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Duane G. Ganser

DUANE G. GANSER age 63, beloved husband for 29 years of Carol A. (nee Hess); loving father of Jason (Nancy), Dawn, Jarod (wife Jennifer) and Rev. Anthony Marshall, SSS; devoted grandfather of 7; cherished son of the late Gordon and Mary (nee Geffre); dearest brother of Joan Weiszhaar (husband Butch), Carol Miller (husband Ken), Susan Durheim (husband Dennis) and Morris “Joe”; treasured nephew of the late Jerome and Patricia Ganser; dear cousin of the late Ruth Ann Ganser. Survived by his K-9 hunting partner, Coco.

Duane was born October 26, 1954 in Leola, South Dakota and passed away on September 24, 2018.  He grew up in Euclid and later moved to Highland Heights.  Duane graduated from Euclid High School.  He retired as a superintendent of the Parks & Recreation Department in Euclid where he worked for 30 years.  Duane was on the board of the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association (ODCCA) since 1990.  He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever.  Duane loved carving duck decoys and spending his time outdoors.  He was an avid hunter and guide at the Winous Point Shooting Club.  Spending time with his family, duck carving, and hunting gave Duane the most enjoyment in life.  He loved all holidays with his family, and looked forward to September 1, when duck season started.  Duane was the nicest guy you would ever meet.  He was kind hearted, a friend to everyone, and a simple man of faith who loved God and all his creation.  He will be greatly missed.

Contributions may be made in memory of Duane to Blessed Sacrament Education Fund 5384 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Hts., OH 44143. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 29, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 10 AM. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Duane at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) FRIDAY 2-4 & 5-8 PM.

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  1. Tim and Terri Berman

    Carol, We’d like to send you and your family our love and prayers. We will all miss Duane so much. We were honored to call him friend and we will carry many wonderful memories of him in our hearts. All our love, Tim and Terri

  2. How can mere words express my profound sense of both condolences for you his most beloved and cherished , and my deep seeded sense of gratitude and true blessing for the time you allowed him to be shared with we, the rats of inumerable rivers , denizens of the reeds, and shore. Saw dust covered shops from across this great land are stained with tears…. A wish of peace, and condolence to to you all.

  3. Nick & Joan DiCillo

    Please accept our deepest sympathy, so shocked. I fondly remember meeting two little boys from North Dakota that became cousins that I grew up with. We shared a lifetime that I will never forget, so many wonderful memories.I know he will be missed by all those who shared in his love. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.God bless you. Love Joan & Nick.

  4. So sorry to hear about Duane. He was my oldest and dearest childhood friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. GOD has another perfect angel. Hugs and prayers to all his family.

  5. Devastating news for all who knew him. Our thoughts, prayers, and love go out to everyone dealing with this tragic loss.

  6. Carol and family I am so sorry for your loss will keep Duane and your family in our prayers .

  7. Carol, I am so sorry to hear about you losing your cherished husband Duane. You and TJ are in my prayers. I wish for you peace now and during the days ahead.

    Cindy Cook

  8. I was crushed when I heard the news about Duane. I first met Duane several years ago when we played softball together. We became good friends immediately. Several months after we had become friends Duane would ask me if I would be interested in doing the photography work for the annual ODCCA Convention. As quickly as I could get the words out my mouth, I said YES! He gave me a great break to get involved not only with him but the rest of this wonderful organization. I will always be forever grateful to him allowing me to be a part of this group. I was lucky enough to attend this past years meeting at the renowned Winous Point Hunt Club. After the meeting was over he gave several of us a private tour of the hunting grounds. This was the last time I saw him. I got to thank him personally for everything before I left. He was such a wonderful human being. I will miss my friend. God Bless Duane and his family.

  9. Carol and family: Sorry for your loss of Duane. May he rest in eternal peace.

    Craig Stenger

  10. Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. R.I P. God Speed Duane.
    Condolences to the entire Ganser family on your loss.

  11. He was my twin’s best friend and I’ve heard many wonderful stories about Duane. I know his son is a priest, and I can only hope that your faith will help Carol, and his entire family through this difficult loss

  12. Fred & Marcia Floyd

    We were so sad to hear about Duane’s passing. He was the nicest guy I have ever met. I will miss his smile and friendship. Our thoughts and prayers for his family.

  13. Curt and Kris White

    Carol, So sad to hear about Duane. He was a friend to all who new and love him. He will be missed.
    Our Thoughts, Prayers,go out to you and his entire family.

  14. Don and Pam Spaner

    Such a great friend. Such a nice man. A great husband and father. Nearly everyone thought he was their best friend because that’s the way he made you feel. As my wife heard Terri say, “I’m not worried about Duane he’s in a better place”. I agree but we sure going to miss him. Carol thanks for sharing him with us. Our love to all. Don and Pam Spaner.

  15. My baby Sister Carol, Father Anthony “TJ”, Jarod, Jason & Dawn – Duane will be deeply missed by all that have ever been in contact with him. Like us, they will all have fond memories, feel blessed by his association and grateful for all that he has done for each of us. We will be missing his smile, slap on the back, and for some a kiss on the cheek, along with a firm and manly handshake. We all wish we could have had more time with him but know that he is clearly in the presence of God and in the best place possible.

    With love and respect, Leonard & Rosanne.

  16. Karen and Mark Segaard

    I enjoyed Duanes smile and easy way when he came into the kitchen at Winous Point. He would eat with us when he stayed over for the next days shoot. He is missed already.

  17. Carol and family, please accept our sincerest condolences with Duane’s passing. We are so grateful we got to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Jan and Tom Cobett

  18. Rino & Rita (Ruscitto) Boreave

    Carol and family,
    We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Our sincere sympathy to you. May God bless you and give you strength.
    Rino and Rita (Ruscitto) Boreave

  19. Tim and Karen Bombardier

    Carol and Family, so sorry to hear about Duane’s passing. He was truly one of the great ones and a kind soul. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have meet and befriend him.

    Tim and Karen Bombardier

  20. Our paths never had a chance to cross, but I know if you picked him he had to be special, as all the comments prior attest. I hope that all the love you share, the warm memories you made bring you comfort and peace. Sending love….

  21. I am deeply distressed to hear of Duane’s passing. I thought he looked as happy and healthy this fall as I have ever seen him and I was counting on many years of hunts with his smiling face and joyous spirit. He is already terribly missed. WPSC will not be the same without him.

  22. To Carol and Family,
    I’m deeply saddened by your loss. My thoughts and good wishes are with you in this very painful time.

  23. Dear Carol and Fr. Anthony,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss and will pray for your healing of grief. We keep you and your family in our prayers as you are experiencing this painful loss. God is with you in your sadness and will help you through this sorrow. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    With our deepest sympathy,

    Werner and Michele Klingbeil

  24. Carol – Very sorry to hear that Duanne passed away. You and your family are in my prayers. I had all good intentions on paying my respects in person on Friday, but on Thursday morning I ended up at UH Geauga ER, courtesy of Concord Twp’s Rescue Squad after almost passing out here at home. I was released yesterday about 3, but we all came straight home.

  25. Carol and family,

    I had the pleasure of meeting Duane thru my job with ODNR-Wildlife and events at Winous Point and Pheasants Forever. Outstanding man and a great sportsman. I always enjoyed talking to him and sharing hunting stories. I will miss him.

    So sorry for your loss.

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