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Obituary: Richard R. Durre, 92 - January 6, 2017
FLANAGAN - Richard R. Durre, 92, of Flanagan, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Friday (Jan. 6, 2017) at St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Flanagan, with visitation at 10 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Mark Knappe will officiate. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery, Flanagan, where military rites will be accorded by the Flanagan American Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Richard was born May 24, 1924, in Minonk, to Albert R. and Hattie Yordy Durre. He married Agnes Marie Aeschliman on June 15, 1947, in Minonk. She preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 2010.

Surviving are his children, Allan (Karen) Durre, James (Tammy) Durre and Kathleen (Timothy) Schaefer, all of Flanagan; five grandchildren, Rick (Bonnie Collins) Durre, Marla (Chris) Moore, Justin (Hannah) Schaefer, Amy Schaefer and Madison Durre; six great-grandchildren, Michael Durre, Jacob and Joshua Moore and Drew, Lily and Luke Schaefer; one brother, Mike Durre, Quincy; and a sister, Mary Ellen (Martin) Lange, Peoria.

His parents, four brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Dick's greatest joy in life came from his family. He delighted in teaching his grandchildren to drive in his bean field or around his yard on a golf cart. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, and many special ballgames were attended with friends and family.

Dick enjoyed woodworking and spent hours making furniture for and with family. Farming was a great passion for Dick. He truly cared about the land.

Dick served in the U.S. Navy, joining May 26, 1944, and was discharged May 21, 2946. He was very proud to have served all over the world on a troop transport ship.

Dick was baptized and confirmed. He served as a church council member at St. John's Lutheran Church, Flanagan. He served as a board member of Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Flanagan for nine years. He was a member of the Flanagan American Legion Post 456.

Dick was an active member in his community and will be greatly missed by one and all.

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