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Duane ‘Dewey’ Skluzacek, 59

Duane “Dewey” Skluzacek, 59, of Lester Prairie, raised in Chanhassen with summers spent in Lonsdale, died on June 24, 2019, in Minneapolis.

Dewey was born August 4, 1959 in Minneapolis to Alois and Adeline (Moravec) Skluzacek.

He is survived by wife, Linda Kerber; daughter Catie (Ben) Weide, and mother Julie Rekow; sisters Denise (Bruce) Ormberg; Doreen (John and niece, Maggie) Seekon; Darcene (Keith and niece, Alisha (Ben) Lindberg, and nephews Tyler (Gloria) and Jake) Colling. 

Dewey was known for his tremendous work ethic and generous heart. He graduated from Chaska High School in 1977 and continued his education at the Minneapolis Community College Police Training and Hennepin County Vo-Tech to learn carpentry.

Dewey spent 40 years working at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, starting with snowplowing and parking cars, moving on to building maintenance, until he became part of the investment ownership group.

Additionally, Dewey operated his own construction company specializing in remodeling, tile work, and woodworking.

In retirement, Dewey moved out to a hobby farm in Lester Prairie, where he raised chickens, collected antique farm implements, and made smoked meat and baked goods, which he loved to share with anyone who stopped by. 

A celebration of Duane’s life will take place later this summer. Details to follow, please contact: dewberryday@gmail.com.

Arrangements are by Bertas Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chaska.

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