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Duane Scharpen -- Wanamingo

June 4, 2018

Duane D. Scharpen, 84, of Wanamingo, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Zumbrota Health Service Center. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wanamingo, with the Rev. Christopher Culuris officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, June 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mahn Family Funeral Home — Larson Chapel in Zumbrota and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Duane Delano Scharpen was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Red Wing to Louis and Mamie (Krie) Scharpen. He attended Goodhue schools until he was needed to work on the family farm. On July 28, 1953, he married Mary Ann Solberg in Wanamingo. They owned and operated Hader Store for 12 years. Duane also worked construction for Minnesota Farm Buildings and Lodermeiers Implement building farm buildings. He was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving on various boards, and he participated many years in the Wanamingo 4th of July parade.

Duane was an avid sports fan and never missed a grandchild’s game. Duane also enjoyed watching baseball, playing in local softball leagues, joking with friends, chatting with everyone he met, and spending time with family.

Duane is survived by his daughter, Rita (favorite son-in-law, Allan) Radke of Eden Prairie; a son, Brad Scharpen of Cannon Falls; adoring grandchildren Liza (Chad) Griggs, Jordan Radke, Candi (Derek) Stern, and Jake Scharpen; his amused great-grandchildren, Mason, Paisley, Levi, Trey and Charlie; special friend, Dolly; and countless friends and family members.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife and “side kick” of 60 years, Mary Ann; patient parents Louis and Mamie; and brother Don Scharpen.

Condolences may be left for the family online at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.