Duane Jerome Wickert, 84, of Rochester, MN passed away on February 11, 2021 at home. He was born on November 30, 1936 in Ceylon, MN, the son of Joseph and Sarah Wickert. He married Connie Laabs on June 22, 1966 in Rochester, MN. Duane was in the Marine Corps from February 3, 1955 to February 2, 1959. He was a sheet metal worker for local union #10 for 50 years before retiring on January 15, 1996.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Duane's hobbies were buying and selling goods and he was an avid collector of multiple items. He was a Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan and a member of Pax Christi Catholic Church.
Duane is survived by his wife, Connie; sons, Jeff Wickert and Sam (Susie) Sletten; daughters, Jodi (Al) Martin, Lisa (LeRoy) Spearman, and Lori Withem; daughter-in-law, Linda Wickert; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Sarah Wickert; two brothers, Burdette and Terry; and son, Jerome Wickert.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Pl NW, Rochester, MN. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, masks and social distancing measures are required.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Wickert family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
"So sorry to hear of Duane's passing. Deepest sympathy to the family. I have fond memories of Duane. We grew up across the street from each other in Ceylon having lots of fun, he was a good friend. I still live in the same home place with my wife Joyce. "
"Lisa, so sorry for your loss. Hugs and Prayers for you and your family. May the memories of your Dad help ease the pain in the days a head. Please know that your coworkers are thinking of you.
"Lisa, so very sorry to hear of your loss. I truly understand what a difficult time this is. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God?s Blessings "
"Working on the same job sites with Duane was always a pleasure of mine. He always had a good and positive attitude I witnessed. My sincere condolences to you all. He was and is a great man in my eyes and I?m sure in others. Till we meet again. "
"Jodi, Al, Connie and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. He was an amazing person to get to know a bit these last several years. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers! We love you! Laura, Eden, Mychaella and Giannah"