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Vegors, Duane D. (1921-2001)


Posted By: Debbie Greenfield (email)
Date: 1/11/2022 at 15:48:33

Daily Freeman Journal
Webster City, Iowa
Thursday, October 4, 2001

Duane Vegors, 80, Dayton, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. His body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001 at the United Methodist Church in Dayton. Rev. John J. Hembry will officiate. A flag presentation will be conducted by the Peterson American Legion Post #323 of Dayton. A private family burial of cremains will be held at Vegors Cemetery near Stratford at a later date.

Duane D. Vegors was born August 11, 1921 in Lehigh, the son of Willie D. and Mildred (Woodle) Vegors. He was a graduate of the Dayton High School and then attended Drake College for two years. Duane was drafted into the United States Army and served as a sergeant in the 233rd combat engineers in the South Pacific during WWII. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Dayton and joined his father as an independent cattle buyer and trucker. On Feb. 9, 1946, he was united in marriage to Erma L. Dybdal in Gowrie. Duane was employed as a cattle buyer for many years until retiring in 1969 due to failing health. The couple started their married life living in Dayton and had lived in several cities in Iowa and surrounding states before retiring to San Antonio, Texas. Duane and Erma returned to Dayton in 1996. Erma passed away on Nov. 17, 1997.

Duane was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dayton. He belonged to the Dayton Wrangler's Club and had served as the group's first president. Duane was one of the three original founders of the Dayton Rodeo and had served on the Rodeo Celebration Committee for many years. Duane's pastimes included fishing, playing cards with friends, dancing with his wife Erma, making jewelry and riding a good horse.

Duane is survived by a son, Norman Duane and his wife Debra Vegors, Dayton, a daughter, Marcia and her husband Bud Williams of Fort Collins, Colo.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Maxine Bloomquist of Mesa, Ariz., a brother, Richard and wife Pam Vegors of Des Moines; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and many adopted children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Erma L. Vegors, and brother Jack Vegors.

Memorials may be directed to the discretion of the family.


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