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Rural Perham murder: Pipe wrench reportedly used in brutal killing of mother, son




Duane Arnold Zick was born on April 23, 1936 in Becker County, Minn., to Arnold and Mabel (Nelson) Zick. Duane passed away on July 5, 2014 after a battle with cancer. He was 78 years old. Duane grew up on the farm near rural Toad Lake, the oldest of seven children. He served as a Staff Sargent for five years in the Army Reserve Infantry. Duane was united in marriage to Dorothy Sperling on November 24, 1957. They enjoyed a long and happy marriage for 51 years, until Dorothy's passing on April 23, 2009. A loving family, they were blessed with six children.

Duane worked at the Frazee Creamery until it closed and then worked at the Perham Co-op Creamery until his retirement. Known as the "Milkman," he would always find time to have coffee and treats with all his friends and neighbors. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus and visiting over the years. Duane also enjoyed his grandchildren, casino trips and traveling.

Surviving Duane are his children, Christine (Tony) Ally, Larry (Bernadette) Zick, Scott (Janet) Zick, June (John) Sward, Robert Zick and LouAnn Rust; twenty grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his three brothers, George (Annette) Zick, David (Ann) Zick and Jim (Clair) Zick; and his sister, Darlene (Ced) Steinkraus.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Schoeneberger Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham at 11 a.m. with Pastor Carl Noble officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home - Perham is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, visit