Duane “Smoke” Pride, 84, of rural Osseo, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022, in hospice care at Heritage Court Memory Care in Eau Claire.
Duane was born Jan 27, 1938, to Byron and Marian (Miller) Pride. He was raised in rural Augusta before moving to Osseo. He had attended Rodell and the Pride Country School and graduated from Osseo High School.
On May 1, 1965, Duane was united in marriage to Judy Nokleby at the United Church of Christ in Osseo, and to this union their 3 children were born. For a few years the couple lived in Kenosha where Duane was employed at American Motors. Wanting to return back to northern Wisconsin, the family moved back to rural Osseo. He was employed for over 30 years for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on the sign crew. He retired at the age of 62. In addition to working for the state, he also was a cash crop farmer.
Duane lived a full life. He enjoyed traveling through out the United States with his brothers, riding motorcycles and attending several Sturgis Rallies. He also enjoyed his involvement with the Country Cruisers of Osseo attending events and car shows in his beautiful 1966 Chevy Impala SS. Over the years Duane had an interest in guns, was an avid reader of western and mystery novels, worked puzzles and built many woodworking projects. He especially loved the role as grandpa. He enjoyed attending his grandkids sporting and school activities.
Duane will be deeply missed by his 2 sons, Ricky (Peggy) Pride of Juneau, Cary Pride of Reynolds, IN; daughter, Shelly (Craig) Schmidt of Merrillan. Two brothers, Tom Pride of Whitehall and Doug Pride of Columbus, OH; and then his grandchildren; Jessica, Arich, Nicole, Brittney, Brett, Nathaniel, Ashland, Darby and Sadie; 7 great grandchildren; Molly, Lexie, Sol, Tinsley, Prestin, Login and Carsin. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta. A Celebration of Life will also be held that same day from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bloom’s Country Inn, rural Fairchild. In Smoke’s memory, his car club friends will be displaying their ”Cruisers“ at the celebration at Bloom’s and the family encourages others to share their cars and motorcycles at this time. A private burial service will be held in the Thompson Valley Cemetery, rural Augusta. The family is assisted by Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta.
Online condolences can be left at http://www.andersonfhaugusta.com .