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Duane Blades

Duane Allen Blades, son of Harold Roger & Vera May (Jimmerson) Blades, was born March 30, 1956 in the Decatur County Hospital in Leon. The family soon moved to Mount Ayr where Duane would live his life.

Duane was always a winner, even at an early age, when he won photography contests. This set the stage for many accomplishments including sports in high school, with wrestling being his sport of choice. He graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1974.

Duane had a love for flowers and nature and enjoyed discovering antiques in the various towns his work took him to. Duane worked several years in the road construction business for TEK Builders in Mount Ayr. Duane had a love of hunting and fishing and enjoyed playing cards with his group of pitch players. He enjoyed good food and fellowship. One of his favorite activities was playing pool with his friends. It was a skill he had perfected. He will always be remembered to his closest friends as "Frog". As he aged and his hair and beard turned white, he attracted small children who totally believed that they had discovered Santa Claus. Duane was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

Duane departed this earth on August 31, 2015. He was 59 years old. Welcoming him in heaven is his mom and dad.

Leaving behind to mourn his passing include his two brothers David Eugene (Shirley) Blades of Leon, IA and Dean Roger (friend Addie Townsend) of Mount Ayr; sister Connie Sue (partner Kathryn Nelson) Blades of Eskridge, KS; nephews Joshua (Angie) and Justin Blades; four great nieces and three great nephews; and many, many devoted friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

  • Open Viewing

    September 04, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    September 04, 2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    September 05, 2015
    10:30 AM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday September 05 2015

    Grand River Cemetery

    Grand River, IA

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God Bless the memory of Duane.

Posted by Steve O''Grady - classmate   September 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I regret that my health willl not let me attend the services. Being in the nursing home is very limiting. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I feel we were fortunate to grow up in a loving family and know and love all our cousins.I hope you will think back to those good times. May God bless and keep you. Big hugs My email is virginiahilman@gmail.com

Posted by virginia luther hilman - clearfield, IA - cousin   September 04, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Oh Frog. Wishing I could tell you in person what you meant to me. We had some good times before I left good old Mt Ayr. Shooting pool, drinking, hanging out, going to Vegas just because we could!!

Posted by Doug rake - Grand Prairie, TX   September 03, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

You will be missed Duane.may you rest in peace.<3>

Posted by Adrianne Townsend - Mount Ayr, IA - A friend----schoolmate   September 03, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Duane was a good friend and pool playing buddy. He will be greatly missed by me and everyone that knew him . R.I.P. frog !

Posted by mike monaghan - des moines, IA - friend   September 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So many years so many memories. Bart and Frog working together and rooming together on the road. They were a pair.... Best friends. We will sure miss him. Our sympathy to his family and to his other caring friends. Gods Blessings to you Frog. Rest forever in peace.

Posted by Bart and Kathy Parker - creston, IA - friends   September 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thanks for being you frog

Posted by Bob rozenboom - Oskaloosa, IA - Friend   September 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Frog was such a joy to be around. He left us with such precious memories! His stories, big smile and laugh was so contagious. We will miss him deeply and our thoughts are with the family.... Go Froggy Go....

Posted by Diane and Bert Drake - Mount Ayr, IA - Friends   September 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Great man and mentor. I learned a lot about life from him while working on the road. You will truly be missed.

Posted by Josh swainston - Friend   September 01, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My condolences to his family

Posted by Cora Barber - Mt.Ayr, IA - Good friend   September 01, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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