Duane J. Allen

November 12, 1920February 13, 2012

Duane J. Allen age 91, passed away peacefully Monday, February 13, 2012, while at St. Luke’s Hospital Hospice.

Duane was born November 12, 1920 in Duluth to Sylvester and Julia Allen. He was a 1939 graduate of Denfeld High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during W.W. II. On March 28, 1944 Duane married Margaret “Marge” L. Mioch. He retired from U.S. Steel in 1972 after almost 30 years of service.

Duane enjoyed making bread and everyone loved eating the results. He was passionate about ballroom dancing and even took lessons.

Duane was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church and served as an usher and greeter. He was a member of the American Legion Post #71 and A.A.R.P.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Marge; two sisters, Maureen Reif, of Skadia, MI and Patricia Allen of Roseville, MN; nieces and nephews, Alene (Steven) Colvin, of Cottage Grove, MN, Susan (John) High, of Duluth, Kenneth (Suzette) Hantz, David (Jennifer) Hantz, and Donald (Kim) Hantz, all of Michigan, Jeremy High, of Duluth, Janet (John) Scanlon, of Saginaw, Joan Smith, of Florida, Jack A. Johnson, of Alaska, five step nieces and nephews; dear friends and neighbors, Arthur and Fay Swede and family.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to St. James Catholic Church or the donor’s choice.

Visitation from 10:00am until the 11:00am Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 20th at St. James Catholic Church, 721 N. 57th Ave. W. Please leave a memory of Duane or words of support for the family at Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.


  • Mass of Christain Burial Monday, February 20, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, February 20, 2012

Duane J. Allen

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Nancy Shamblott

February 20, 2012

My dear family,
Mr. Allen were so loved by so many people. We especialy loved him for his home cooked meals he alwasy made for the Spirit Vally St. Louis County Federal Savings and Loan employees. We Will never forget your kindness and loving heart. Nancy Shamblott