Duerre, Dick was born in Rochester MN October 5, 1928, and died of natural causes on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife Harriet Duerre, and three children Jane Hall (Ron), Paul (Micki), and David. He also has two grandchildren Josie and Katie Duerre. When he was young, his family moved to Wabasha, MN. After graduation from Wabasha High School, he served in the US Army at the time of the Korean conflict. After discharge, he attended and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul. Dick worked as a Manufacturer's Representative in the industrial supply industry for most of his career. Dick was also active in the community, serving as President of the Minnesota Brain Injury Association and working and supporting Habitat for Humanity. One of his biggest passions in life was working on environmental issues; he wanted the world to be a better place. Dick was one of the founders of the Burnsville Environmental Council, was instrumental in helping establish the Burnsville Park System and was Co-founder of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (and was the first to propose it to the Minnesota Congressional Delegation). He spent time improving facilities at the Bush Lake Izaak Walton League property in Bloomington and was active in monitoring water quality at Burnsville's Crystal Lake, Black Dog Lake, and the Minnesota River. It was almost 40 years later when he was recognized for his dedication to these projects. Dick and Harriet were residing at Friendship Village at the time of Dick's passing. He is missed by so many and left an indelible mark on us all. Memorial service to be held at a future date. Memorials can be sent to: Friends of the Minnesota Valley PO Box 20697 Bloomington, MN 55420

Published on August 2, 2020