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(Edward) Duane Peterson, 82

Duane Peterson died peacefully in Lake of the Woods District Hospital on Monday, November 3rd, 2014, at the age of 82.
Duane is survived by his mother, Gerda Peterson, children Lori Ukrainec (Ernie) and Colin Peterson (Brenda), grandchildren Karen Drake (Ryan), April Wetelainen, Meaghan Peterson, Jenna Horth (Mike), Sharla Peterson (Blaine Roque), and great-grandchildren Kolby, Payton, Karter and Madden, as well as many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Duane is predeceased by his wife Ella, father Art Peterson, and brother Ross Peterson.

Duane was born on October 18, 1932 in McCrosson Township. He grew up in the Bergland area, helping his parents with their general store as a young boy, and then helping his father in his logging business, before going off to Atikokan to work in the mine. He began his 30 year career with the OPP in June 1957.
On July 4, 1958 he married Ella Peters in Rainy River, Ontario. They raised two children while moving through various postings at ten different locations across Northern Ontario.
Some of the interesting highlights of his career with the OPP included roles as detachment commander, flying into remote locations on many occasions and being a part of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. He retired from his role of Inspector in the Kenora district in June 1987.
After retiring from the OPP, Duane enjoyed a second career as a fishing guide on Lake of the Woods. Working long hours, and many times seven days a week, he was fortunate enough to get paid do to what he loved most! He had many return clients who not only enjoyed the fishing experience, but also loved the amazing shore lunches provided by Ella.
Throughout his life he was an avid fisherman, hunter and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. Lake of the Woods always held a special place in his heart.
In more recent years Duane became a NASCAR fan and was known to be in front of the TV on Sunday afternoons watching the Cup race. It was easy to pick Duane out in a crowd, as he proudly wore his colorful #48 Jimmie Johnson hat.
With the support of his family and many good friends, Duane made a remarkable recovery from a tough illness this summer. He was just starting to enjoy his independence again before being taken away from us suddenly.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held in Kenora on Saturday, November 8, 2014.