize Keri, I’ve had a hunting trip planned for months this weekend, and will not be able to attend Duane’s services. Please call me in the future if you ever need anything.
Take care and may God bless you and the boys in your time of loss.

Condolence from aj Kupka on October 5th, 2021 10:10 am

Keri and Family –

Your loss saddens us; we are deeply sorry for your loss.

Your friends from Classic Corvettes of Minnesota

Condolence from Joseph Walton on October 5th, 2021 1:22 pm

our hearts & Prayers to You’re entire Family and Duane will be missed but always in our Hearts.
another Blessing is He will be always looking on us from above.
Thanks for being a Blessing in our lives!

Condolence from Doug Tews on October 5th, 2021 6:07 pm

We are so sorry to hear this news. We were just getting to know them both at the corvette club functions. The whole club will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Terri Lehman on October 5th, 2021 8:51 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy for you all.

Condolence from Pat Benson on October 5th, 2021 9:14 pm

Oh Keri, I just heard of Duane’s passing, so very young! My heart is aching for you and your boys. You are in my prayers; please let me know if I can support you in any way. Sending love and hugs.

Condolence from Jean Zimanske on October 5th, 2021 10:08 pm

My sympathy to Keri, Alex and Anthony and all of Duane’s extended family and friends. May the many memories you hold close in your heart being you much comfort and peace.
Jean Z ( retired from Dr Jon’s dental office)

Condolence from Marlene B. Wolf on October 6th, 2021 7:41 am

Corrine, Keri, Alex, and Anthony;
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your brother, husband, and father! I remember his quiet humor and joyful laugh and his dedication to his family and work. He has left us all too soon. My prayers are with you in this time of loss and I will join the online services to celebrate Duane’s life!
Your cousin, Marlene

Condolence from Doug & Judy Tews on October 6th, 2021 8:53 am

We were so sorry to hear of this news, our thoughts are with you and your family.
A Classic Corvette member.

Condolence from Mecque Leonard on October 6th, 2021 1:26 pm

Keri, Alex, Anthony,
Words cannot express my deepest condolences. Duane was a favorite classmate and I was blessed to reconnect with him and get to know his lovely family. He was a such a good person and he is reflected in all of you. Prayers and peace for you all.

Condolence from Paul Perez on October 6th, 2021 3:50 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Duane was well liked by all. He was quiet, hardworking, and dedicated, and I will always remember his big smile and big heart! Duane was a key member of the Property Services team, and will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Roger Howell Karen Wassather on October 6th, 2021 4:09 pm

Keri, Alex, & Anthony,
Late yesterday we learned of Duane’s passing. We will keep you all in our hearts & prayers. I still remember the first time I saw Duane in the pram. Such a sweet baby. Sending love and hugs. Roger & Karen

Condolence from Karen Flicek on October 6th, 2021 9:26 pm

Keri and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family. Even though I never met Duane until the day he passed, I know how much he was loved. My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Lois Fowler on October 7th, 2021 9:07 pm

I am so sorry for the sudden loss of Duane. Praying for peace and comfort in this time and as you navigate the road ahead.
-Cousin Lois (Gerold) Fowler

Condolence from Darrell Swartwood on October 8th, 2021 4:48 pm

It was an honor and privilege to know and work along side Duane for three and 1/2 years!! l looked forward to doing the same, for many years to come! I will greatly miss Duane; and fully agree that he accepted and enjoyed individuals on an unconditional basis-God bless all loved ones, and friends, as we grieve together!!

Condolence from Peter Stahler on October 9th, 2021 11:49 am

Dear Keri, Alex and Anthony,
Corrinne and Darren and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. I am so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. He was a wonderful friend at St. John’s and through high school. He was such a great guy and he is sorely missed by so many. I wish you all the strength and solace you need in the coming months.

Condolence from Denise Trudeau Poskas on October 9th, 2021 4:58 pm

Keri, Alex and Anthony

We express our deepesr sympathies for each of you for the loss of such a wonderful person. Our heart breaks for you. Although the busy year kept us from getting together you guys are always on our minds. We truly appreciate our frienship with Duane and will continue to hold that space of compassion, connection and support to all of. Prayers of healing, love and peace.
We miss him so very much,
Dee and Poskas

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