Duane V. Strand


May 10, 1931 - November 21, 2020


Duane V. Strand, 89, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, November 21, 2020, of natural causes at Avera Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 4, 2021 at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Lunch will be served at the church following the service. A graveside service with military honors will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Duane Velmer Strand was born May 10, 1931, at the family farm home of Carl and Sadie Strand (Heidner). He was baptized May 31, 1931, in First Lutheran Church by Pastor Alfred Storvick.

He attended Lisbon #8 rural school through 8th grade followed by one year at Wessington Springs Academy in 1945. While attending school there he tended the Shakespeare Garden. When his brother Julius completed 8th grade they both attended Mitchell Senior High School with Duane graduating in 1949. He attended one year at Marion College, Marion Indiana. While in high school he studied radio electronics which eventually led to a position of maintaining a fixed radio station in Berlin, Germany for the Armed Forces American Civilians and Military.

He was inducted into the Army, April 1953 with basic training at Camp Gordon, Augusta, Georgia, and Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1955, he returned to Mitchell to farm and married Janis Hildebrandt, November 25, 1955.

To this union, five children were born: Quentin, Mark, Susan, Jonathan, and Timothy. He was named Outstanding Young Farmer in 1966 raising corn, wheat, cattle, and sheep. He remained on the farm which his grandfather Knudt Strand had originated in 1905 until the time of his death.

He married Kandee Greenfield, May 24, 1979, at the Chapel of the Hills, Rapid City, SD.  A daughter Kari was born in 1981. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Mitchell, singing in the choir for many years. Music was a favorite interest whether listening in the tractor or attending the South Dakota Symphony. He was a member of the Mitchell Concert Series and served on its board of directors.

He is survived by his wife Kandee, his children Quentin (Sherrie) Gillette, Wyoming, Mark (Patricia) Alliance, Nebraska, Susan Walia (Shami Walia), Falls Church, Virginia, Jonathan (Jill) Minneapolis, Minnesota, Timothy (Sharee) Marion, Indiana and Kari Strand (Lyndon Bolt) Rapid City, SD. Grandchildren Evie Riedmann, Eric, Evan and Ethan Strand, Selah Strand, Kelsie George, Caleb, Jared and Seth Strand, Marissa, Tristan, and Briana Walia, Macallan and Stella Bolt, and great-grandchildren Hallie and Jude Strand. Brothers Edward (Lois) Strand, Mitchell SD, Pastor Julius K (Bobbie Jean) Strand, Plymouth, MN, sister Leona (Don) Stehly, Mitchell SD, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margaret Shonley, his brother-in-law Ivan Shonley, his in-laws Rosetta and LaVern Hildebrandt and Marion and Martha Greenfield.

Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church 411 S. Duff St, Mitchell SD 57301, Alzheimer Disease Research 22512 Gateway Center Drive, P.O. Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1950, or the organization of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to Kandee Strand at 40575 258th St., Mitchell SD 57301.



None Scheduled


Friday, June 4, 2021
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on May 27, 2021
So sorry to all of you for this sad loss ! I have a lot of great memories of growing up by all of you guys . Duane will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know him !!
Posted by Lisa & Ed Neugebauer & Family on December 29, 2020
So many fond memories as kids with Tim, Jon, Susan & Mark, Quentin growing up down the road from you on the farm. Holding you all close in thoughts and prayers during the holiday season. Love to Kandee, Kari, and all of you at this difficult time.
Posted by Ramona and Mark Hirsch on December 3, 2020
Great memories of Uncle Duane! So happy we were able to see him in August for Mom and Dad's 70th Anniversary outdoor COVID celebration. He will be missed! May our Lord and Savior grant you peace and comfort. Our love and prayers are with you all!
Posted by Chad Strand on December 1, 2020
Sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. I have such fond memories of working in the body shop with him and Mark.
Posted by John P. Courier on November 30, 2020
My Condolences Kandee.
Posted by Nila Martinek on November 29, 2020
so sorry to hear of Duane's passing, he was a one in a million guy, and will be missed by many people....
Posted by Nancy Rohrer Sanchez on November 28, 2020
Dearest Sue,
My condolences, love and hugs to you and your family. God bless you all.
Love you💞
Posted by Ray and Delores Olson on November 28, 2020
Sorry for your loss, Quentin and Sherry. Our Prayers are with you and others in the family.
Posted by Dolores Masker on November 26, 2020
So sorry to hear of Duanes passing. Hugs with love Kandee.
Posted by Lynn TerMeer on November 26, 2020
Sorry for the Loss of your Loved One 🙏 GOD comfort this Family with Love & Peace during this time,,,, Your in my Thoughts & Prayers 🙏
Posted by Mari and Derald Pahl on November 25, 2020
So sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. Prayers to you.
Posted by Dale and Pam Moke on November 24, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed singing together in choir. Duane will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you all.
Posted by Lee Tiede on November 24, 2020
So sad for your Last Duane was great friend of mine may God be with you Canys.
Posted by Dan & Jan Raml on November 24, 2020
So sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. May you find peace at this difficult time with your many great memories.
Posted by Sheila Letcher on November 24, 2020
Many fond memories of Duane ....he will be missed. God grant his family peace and courage now.
Love to Kandee in this difficult time.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on November 23, 2020
So sorry to all of you for this sad loss ! Duane will be missed by everyone that knew him . He always had that great smile !!!
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