Duane L Clark was born July 11, 1937, to Clarence and Florence (Otto) Clark at their rural Lake City home. He passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center. Duane was baptized at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake City and grew up on the family farm south of town. He attended school in Lake City, graduating in 1955. Duane loved the farm and helped his dad and brothers with everything. He was especially fond of the horses and that fondness was with him his entire life.

In November 1960, Duane married Susan McCrea. They had five children, Matthew, Michael, Jennifer, Scott and Chadd. Duane and Susan later divorced, and Duane moved to the Guthrie Center area. This is where he met and married Janet Nickel. Duane and Janet had one daughter, Cassandra.

Duane worked for farmers before he found his perfect job. He worked 25-plus years at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Youth Camp at Lake Panorama. Besides being the all-around maintenance man, he gave horse rides three days a week. This he enjoyed very much, and so did the campers. He and several camp counselors became close friends. Those friendships have lasted several years. Duane retired from St. Thomas Moore in 2011. He continued to give horse rides for another five years and fully retired in 2016. He kept the horse herd until 2022.

Duane is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Matt (Angie) Clark of Glidden; Jennifer (Scott) Helle of Rockwell City; Scott (Linda) Clark of Early; Chadd (Kirstin) Clark of Park Rapids, Minnesota; Cassandra (Matthew) Fronapfel of Guthrie Center; stepchildren, Alicia (Richard) Ciesielski of Guthrie Center and Curtis Nickel of Thailand. Duane had 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents, Clarence and Florence; infant son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Linda Clark; son-in-law, Scott Helle; and grandson, Anthony Clark.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guthrie Center. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Lake City. Online condolences may be left at wwwtwiggfuneralhome.com.