May 18, 1923 – April 9, 2018
June Marie Duerr, age 94, was born in Kremmling, Colorado, on May 18, 1923, and passed away in Benton, Arkansas, on April 9, 2018. She moved to Denver, Colorado, after high school graduation and became a secretary with Gardner Denver while she lived at the YWCA with other young women. While on a ski club trip, she met Hanswerner Duerr from Switzerland at a dance at Yellowstone Lodge in 1950 and they were married 4 months later. They enjoyed almost 54 years of marriage. June was able to be a "stay-at-home" Mom to 2 children, Donna and David, born after the couple moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The family then moved to Kansas City, Kansas, Dallas, Texas, and eventually to Little Rock in 1964. Aside from her devotion to family, June enjoyed gardening, boating, and camping. From her childhood growing up on a ranch, she continued to be a consummate animal-lover. Many family snow-skiing trips were taken as well. Her fondness for her church family at St. Mark's Episcopal Church continued beyond her ability to attend services. June was preceded in death by husband Hanswerner, son David, her parents, and her brother. She is treasured and missed by her daughter, Donna, of Cammack Village, Arkansas, and Tabernash, Colorado, her grandson Max (Jenny) of Little Rock, her great-grandchildren Mia and Nora of Little Rock, various cousins in the United States and Switzerland, and a plethora of friends. The family appreciates the support and care these friends provided for June, who is remembered for her compassion, humor, and plain common sense, in the last several years.
Visitation is Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth, 5800 West 12th, Little Rock (501) 661-9111. Memorial service is Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 1:00 P.M., at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 Mississippi Avenue, Little Rock, with a reception in the Parish Hall to follow. Interment is Monday, May 7, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., at Mount View Cemetery in Basin, Wyoming, where June's parents, Elizabeth and Wayne Woods, Hans, and David are also buried. Donations to honor June may be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society or to St. Mark's. Special memories of June can be shared with Donna, 105 Englewood Road, Cammack Village, Arkansas 72207.
- Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018
- Committal Monday, May 7, 2018
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April 18, 2018
Donna, so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a beautiful soul and I know you will miss her! Thinking of you and your family.
April 17, 2018
June was a lovely, gracious and caring lady. I’m going to miss her stories of growing up on the ranch and tales of adventures with Hans and the kids. Rest well.
April 15, 2018
Friendship with June Duerr was one of the sweetest gifts I have received through membership at St. Mark's. We lived in the same neighborhood and began our relationship by frequently going to church together. Later, on some Saturdays, I would accompany her to the hairdresser and then we would share lunch and conversation - she was delightful company. One might look at June and see her as a lovely, delicate woman and she was that - but so much more. She was strong. In her youth in the West, she and her brother rode their horses several miles to school, and spent the night there if it snowed. When her brother was called into service in WWII, June left her job in the city and returned to her father's ranch to take the brother's place as a ranch hand. She was an accomplished skier and loved to travel. Her husband Hans and her daughter and son--and her beloved pets-- were the centerpiece of her life. I loved June and will miss that beautiful smile, her stories, and our good times together. I pray God's comfort to Donna, Max, and all of June's extended family and many friends.