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June 29, 1930 – Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Service Information
The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael, MN
Saturday, October 15, 2011
2:00 PM

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael, MN
Saturday, October 15, 2011
12:00 Noon

Duane Merton Auger, age 81, of Albertville and Tower, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday at The Maple Grove Hospital.

He was born on June 29, 1930 in Buffalo the son of Mr. & Mrs. Merton Auger.

Duane graduated from the Buffalo High School in 1948.

He honorably served his Country in The United States Navy.

He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Education and went on to Mankato State where he earned an advanced degree in Education to become Elementary Principal.

On January 24, 1952 Duane Auger and Mary Welch were joined in holy marriage at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Duane became the very first Principal at St. Michael-Albertville Elementary Public School in 1967. After several years, he moved to the Maple Lake School District as Elementary Principal where he eventually retired.

He was a member of The Monticello American Legion Post #260.

Survived by loving children: Merton (Barbara) Auger of Buffalo, Murray Auger of Atlanta, Marcia Ann (Mark) Harff of Champlin and Deb (J.P.) Gillach of Albertville; grandchildren: Michael (Carrie) Auger, Kristy (Derek) Weiland, Laurie (David) Kelley, Stephanie (Dave) Makie, Jamie Harff, Ryan Auger, Alex Gillach, Tanner Gillach, Mary Gillach, and Josephine Gillach; two great-grandchildren: Zachary Auger and Grace Weiland; a sister-in-law: Suzanne (Rod) Dachel of Golden Valley; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by wife: Mary (nee Welch); a son: Michael D. Auger; his parents: Mr. & Mrs. Merton Auger and by Gen & Eldred Munsterteiger (who raised Duane).

A visitation will be held on Saturday at the funeral home beginning at 12 Noon.

Funeral services for Duane Auger will be held at 2:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.

Interment will be held on Tuesday, October 18th at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family.

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Paula Flowers

    Deb, you are on my heart and in my prayers during this time of grief and sorrow. Hugs to you and your family.

  2. Teri Lachermeier

    My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. God Bless.

  3. Carla McGrath

    Murray, So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts are with you. Carla & Rick McGrath

  4. Rita Marschel

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God comfort you in your time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Rita Marschel

  5. Joe & Denise Kuhlman

    We are so sorry to hear the passing of Duane. We remember him dearly (Joe remembers him very well 🙂 as he was our principal in Maple Lake years ago in elementary. Our sympathies go out to you all as you grieve at this time. He was a good man.

  6. Julie Thomsen Gunnarson

    So very sorry to hear of Mr. Auger’s passing. He was my principal while I attended elementary school in Maple Lake. Very fond memories of him.

  7. Suzanne Kolbinger

    Merton and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Take care.


  8. Kelly (Ertel) Wurm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time. Mr. Auger was my principal in Maple Lake and the best one there ever will be!

  9. joan hofmann vermillion

    I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I have so many fond memories of times we spent together. He was very special. God bless you all.

  10. Chris Shinnick

    Merton and family,
    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. May you find comfort in the memories you have.

  11. Connie Kietzman Nesbitt

    Dear Family of Mr. Auger- Your Dad was my 6th grade teacher at Helen Baker school in Glencoe, MN – 1959-1960. He was a great teacher and very patient. I always enjoyed his “dry” humor.

  12. Liz Draper

    To the children of Duane Auger,
    I recently subscribed to and I searched your dad’s name as he is my half brother. We lost contact a long time ago (I was just a child) and now I am so sorry that I did not search for him so many years ago. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. If you have people in your life, be it family or friends, please stop and take the time to find them and reconnect. Liz Petersen Draper, Wellington, UT


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