Duane R. Leerar, 80, of Garner passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner with Rev. Fr. Andrew Marr officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Duncan.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 21, 2021 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner with a Scriptural wake service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Cataldo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Duane Richard Leerar, the son of Herman and Lula (Jackson) Leerar, was born on December 26, 1940 in Woden, Iowa. He attended the rural schools of Hancock County and graduated from Britt High School in 1960. After high school, Duane was employed at Nebraska Foods-Milk Plant in Britt and also worked in road construction. On November 30, 1963, he married the love of his life, Paulette Nedved, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner. They lived at Hutchins for a year before moving to the Nedved family farm south of Miller where he farmed all of his life until retirement. Besides farming, he also worked at Winnebago Industries, Forester, Walnut Grove Feed, and Iowa Mold Tooling for 24 years until his retirement in 2002. During retirement, he enjoyed driving cars for Ollenburg Motors in Garner. Duane loved spending time with his family, farming, traveling, and socializing. Furthermore, he looked forward to his morning coffee at Ollenburg Motors, and he also enjoyed driving his red Chevy truck and checking the crops in the countryside. Duane will always be fondly remembered by his family for leaving a lasting impression with everyone he knew and met.
He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Duane is survived by his wife, Paulette, of Garner; four children, Michael (Jolene) Leerar of Garner, Ronald Leerar of Garner, Gregory (Susie) Leerar of Garner, and Sherri (Rodney) Halfpop of Garner; grandchildren, Kayla Leerar (fiancé, Isaac Holter) and their son, Maverick, Jacob Leerar, Tyler Leerar, Justin (Beth) Faber and their two children, Jackson and Brynlee, Jamie (Brandon) Trenhaile and their two sons, Brody and Brock, and Jesse Halfpop and his three children, Harper, Max and Landyn; four sisters, Leona Welter of Corwith, Darlene Day of Britt, Linda Foy of Odebolt, and Vicki Trunkhill of Algona; a brother, Larry Leerar of Clear Lake; a sister-in-law, Teresa Leerar of Britt; sister-in-law, Geraldine (Gene) Baker of Garner; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Charlie and Esther Nedved; brother, Lester Leerar; brothers-in-law, Daniel Day, Thomas Welter, Charles Foy, and Charles Trunkhill; nephews, Mark and Marty Leerar and baby Trunkhill; and nieces Shannon and unborn baby Curley, Megan Foy, and Cheryl (Mark) Andersen.
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