Robert E. Duea

Robert “Bob” Duea, age 79, passed away with family by his side on June 27, 2019, at the Banner Dell E. Webb medical Center in Sun City West, Ariz.

Bob was raised in Albia by his parents, OJ and Lenore Duea, who proudly owned and operated Duea Chevrolet. Bob graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Olaf College and obtained his Masters in Divinity from Luther Seminary. St. Olaf if where he met Marilyn, the love of his life.

Bob was a man of spiritual strength and found his call to service through Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Bob served as Chief Executive Officer for LSS Wisconsin and Upper Michigan for 17 years and before that, of LSS of Oregon and Southwest Washington for nine years. Bob also served as Chair for the Lutheran Adoption Network and frequently traveled with Marilyn to far corners of the world to set up new adoption lines. Bob was a 1958 Albia High School graduate and was inducted into the Albia High School Wall of Fame.

Bob’s achievements came from his intense desire to help others, doing his part to improve our world. If you asked Bob about his greatest triumph, he would surely say it was convincing the prettiest and most talented musician at St. Olaf to marry him. Bob and Marilyn lived in coimplete love during their 57 years of marriage. He was an unsurpassed father and grandfather.

Bob is survived by his wife Marilyn; brother, Ed Duea; three sons, Steve (wife Maria), Dave (wife Jane) and Mark (wife Kim); and grandchildren Aubree, Elliott, Joy, Miranda, Elsa, Mitchell, Aidan, Leif and Maggie.

Family, friends and others whose lives Bob touched gathered at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Sun City West, Ariz., on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 11 a.m., to reminisce, grieve, support each other and, or course, celebrate a loving man.

Donations may be made to: Lutheran Community Services, NW (; Benevilla (; Lutheran Community SErvices SW (; or Spirit of the Desert (

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