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Duane Wilder died Aug. 13, 2015, while resting at his home in Williamsburg. He was 62.
Born in Alpena, Michigan, he was the oldest son of Shirley (Keetch) and the late Arthur Wilder and the brother of Darwin and Dennis Wilder.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie (Morris) and their children, Samantha Wilder, Cody Wilder and Nicole Maaguo, along with her husband and their children, Nadia, Olivia and Greyson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was the first person in his family to graduate college, completing his degree at Briar Cliff College. Duane was a respected businessman who started his career as a young co-owner of Alpena Ford Tractor before marrying and moving to Iowa to launch a career with J.I. Case Corporation in their manager training program.
Duane’s work ethic, business sense and friendly nature led to the first of many promotions in his career when he became retail operations manager of North America for J.I. Case in Racine, Wisconsin. He would continue to rise and lead multiple agricultural and heavy equipment companies to significant growth, including his 11-year term as president of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co.
Duane took great pride in his ability to provide jobs and would surprise employees with handwritten cards after an illness or birthday.
His approachable nature earned him many friends and respect within the industry, serving in roles as board member and treasurer for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers; board member and vice chair for CE Sector; board member for the Association of Equipment Distributors Foundation; member of the Association of Equipment Distributors Industry Roundtable; life member and past state and national judge of Future Farmers of America; and president of the Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of Industrial Development Commission in Ida Grove, Iowa.
Always a proud father, Duane recently gathered with his family and grandchildren to celebrate his youngest daughter’s law school graduation in May.
Friends and family are invited for a ceremony to celebrate Duane’s life beginning with visitation at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Hillman Free Methodist Church, followed by a service at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by the Nelson Funeral Home with Green Funeral Home assisting.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Alpena Community College Scholarship Fund for Non-Traditional Students, in lieu of flowers.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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