Age 62, of Durand, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, June 21, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 501 N. Saginaw St. in Durand. The Rev. Jerry Walden will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 24, as well as one hour prior to the service Tuesday.
Duane was born March 14, 1957, in Durand to Harold “Bill” and Mary Ann “Tookie” (Curreli) Sprague. He attended and graduated from Durand High School in 1975.
He married Janice Robertson July 21, 1979. Together they raised three children on their farm in Durand. Duane worked for General Motors, retiring after 28 years. But his heart was always in farming. He worked hard to be a responsible farmer and valued the farm, becoming MAEAP verified.
For many years, he hosted an annual Fourth of July pig roast on his family farm. He enjoyed playing euchre and dice with his family and friends, as well as attending breakfast with the guys at the Durand Sportsman Club.
Becoming a grandpa this past year meant the world to him. Duane’s most valued possessions were his family and his farm. He instilled a strong work ethic in all his children, each of them following in his footsteps; cultivating not only the soil but also the friendships they’ve made throughout life.
The Duane’s family extends their deepest appreciation for all the love, support, phone calls, well wishes and help on the farm throughout the past two years.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Janice; children Adam Sprague, Joseph (Jessika Bayliss) and Jamie (Brett) Hausfelder; grandchildren Eleanor Hausfelder, Hank Sprague and Henry Sprague; brother William (Barbara) Sprague of Greenville, South Carolina; sisters Linda Terpening of Port Charlotte, Florida, Mary (Daniel) Plumley of Dothan, Alabama, Kathy (Rick) Clements of Wasilla, Alaska, and C.J. (Eric) Koan of Wasilla, Alaska; sisters-in-law Terry Tynes of Flint, Stephanie (John) Muston of Durand, Myra Gullett of Flint and Christine Cook of Flint; constant companion, Penny the dog; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Duane was predeceased by his parents, Harold Leroy and Mary Ann Sprague; mother-in-law Rosalie Robertson; and brothers-in-law Norman Terpening and Michael Gullett.
Memorials are suggested to Loaves and Fishes, 202 E. Main St., Durand, MI 48429 or The American Cancer Society, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111.
Those who wish to leave online condolences to the family may do so at watkinsfuneralhomes.com.