Duane V. Wilson, 82, of Tonasket died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Tonasket. He was born Aug. 11, 1935 in Hettinger, N.D., to parents Virgil and Irene Wilson. At a young age, the family moved from North Dakota to Tacoma, Wash. Duane attended schools there and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1953.
He then entered the U.S. Coast Guard serving for four years.
On March 20, 1954, he married Beverly Wick. They moved back to Tacoma where Duane worked for a glass company before he began his own Water Well Drilling Company. In 1975, they moved to Tonasket where he went to work as a broker for Upper Valley Realty and later purchased this business. He sold Upper Valley Realty and then worked for Hanna Realty until his retirement in March of 2017.
In 1976, he purchased the 2nd love of his life, a Beachcraft Bonaza. Duane was instrumental to the revitalization of the Tonasket Airport and he along with Bob McCammon started the Tonasket Fly Club. He built his own plane in his garage, flew it to Alaska and sold it there.
Duane enjoyed four wheeling, knife making and loved gadgets and tools. He loved his grandkids and great-grandkids who affectionately called him “Paca” and “G-PA”.
He was a member of the Tonasket American Legion and the Tonasket Eagles.
Duane is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Tonasket; three daughters, Donna (Jim) O’Brien of Athol, Idaho, Sue Lamphiear of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and Sheila a.k.a. the caboose (Bob) Rothrock, of Tonasket; one brother, Dennis Wilson of Yuma, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Marge Wilson, of Prosser, Wash.; five grandchildren, Robert Wild, Sammy (Jesse) Fountain, Alison (Kolt) Kartchner, Chelsey (Justin) Permenter and Chase (Kylie) Lamphiear; seven great-grandchildren, Karlee Kartchner, Lainee Kartchner, Parker Fountain, Passion Permenter, Bella Permenter, Bentley Permenter and Baylee Permenter
He was preceded in death by one brother, Ron Wilson; and three son-in-laws, Joe Lamphiear, Joe Miller, and Kenny Wild.
A Celebration of Duane’s life will be at a later date.
Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory in charge of arrangements.