Lloyd A. Duranceau, age 78, of Owen, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by his family. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee. The Rev. Bonnie Cain will officiate. Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Owen-Withee American Legion Post #123. Family and friends are welcome on Monday, April 7 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church.
Lloyd was born September 6, 1935, the son of Ralph and Elsa (Hassle) Duranceau in Merrill. He attended school in Merrill and enlisted in the Navy in June of 1955. Lloyd served in Korea as a flight mechanic. He was honorably discharged due to a hardship in the family in August of 1957 to help out on the family farm in Merrill. On April 28, 1958, Lloyd was united in marriage to Carol Fry in Center City, MN. The continued out west to Cutbank, MT where he worked as a foreman on John Quist ranch. In 1959, the couple moved back to the farm in Merrill. He also worked at Rock of Ages quarry in Wausau, taught welding and was a supervisor at Conseco in Medford, worked at Wrightway Mfg. in Owen. Lloyd started his own company, “Duranceau and Sons Trucking” where he retired due to medical reasons. He then became a driver for the Amish and Mennonites.
Lloyd was an avid sportsmen and outdoorsmen and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and helping the family with making maple syrup. He also loved to watch sports, attend flea markets, played cards, including sheep head and cribbage and shooting pool. Lloyd especially loved giving rides to his great-grandchildren on his motorized wheelchair.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol; seven children: Andy (Earlene) Duranceau of MN, Cindy (Greg) Bartnik of New London, Jeff (Bernice) Duranceau of Fon du Lac, Annette (Doug) Blunt of Colby, Brian Duranceau (Paula Huber) of Necedah, Lynne (Joseph) Larson of Wausau and Tori (Aaron) Knutson-Granec of San Angelo, TX; 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by five siblings: Marilyn Kufahl of Merrill, Fern Clausen of Merrill, Eloise Schultz of Montello, Goldy (Jack) Broen of Merrill and Loren (Aracely) Duranceau of Merrill; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings: Alfred Duranceau, Vivian Duranceau, Darryl Duranceau, Ellen Schultz, Arlene Kunke, Iris Claussen and Jean Duranceau.