In loving memory of

Duane Kroseman
August 4, 1944 - October 21, 2020

Duane Kroseman passed away from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) on October 21, 2020 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Duane was born Aug 4, 1944 in Baldwin, WI to Donald and Dorothy (Manor) Kroseman. He graduated from Elmwood, WI High School in 1962 and from the University of WI-Eau Claire in 1966.

Duane taught high school in Shawano and Edgar, WI for 3 years after his college graduation and married Karen Rostad from Colfax, ND in April 1969. Later that year, Duane and Karen moved to Ankara, Turkey where they both taught for the Department of Defense Overseas School system (DODEA). After one year in Turkey, they moved to Germany where Duane taught at Zweibrucken HS and Karlsruhe HS.

Returning to the States in 1977, Duane earned Masters' Degrees in Computer Science and Counseling at Washington State University and worked for 3 years at Rockwell Corporation in Cedar Rapids, IA.

In 1982, Duane and Karen returned to Germany to teach at Wiesbaden High School, Aukamm Elementary School and the DoDEA Distance Learning School. Karen passed away in 1988 and Duane married Christine Havlik of Portland, OR in 1997. They were married in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Duane retired in 2009 after teaching for 35 years with DODEA. Duane loved coaching, and during his teaching years, he coached over 40 sports seasons. He coached soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, cross country, and tennis.

Duane traveled extensively, visiting 51 countries and 45 states. He is survived by his wife, Chris; one daughter, Kimberly (Jeff) Swanson of Rochester, MN; one son, Jeffery of Palm Springs, CA; one sister, Kathy Leis of Rochester, MN; two brothers, Roger of Rochester, MN and Jerry (Bernie) of Superior, WI, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen, his parents and one brother, Larry.

Burial will be in Farm Hill Cemetery in rural Elmwood, WI. Memorials may be given to your charity of choice. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kroseman family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit


Diana Gentile Cross wrote on Jan 30, 2021:

"Duane was a college friend of mine at UW-Eau Claire. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I have him in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I remember his "laugh" the most when I think of Duane. May he rest in peace."

Annie Miller wrote on Nov 4, 2020:

"I had the privilege of being coached for 2 years by Coach Kroseman in Wiesbaden, Germany. Always patient, always encouraging, and always a genuine smile. He was so kind and loved the sport. Prayers for you Kris and family during this very tender time. Rest in peace Coach. -Annie (Harvel) Miller"

Jim Zachar wrote on Nov 1, 2020:

"Jeff and family- your father always brings great memories to myself and my family. Please cherish the memories, our prayers are with you all. Jim Zachar"

Jim and Joanne Baier wrote on Oct 30, 2020:

"We are sad to hear of Duane's passing. Our heartfelt sympathy to his family. We remember with fondness all the good times growing up together in Elmwood. Jim Baier and family."

Lorin Miller wrote on Oct 29, 2020:

"Thoughts and Prayers to the Family, Duane will be missed he was a good spirited person and always fun to talk with. He will be missed by all. Lorin Miller Family "

Brad and Valerie Haas wrote on Oct 28, 2020:

"Dear Chris and Family, The lake will not be the same without seeing Duane out in his fishing boat or tootling around on the pontoon! What a blessing that he was still able to enjoy those things a bit this summer. We will miss him and our family is praying for your peace and comfort during this sad time."

Francie Marais wrote on Oct 28, 2020:

" I knew Duane at Wiesbaden High School. Duane was one of those warm, caring , wonderful, genuine people that was great to know. Duane and Chris did a great job of teaching line dancing to many of us. Duane will be remembered fondly in my memories of Wiesbaden HS days. "

John and Cindy Naughton wrote on Oct 28, 2020:

"Chris, Kim, Jeff, and Jeff Duane was a gentle and kind soul who always had a smile on his face. He was also the best neighbor anyone could ask for! We will miss him greatly. John and Cindy Naughton"

Mark Nygaard wrote on Oct 28, 2020:

"Chris, Kim, Jeff & Jeff, Our sincerest condolences to you all. Duane was a kind man loved by all of his neighbors on Fawn Oaks Road?McDonald Lake. Always quick with a smile and wave as you guys enjoyed a walk and so forth. I enjoyed reading about his teaching career! Mark & Lisa Nygaard"

Susanne Daood wrote on Oct 27, 2020:

"Chris, I am so sorry to learn of Duane?s death. I want you to know that the Moment-by-Moment group from Holy Spirit will be lifting Duane and your entire family up in prayer . May God grant us the day in the future when we can see each other in person and I can hug you and wish you peace. Susanne Daood"

Susanne Daood wrote on Oct 27, 2020:

"Chris, I am so sorry to hear about Duane?s death. The Moment-by-Moment group will remember Duane and all the family in our prayers. May we have the opportunity in the future to see each other and I can take you in my arms and wish you God?s peace. Susanne Daood"

Kathy Hammel wrote on Oct 24, 2020:

"Chris I am so Sorry for your loss of Duane, I recall visiting with you in Wal-Mart a few week's ago. Duane a Most Kind Wonderful One, as I remember the Both of You from Northgate Pool. I am so sorry! I'm thankful you had Great Years with him. God Bless and Prayers with Sympathy to All. Kathy Hammel"

Jerome Lensing wrote on Oct 24, 2020:

"The Knights of Columbus 11460 Holy Spirit our deepest sympathy during this time, prayers being said. Jerome Lensing, Grand Knight"

Lindy Aleshire wrote on Oct 23, 2020:

"I'm so sorry to find out that Duane got sick and has left us. There was never a kinder teacher, mentor or friend to the HH Arnold community. He is dearly missed. "

Cathy Eagan-Spicer wrote on Oct 23, 2020:

"We were sad to hear of Duane?s passing. Please know our prayers are with all of you. Cathy Eagan-Spicer "