F. Duane Herrala, 81, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Rolla, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Hospice of the Valley, Mesa, Ariz.
He was born on his grandparents' farm near Hansboro on April 27, 1930. He was raised on the family farm and attended Rolla High School, graduating in 1947. After high school, he attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks for one year and graduated from Minot State Teacher's College.
He served two years in the Air Force as an educational specialist and was discharged honorably as second lieutenant in 1953. He was united in marriage to Aileen Fagerlund in 1953 while he was superintendent of Hansboro Public School.
In 1955, Duane, Aileen and their newborn son, Brett, moved to Marysville, Calif., where Duane continued his teaching career in both the Marysville and Grimes schools. Upon his father's death in 1958, the family returned to the farm in North Dakota, farming until 1963, when Duane accepted the position of elementary principal with Rolla Public Schools. In 1968, he moved to Grand Forks and began working for Kem Temple of the Shrine as executive secretary, retiring in 1980. Duane and Aileen moved to Apache Junction, Ariz., after retirement and enjoyed 31 years together in the desert.
Duane especially loved hiking and the Superstition Mountains, as well as landscaping and desert gardening. They returned to Lake Upsilon in North Dakota every summer.
Duane is survived by his wife of 58 years, Aileen, of Apache Junction; son, Brett and companion, Loree Lovdahl, of Phoenix, and daughter, Kathleen Herrala, of Edina, Minn. Also surviving are his loving grandchildren, Lyndsay Trader, Cara (Eric) Mehr, Ricky Fields and Tommy Fields.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m., in the Rolla Presbyterian Church, Rolla, with Pastor Trudy Dumont officiating.
Burial will follow at the Rolla City Cemetery.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Memorials can be directed to Shrine Hospitals for Children, c/o Kem Shriners, P.O. Box 5268, Grand Forks, ND 58206 or to the Presbyterian Church of Rolla, 101 NE 1st Street, Rolla, ND 58367.