Duane Vernon Rindy, 90, passed away Jan. 23, 2014.
Posted February 28, 2014
Duane Vernon Rindy, 90, passed away Jan. 23, 2014. He and his twin brother were born Oct. 12, 1923, in Arnegard, N.D. to John and Jean Rindy. He graduated from Arnegard High School before being drafted. During WWII he served from 1943-1946 as an Army infantryman, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in the same platoon as his twin brother, DuPont, during the liberation of New Guinea and the Philippines.
He married Mildred Okland, Feb. 15, 1947, in Plentywood and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007, shortly before Millie’s death. They had three children, Cynthia, Nicholette and Ronald.
After farming in N.D. for a year, Duane apprenticed in heating and plumbing, then graduated from sheet metal trade school in Wahpeton, N.D. He worked in Casper, Wyo., then moved to Baker, Mont., where he worked for Morrow Plumbing and Heating. He later became a master plumber, owning and operating his own sheet metal, plumbing and heating shop for 25 years.
In 1959 he was elected to the Montana legislature as a representative, serving one term. He owned the Dahlman Motel, a laundromat trailer park, and was a part owner of the livestock auction. He also helped start up the radio station. While in Baker, he was active in the community, the American Legion, and the American Lutheran Church.
In 1979, he and Millie moved to Olympia, Wash., where he was a sheet metal worker for ten years before he retired. In Olympia, he was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Millie; daughter, Nicky Hoem; three sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Klimas; his son, Ron (June); nine grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
No services were held per his request. A veteran’s interment ceremony will be held at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery.
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