Duane Wilmar Fugleberg was born in New Rockford, N.D. and worked all over the world in pulp and paper for 45 years. Duane served with the United States Army, 334th Armed Helicopter Company. He was an engineering genius and could draw the layout and dimensions of most anything more quickly, accurately and decisively than any computer-aided designers. He worked up to the time of his death on designs and cost estimation as well as assisting his sons and brother on a design for a deck they wanted to build for him. Duane thought of more things than most people could actually ever do. His ability to visualize designs, estimate and organize was uncanny.
He was a “man’s man” and a “gentle giant.” His smile was contagious, filling his face and brightening his eyes. His granddaughter mistook him for John Wayne and for years referred to him as Papa Wayne thinking he was the real deal and an actor. He said “I’ll take that any day.”
Duane died with a movie poster of “The Cowboys” hanging on the wall in front of him and surrounded by his family. He passed away on his 50th wedding anniversary and John Wayne’s birthday.
Duane was a wonderful husband and best friend to Toni Glasco Fugleberg for 50 years. He was an exceptional father, mentor, and friend to Duane Fugleberg Jr., Brian Boswell, Brett Boswell, Traci Fugleberg, Todd Fugleberg and Dean Fugleberg. He has six siblings, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and a grandchild.
“When the road looks tough ahead, remember the man upstairs and the word hope. Hang onto both and tough it out,” and “We’re burning daylight” — John Wayne.
“The sun has set and you are in His hands now Papa Wayne.”
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Harbor Home Health Hospice, 1600 Pacific Avenue #2, Long Beach, WA 98631.
A celebration of Duane’s life will be held 1200 July 31st at the family home in Ocean Park, Wash.