Duane was born in Walla Walla on June 29, 1941, to Fred Charles and Ruby Alley Remus. He grew up in Dixie and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1959. He joined the Army shortly after high school in 1963 and served until honorably discharged in 1969. After serving in the Army, Duane worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 20 years after which time he was medically retired.
Duane participated in the local Shriners group, sold real estate and loved riding ATVs in the mountains. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, photography, gardening, playing with his dogs and 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He loved traveling to Arizona with his wife each winter and returning to their home in Waitsburg each spring.
Duane is survived by his wife, Betty at the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Rob Mercer of Richland and Elizabeth and Dennis Wright of Waitsburg; two sons and daughter-in-law, John and Toni Stiffler of Prescott and Richard (Rik) Remus of Monarch, Colo.; one sister, Darleen Smith of Hermiston; one sister-in-law, Dottie Remus of Tacoma; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Melvin Remus; and one sister, Eva Hall.
A celebration of life will be held at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Steve Morris officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Waitsburg Ambulance Fund through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herrringgroseclose.com.