Duane Reuben Clinkscales, age 78, of Winona, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in his home with his family at his side.
Duane was born June 6, 1935, in Eau Claire, Wis., to Reuben L. and Rosa M. (Schaefer) Clinkscales. He graduated from Rollingstone High School, Rollingstone, Minn. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., and enjoyed being on their Post travelling baseball team.
He enjoyed duck hunting and fishing, especially with close friend John; trips to North Dakota with friend Bill and their sons. Dewey, a left-handed pitcher, was well known in the area baseball community for the junk he threw up to the plate. At the age of 18 he was a standout hurler for the 1953 State Championship Rollingstone baseball team. He was a faithful member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona. He was also a member of Minnesota City Boat Club for many years, and enjoyed boating on the Mississippi.
He was formerly married to Grace Zaborowski and they had four children, Rick, Jay, Dean, and Kelly. He later married Joyce Nelson with her children, Teresa, Edward, and Scott.
Dewey is survived by his wife Joyce; children, Rick (Sondra) Clinkscales Christopher, Carley Jo (Jo-Jo); Jay (Paula) Clinkscales Michael; Dean (Kim) Clinkscales Christopher, Dylan; and Kelly (Jerry) Clinkscales Tyler, Ashley, Kahla; Teresa Kurtz (John) Lindsey, Libby, Tyler, Wil; Edward (Kimberly) Nelson Nicole, Stephanie; Scott (Shar) Nelson Cody, Tawnee, Lexi, Jax, and Mitch. He is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Caron (Jim) Nissen and Phyllis Erwin; and other relatives and dear friends who will miss him greatly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Clinkscales, and a sister, Judy May.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main St., Winona, Minn., 55987 with Rev. Msgr. Richard Colletti officiating. Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Post 9, Winona, Minn.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday.
The family prefers memorials be directed to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church, or Winona Area Hospice, 175 East Wabasha Street, Winona, Minn., 55987.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis.