November 22, 2022 at 4:11 p.m.

Duane L. Hanauer

Duane L. Hanauer
Duane L. Hanauer


Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 18 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Duane L. Hanauer, 84, of Avon, who died Nov. 13, 2022,  at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Greg Miller, OSB, officiated, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Dewey was born Nov. 19, 1937, in Albany to Ben and Ida (Markus) Hanauer. He received his education in Albany, finishing his GED in the U.S Navy. He was married to his wife, Ramona Hill, his pillar and confidant, for 66 years. His graduation from Dunwoody Technical College, in Anoka, was the springboard for the creation of Hanauer Machine Works in Avon. After retirement, he continued using his entrepreneurial skills in a mining operation in Alaska followed by Big Tractor Parts in North Dakota.  His spirit of community showed in many ways. He was involved in the city of Avon, Lions Club, Sportsman’s Club and Ducks Unlimited. For those that got beyond his explosive nature, he was a mentor and friend. His passion for life showed in his enthusiasm for family, friends, travel, hunting, fishing, NASCAR and sports.  The last few years you would find him smoking a cigar and playing cards with friends. His family is proud to call him husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and brother-in-law. He will be forever in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife, Mona; daughters Joan (Mike) Jenkins and Judy (Joe) Plemel; grandchildren Jessica Bogut, Jennifer Trostem, Justin Plemel, Aaron Jenkins, Jenna Minni and Charles Deitschmann; and great-grandchildren Lucas, Henry, Leah, Zander, Blair, Harvey, Lincoln and Genevieve.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughters Joyce and Debbie and siblings Burt and Dee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be given to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, 5537 Galaxy Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.



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