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Goglin Funeral Home, Scotland
Friday March 18th, 2011
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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St. George Catholic Church
Saturday March 19th, 2011

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Duane Carl Blachnik

Fr. Mathew Vazhappilly
Organist ~ Georgianne Pravecek
Soloist ~ Kelli Mehlhaf
“One Day at a Time”
“Sweet Hour of Prayer”
Congregational Hymns
“Gift of Finest Wheat”
“On Eagle’s Wings”
All of Duane’s Children, Stepchildren,
Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren
All of His Pinochle Playing Friends
All of His Many Trucking Friends,
Especially Harold, Leland, Joe & John
Duane Carl Blachnik was born Monday, April 17, 1944 in Yankton, South Dakota to Carl and Viola (Blaha) Blachnik. He attended country school through the 8th grade and graduated from Scotland High School in 1962. After high school, he served two years in the Army Reserves and nine years in the Springfield National Guard unit. Duane married Mary Ann Murray on September 24, 1983.  Duane started his 40-plus year career in trucking as a truck driver for Ray Diede. He drove for many companies over the years: he drove flatbed for Joe Drotzmann, and for seven years, he and his wife, Mary Ann, drove as a team for All-American, Elton Wek, Alumax and last for Ron Schoellerman. He was an excellent driver and his logbooks were always in A1 shape. He always kept in contact with his driving buddies and some of them called him daily.  He knew every mile marker, Interstate roadway and where all the truck stops were. For the past ten years, Duane was in failing health and on nice days he would head uptown in his chair to play pinochle at the Hide-Out and VFW. He loved winning a couple of bucks! God Bless you guys!! Duane passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Avera Yankton Care Center at the age of 67 years.
Duane is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Ann of Scotland; his son Charles (Krickett) Blachnik and granddaughter Kadi of Granite Falls, North Carolina; his daughter, Heather (Jay) Weeks and three grandchildren, Olivia, Owen and Zeb, of Hickory, North Carolina; his stepchildren: Jeff, Scott, Julie and Mark; three step-granddaughters: Bridgett, Brianna, and Alexis; two step-great-grandsons: Teyton and Keatan; two sisters: Renee (Loren) Mehlhaf of Mitchell and Diana (Roger) Vanness of Parkston; three nieces and two nephews; his special “Auntie Dee”; many cousins; his best friends Harold (Delores) Barkl of Cle Elum, Washington and Leland (Barb) Papik of Mission Hill; and his pet, Emma Louise, whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Viola Blachnik.

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To the Blachnik family. We are deeply saddened to hear of Duane passing on. I have many miles logged with Duane from my Alumax days and many positive memories. Duane traveled with a positive attitude and I can still recall one of his favorite quotes. "The minute we leave the house we're all ready on our way home". Safe travels Duane.

Barry and Jan Boeckman Apr 10 2011 6:33 AM

Maryann, We are so sorry for your loss. Duane was indeed a very special person, especially to Joe. Duane taught him the "ropes" of truck driving and they shared many special memories and plenty of laughs as they drove as a team for many years over the road. Together, they hauled hogs from Sioux Falls to Seattle and returned with a load of cattle. Duane was the best 18 Wheeler teacher that Joe could have ever asked for and a great team member. May he rest in peace...he will be missed. Joe and Marilyn Kiehlbauch

Joe & Marilyn Kiehlbauch Mar 30 2011 8:00 PM

Mary Ann, my deepest sympathy in the loss of Duane. I worked with Duane at Alumax (and also with you) and those were good times. May God give you peace and comfort during this sad time.

Marella Miedema Mar 19 2011 10:02 AM

to mary: I remember the first time Duane came to work for us. he was driving a truck for us that we call the ford falcon . it was like a two story truck. it was 1968, so you see Duane has been a friend to us for many years. I would have liked to be with you people at thefuneral but we'll remember you and Duane in our prayers. ps: say hi to every one for me. Yours truly, Joe & Dorothy Drotzmann

Joe & Dorothy Drotzmann Mar 18 2011 9:50 PM

Rest in peace my dear cousin. I have so many memories of growing up together and spending time on your parents' farm. The kindnesses you and MaryAnn showed to Dad will never be forgotten. You will be missed.

Bev Wilson Mar 18 2011 8:12 PM

Maryann, don't know if remember me, I did your hair and Sam came to meet us. I am sorry for your loss. am glad you had a relationship. blessings to you.

linda marks Mar 18 2011 5:47 PM

To Mary Ann and to each of you who loved Duane, I am sending my most sincere sympathy. Duane and my deceased husband, John Pickner, both drove for Alumax when I met Duane. I always appreciated his hearty laugh and always enjoyed being in his company. I pray God bless and comfort each of you in your sorrow and grant Duane eternal happiness until we meet again. Just know he is at peace and would not come back here to continue in his sufferings, even if he could. He is not gone, he just went home before the rest of us. Jesus and I love you all! Marlene (Pickner) Johnson

Marlene (Pickner) Johnson Mar 18 2011 2:28 PM

Thinking of you Mary Ann and Family; No one truly comprehends the loss that you feel, the sadness that you must be going through... And yet, warm thoughts are reaching out in hopes that you will know the strength and comfort that this wishes you. With Sympathy Tanya Bult & Family

Tanya (Bertrand) Bult Mar 18 2011 12:33 PM

Maryann, we send our sympathy to you and all your family. It has been a lot of years since we worked together, and Tom and Duane worked at Alumax but remember those times fondly. We send our prayers.

Tom and Bev Schramm Mar 18 2011 7:53 AM

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Duane. I graduated with Duane and remember him as very nice and caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time and days to come Our sympathy. Shirley and Gary Brosz

Shirley Schuette Brosz Mar 18 2011 6:34 AM

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