Duane W. Landstrom, 81, of Bloomington passed through the door to his big red tractor, early in the morning on Sunday (Jan. 20, 2013.)
His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Kyle Kopp, Martin Kopp and Brian Phillips will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2013 at the memorial home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Duane was born Jan. 4, 1932, in rural Chenoa, the son of Roy S. and Anna S. Zlomke Landstrom. He married Virginia Lee Sprague on Nov. 20, 1955, at the Farmer City Methodist Church. His beautiful wife survives.
Also surviving are five children, Patricia (Timothy) Collier, Bloomington; Michael Landstrom, Roberts; Jeanette (Fred Bollig) Kessinger, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Jennifer Thrasher, Bloomington; and Yvonne Stroleny, Madison, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Michael (Paula) Collier, Bloomington; Robert Collier, Bloomington; Holly Kessinger, Madison, Wis.; Jonathan (Katheryn) Kessinger, Normal; Heather (William) Swanigan, Peoria; Kristen (Zeke) Stroleny-Scholbernd, Virginia Beach, Va.; Jamie Stroleny, Madison, Wis.; Jessica (Michael) Thrasher Booth Magouyrk, Vance, Ala.; and Rebecca (Luke) Thrasher Parris, Carrollton, Ala.; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lawrence (Darlene) Landstrom, Normal; Theodore Landstrom, LeRoy; and Laverne Landstrom, Odell; one sister, Wilma (Edgar) Strong, Citrus Heights, Calif.; and also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roy and Eugene Landstrom; one sister, Charlotte Schade; and two great-granddaughters, Alexis Collier and Sarabella Swanigan.
Duane was educated in Livingston County grade schools and graduated from Moore High School, Farmer City, in 1950, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy, serving proudly aboard the USS Roanoke from 1951 to 1954.
Duane farmed in the Odell, Loda, Buckley, Roberts and Farmer City areas and was employed the last 12 years at Walmart, Normal. He was a life member of the VFW, Bloomington Masonic Lodge and the Valley of Bloomington Consistory. He will be missed by all who loved him. “He snuck off and hauled ass to the truck in Heaven.”