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Duane J. Higgins

Duane J. Higgins

Duane J. Higgins age 75 of Menomonie, formerly of Inver Grove Heights, MN, passed away on Saturday January 11, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, where he was being treated for Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Fibrosis.  He had been undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma for the past 18 months.

Duane was born October 30, 1944 near Huron South Dakota.  He was the son of Leo and Gladys (Roti) Higgins and grew up on the farm.  After graduating from Alpena High School in 1962.  Duane served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.  Duane moved to the Minneapolis area where he worked as a warehouseman and truck driver until his retirement in 2008.  Duane and his first wife, Gloria Trowbrigde, had two sons, Jim and Todd and later divorced.

In 1995 Duane married Patricia Klinker, making their home in Inver Grove Heights, MN and later moved to Menomonie, WI.  Duane loved the Minnesota Vikings, the Twins, Nascar, and anything John Deere, as well as hunting, fishing, camping, puttering in the yard, birdwatching, traveling and spending time with family and friends, especially the grandkids.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie and the Knights of Columbus.

Duane made the world a better place and he will be missed.

Duane is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, James (Kim) and Todd; step-children, Mike (Traci) Heidemann; Anne (Garrett) Illies; grandchildren; Kaitlyn Higgins, Ashley, Afton and Adam Heidemann; Elizabeth and Kathryn Lowe; sisters, Myrna Knigge, Marlene Howard, Janice Stange, Ilene Breakie and Diane Larson; sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Reed Hess, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Darrell.

Memorials are preferred to Stepping Stones of Dunn County or a local Veterans organization.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday January 22, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie.  Burial will be in the Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Online condolences may be at www.rhielfuneralhome.com

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.


  1. Roger Schaefer

    Pat, kids and relatives, we are so sorry to hear of Duaneā€™s passing. He was a well liked man and cast a large shadow. He will be missed. May the perpetual light shine on him.

  2. Harriet F. Link

    Dear Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult this is for you and your family. I hope you will be able to realize that Duane is in a good place, pain free and in God's hands.

  3. Deb and Tom Sinz

    So sorry to read of Duane's passing. He was such a great guy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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