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Duane C. Sayles, 64

Duane Clay Sayles died Sunday, May 3.

Duane Clay Sayles was born in Eau Claire, Wis., the son of Russell and Irene (Halverson) Sayles, on July 15, 1944.

After graduating from high school, he entered the United States Air Force in 1966. While in the Air Force, on Nov. 16, 1968, he was united in marriage to Diana Leora Prince at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash. He was discharged in December of 1969 and in January of 1970 they moved to Amery, Wis.

He worked as a mechanical draftsman for Doboy Packaging in New Richmond. He served as a Little League baseball coach in Amery. Having been an Eagle Scout himself, he stayed active in Scouting and served with the Amery Boy Scout Troop, being Scoutmaster for several years.

He was an avid fisherman whenever time allowed. Duane had gone to their trailer at the Chippewa River Campground near Cornell, Wis. for the fishing opener. He died at their trailer there on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the age of 64 years.

His mother preceded him in death.

Left to mourn are his wife Diana; sons Douglas A. Sayles and Dion (Taryn) Sayles; one grandson Derek Lee Sayles; father Russell Douglas Sayles; brother Michael (Debbie) Sayles; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Amery with Pastor Keith Ruehlow officiating. Soloist was Eric Aleckson and organist was Julaine Berglund. Urn bearer was Eugene Mireau.

Military honors were rendered by the Amery VFW and American Legion Posts. His remains will be interred at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Spooner at a later date.

Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Amery, Wis.