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Duane Lawson passed away quietly on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from a prolonged illness at his home at Stigler, Okla. He lived his whole life in 74 years, 10 months and 22 days.

Duane Walter Lawson was born July 7, 1938 to Floyd and Ida (Madison) Lawson in Beloit, Wis. He attended school in Alberta, Minn. and graduated in 1957. He was one of eight children; Eleanor Greenway, Jeanette Lawson, Ron Lawson, Gary Lawson, Judy Wood, Roger Lawson, and Doug Lawson.

Together they worked on the family farm and in 1957 he moved to the Minneapolis, Minn. area. His career choice was a mechanic/painter but his passion was in restoration and custom painting. He shared this passion with his children and several of his grandchildren. His career gave him opportunities in many locations around the USA as well as global. Places of employment include; Du-Mar/Checkered Flag, International Harvester/Hall Equipment, Ledstrom Brothers Farms, Phillippi Equipment Company, Irby Construction Company, Lawson's Repair, as well as several small sand and gravel companies.

He loved his children but his grandchildren filled his heart with joy. He prided himself on being the first to introduce something of a sugary substance to them regardless their age or the parent's wishes. His hobbies included, his love of animals, horseback riding, cruise night, car show, board and card games.

He was met at Heavens gates by his parents Floyd and Ida; two infant siblings; one brother Ron; two grandchildren, Jacob and Travis.

Those waiting to join him in Heaven are his wife of 36 years Cindy (Holsworth) Lawson of Stigler, Okla., Children; Barb Dahm of Waconia, Minn., Bonnie Burgett of Tyler, Texas, Cindy (Robert) Early of Buffalo, Texad, Dennis (Jill) Lawson of Belle Plaine, Minn., Tiffany (Vince) Morris of Kapolei, Hawaii and Melissa (Andy) Cobbs of Whitefield, Okla.

17 grandchildren; James, Geoff, Jenni, Emma, Evan, Robby, Jordan, Jazlynn, Bradley, Molly, Trevor, Nick, Matt, Luke, Kristin, Brittney, Jessica and 12 great grandchildren; Karston, Kyler, Isabel, Courtney, Zachary, Jack, Alta, Lilly, Madeline, Madalynn, Kaden and Harrison.

Memorial Service held at 2:00pm Tuesday, June 4th at the VFW in Stigler, Okla. followed with a potluck dinner at 6:00pm. Please join us for an afternoon and evening of visiting and reminiscing.