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Duane Avery, age 79, of Warren, died Thursday morning, Feb. 23, 2012, at 3:50 a.m. at Warren General Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 21, 1932 in Ridgway to the late Gerald and Ellen Nelson Avery. Duane has been a Warren area resident since 1957. He was a 1952 graduate of Ridgway High School and had served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Private First Class. He was employed with the former Lorangers for 10 years and with the former G.T.E. Sylvania as a Mold Maker for over 27 years before retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and Kinzua Kar Club as he enjoyed and owned his 1929 Pontiac and a 1967 Pontiac GTO.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene E. Kemmer Avery whom he married Sept. 9, 1961 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgway; two daughters, Lisa Mack of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Chris Morrison and husband, Bruce of Pittsfield; one brother, Max Avery and wife, Naomi Jean of Ridgway; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Avery.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren on Saturday from Noon until 2 p.m. when a funeral and committal service will be conducted at with Rev. Kevin Haley, Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Full military honors will be conducted at the funeral home by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. funeral detail and the U.S. Army personnel. Interment will be in Oakmont Cemetery, Ridgway. Those wishing to submit e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.