Poehls, Duane 58, lately of Ham Lake, aviation enthusiast and private pilot, electrical contractor extraordinaire, racing devotee, master man-of-all-work, champion hobbyist and dapper dresser, made his final flight west August 26, 2018. In a leap of faith he went from his Carlton, MN, origins to Ham Lake big city enough enduring Twin Cities influences. To recharge, he often visited his beloved cabin on the Gunflint: Gordy's place. Duane's personal and Tall Tree Electric motto was "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Most days found him in his signature, blue Tshirt, Wranglers & steel-toes. He never backed off any electrical or construction challenge. The only thing he never figured out was putting the seat down. He built a stunning log home for wife Celia and two sons; Raynor carrying out his dream as a commercial pilot, and Jeran pursuing graduate studies in climate science in Germany. He took good care of his mom, Janet. He looked out for his little sister Cindy, her husband Drew and their children, all surviving him. Duane also looked after his dad who preceded him in death. In his casual style, his family will throw him a hangar party in the spring of 2019. Contact the family or watch NOTAM for details. In lieu of flowers, he'd ask you to make a donation or volunteer at any group that suits you. For local ideas, Duane volunteered at his boy's schools, the Minnesota Waldorf School and Great River School. The Minneapolis Memorial Blood bank also loved him as a donor and he was near his 19th gallon. Tree, you will be missed immensely by all who knew you and by many yet to know you. A green cremation was held Saturday, September 1, 2018. Blue skies and tailwinds Duane. Ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggy oi oi oi

Published on September 2, 2018