Frank Duhn Sr. 1920 – 2013

Posted on January 23rd in Obituaries

Frank Duhn Sr., 92, died of natural causes Jan. 15 at his son’s home in Burns.

Frank was born Nov. 14, 1920, to Henry and Betty Duhn in Emmetsburg, Iowa, one of seven children.

He grew to manhood in Emmetsburg, where he graduated from high school in 1939. He was drafted in January 1945 and served 17 months in the armed services. He was stationed in Hawaii.

He married Doris Burseth on June 6, 1948. They later divorced.

Frank farmed his grandfather’s homestead until he bought his own 80 acres.

He married Helen Johnson Duhn on Dec. 4, 1967. They divorced in 2003. They had one son, Frank Jr., and one daughter, Laurie, whom they adopted in 1973.

Frank and Helen moved to Oregon and settled in Prineville. They raised their kids and were active in the community. Frank worked as a millwright at Coin Millwork, also working part time as a rural mail carrier and delivering appliances for Sears. He attended The Community Church in Prineville and Powell Butte Christian Church, where he was active as a leader and teacher. He retired in 1983.

He was always fixing something. He enjoyed old antiques, rock hounding, camping and seashells. He loved sharing his collection with people.

In 2011, he moved with his son and family to Burns, where he lived until his death.

When asked how he was, Frank would always reply, “Pretty good for the shape I am in.”

Frank is survived by his son, Frank Jr. and wife Dena; daughter, Laurie Duhn and Greg Morris; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rachel and Shelby; brother, Marvin Duhn; and sisters, Vivian Jorgensen and Betty Jorgensen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

A memorial service will be held at Powell Butte Christian Church in February. Donations in memory of Frank may be made to Project Love at Powell Butte Christian Church, P.O. Box 2, Powell Butte, OR 97753; or Camp Attitude, P.O. Box 207, Foster, OR 97345.

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