Published: Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Duane Martin Kleiman was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Ann Arbor, Mich. His early years were spent being loved and cared for by his grandmother and great-grandmother. He later moved to Chicago, Ill., to be with his parents. They later settled in Lead, S.D., where he attended high school.
Duane joined the Marine Corp in 1954, discharging from active duty in 1957 where he attained the rank of corporal. He was in the Marine Corp. Reserves from 1957-62.
On Nov. 3, 1957, he married the love of his life, Etta Mae Seieroe. They began their life together in Custer, S.D. Duane was active with the Jaycee’s, was a Boy Scout leader, on a bowling league, was a swimming instructor and ran for county commission in his early years. He started a career in the grocery business with Red Owl and Nash Finch.
The family moved around with his job, finally returning to Custer in 1969. Duane and Mae decided to open a daycare, where many children came in and out of their home. He was known “PaPa or Grandpa” by all who came.
Later, he began working for Custer Lumber Sawmill as the manager. In 1973, he started a family business, Kleiman’s Wood Products. He supplied molding and other wood products to local outlets.
His greatest joys were his family and friends. He loved to attend his children and grandchildren’s events, whether it be a school play, a rodeo or a wrestling match. One of his greatest pastimes was to play cribbage. He taught all of his kids and grandkids how to play. He spent many hours outside in the yard fussing with the garden and landscaping.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had many great hunting and fishing adventures that he was happy to share with whomever would listen.
Duane was very fortunate in his battle with cancer. He was told he wouldn’t make it a year, but he managed to survive for 21 years. He got the joy of celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary and his 75th birthday. He had the pleasure of seeing all of his grandchildren graduate high school, and all of his children and three of his grandchildren’s college graduations. He was blessed with being a part of several weddings and the joy of having great-grandchildren. The great-grandchildren were a surprise joy for him. He loved each of them and relished the time he got to spend with them.
Duane believed in the statement, “Nothing is more intimidating than cancer. Nothing is more powerful than hope.”
Duane lost his long battle with cancer Dec. 12, 2013. He died at his home in Custer surrounded by his loving family. He was 76.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, David and Lucille Kleiman; and his brother, Hugh Kleiman.
Duane is survived by his wife of 56 years, Etta Mae; one son, Skip (Joyce) Kleiman of Dugway, Utah; two daughters, Denise (Bob) Morgan of Pringle, S.D., and DeDee Kleiman of Piedmont, S.D.; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Kleiman, Bob (Teri) Morgan, Jr., Christopher Morgan, Justin Kleiman, Joshua Morgan, Kayla (Dustin) Brown and Tate Halverson; three great-grandchildren, Trapper and Aniston Morgan and Dextin Kleiman; sister, Theresa Payne of Federal Way, Wash.; sister-in-law, Alice Kleiman of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were Dec. 16, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Burial followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.
A memorial has been established. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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