Duane N. Lieser


Duane N. Lieser, age 79, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family May 6, 2024 at his home in Sauk Centre. 

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Vince Lieser officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Duane Nicholas Lieser was born March 28, 1945, in Paynesville, to Andrew and Bergetta (Gruber) Lieser. He grew up on the farm and attended country school through the eighth grade. Duane completed his high school education and one year of college at the Crosier Seminary and finished his education at Willmar Technical College.  He was united in marriage to Janice “Jan” Kleinschmidt May 10, 1969, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple lived in the Twin Cities metro area for 40 years and during that time, Duane worked at Honeywell for 25 years.

He was a former member of St. Helena Catholic Church in south Minneapolis until becoming a member at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre where he served as Eucharistic minister and helped run festivals. Duane also worked with the Deanery and the Archdiocese. Duane enjoyed genealogy, camping, reading, classical music and poetry. He was very creative when it came to cooking. Duane was a problem solver and had the mind of a mechanical engineer, especially when it came to computers and was quite the Mr. Fix It.

Survivors include his loving wife of almost 55 years, Jan Lieser of Sauk Centre; son Brian (Bethany) Lieser of Big Lake; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers and sisters Dianne (Ed) Budde, Gene (Sue) Lieser, Dan (Karen) Lieser, Harvey (Marilyn) Lieser, Mary Lee (Jarett) Hemmesch, Linda (Steve) Hittle and Brenda (Dana) Timm; and many loving relatives and friends. 

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Lieser.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.