In memory of

Duane Fort

July 18, 1929 - November 19, 2022
From: Sac City, IA
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Duane Fort

Born: July 18, 1929
Died: November 19, 2022
Age: 93
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  Duane Fort, age 93 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City. Duane Elwood Fort was born on July 18, 1929, to parents Clark and Gladys (Smeeton) Fort. The family lived on a farm north of Sac City. He attended country school and later Sac Community High School, graduating with the class of 1947. After high school Duane attended Iowa State University for two years where he was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

   On October 2, 1949, Duane married Wilma Ruth Herrold at the United Methodist Church in Sac City. This union was blessed with four children: Patrice, Clark, Greg, and Brian. Duane worked as an insurance agent at IDT before joining Colburn & Son Insurance Agency, which is where he worked until retiring in 1994 as a partner. Through the years, Duane also farmed and raised livestock. In fact, a monkey was once added to the family after Patrice talked Duane into it on a trip home from the orthodontist. That monkey enjoyed a whole day at the Fort home before Wilma said he’s got to go! All of the kids have so many great memories of growing up on the farm.

   Duane was a member of the First Christian Church growing up, which is where he was baptized and confirmed. Later as a member of the Methodist Church, he sang in the choir and held many offices. He and Wilma were active and devoted members. Duane was equally active in the community. He served on the school board, the Sac Country Club board, Sac Farmers Mutual Insurance board, volunteered at the museum, and headed up Sac City’s Community Chest for many years.

   In his free time, Duane enjoyed golf and won the club championship multiple times. He was also a mens and mixed league bowler for many years. He owned and operated Indian Lanes Bowling Alley back in the sixties for several years. He liked taking fishing trips to Canada and the kids got to take turns going along. He was a member of the Sac Gun Club and enjoyed hunting pheasant and quail. Duane often spoke about the fond memories he had of his trips to Florida as a child to visit his grandparents. He liked playing cards, especially poker. He and Wilma played cards with the Pitch Club. The couple loved to dance. They attended many dances over the years at places like Cobblestone and Lakewood Ballroom, dancing the swing step.

   In retirement, Duane went to morning coffee daily. Most recently, it was held at the Sac Community Rec Center. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting every morning with his friends and fellow community members to catch up on all that was happening. He adored Sac City and gave so much of his life to making it a great place to live and will never be forgotten for having done so.

   He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. May he rest in God’s beautiful paradise, free of pain, forever. Duane leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Patrice Gonzales of Las Vegas, NV, Clark (Svitlana) Fort of Storm Lake, IA, Greg Fort of Lexington, KY, and Brian (Sue) Fort of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren: Heather Drentlaw, Melissa Thomas, Sasha Stevenson, Isabella Fort, Tracy Ashley, David Henrich, Kirby Lewton, Hilary Johnson, and Garrett Fort; ten great-grandchildren; many extended family members and friends.

   Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Fort; parents Clark and Gladys Fort; sister Marcene (Richard) Amick; sisters-in-law Phyllis (Channing) Conger and Drucilla (Robert) Rix; nephews David, Dennis, and Mike Rix; and niece Cheryl Conger.

    Donations made in LIEU OF FLOWERS will be used to honor Duane’s memory by gifting to the Sac Community Rec Center as well as the Sac City Museum.

Tribute Video
11:00 a.m., Saturday
December 3, 2022
Unity Church South Campus
Sac City, Iowa

Reverend Missy Erickson
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Friday, December 2, 2022 at 1:48 PM
“May our Lord surround Duane and his family and friends with His beautiful angels of Grace, Mercy and Peace. May the loving memories you've all shared with Duane provide you with comfort and strength during this difficult time. In Christ Jesus's most precious name. Amen.”
- Martinez family
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 11:10 AM
“our sincere sympathy to the FORT FAMILY”
- margaret and gene schramm
Monday, November 28, 2022 at 10:15 AM
“Sorry to hear of Duane's passing. I have many fond memories of playing golf with him when I was a kid. He was a great golfer and an even better person. ”
- Brandon Nattress
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 3:28 PM
“Deepest condolences to the Fort Family, Duane was a pillar in the community and his presence will be missed.”
- Jean Rexroat
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 9:17 AM
“Sending thoughts and prayers your way during this sad time. May the memories of your parents along with the support of family and friends ease this journey. ”
- Dennis and Marie Svendsen
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 3:03 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers.”
- Melissa Langbein
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 2:49 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to all of Duane's family”
- Charlie & Donna Peyton
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 11:23 AM
“Deepest Sympathy in the loss of such an Amazing man . He IS greatly missed at morning coffee , Hugs Sharan and all his morning coffee buddies at Sac Community Center”
- sharan williams
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 10:03 AM
“I will always have fond memories of both Duane and Wilma. They played an important part in my growing up in Sac City. My sincere condolences to their family. ”
- Bill and Kim Smeeton
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 8:36 AM
“I'll be forever grateful to have paid Duane a visit this past Aug. when I was out to the Smeeton farm to spread his cousin's ashes in Sac City. He was so welcoming even though he had me write my name down so he could ask someone later who the heck I was. His spirits were good, and he spoke lovingly of Wilma as he missed her so. I remember the Forts as being kind and generous folks, my sincere condolences to their family and friends.”
- Cherie Butler
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 8:36 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Duane and Wilma's. Duane always had a calming presence and was a pleasure to talk with. We are sorry for your loss. ”
- James Smeeton and Paul Griego
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 9:26 PM
“Sac City we'll have a huge void with loosing Daune.He was always a cheerful man and enjoyed life.”
- Larrry Hasek
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 2:57 PM
“you al have our deepest sympathy, we can remember visiting with Duane and Wilma at the cattlemen's, he was always a positive thinker, a better man would be hard to find. May he rest in peace.”
- Nolan R & Mari A Kreft
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 2:14 PM
“Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember the happy memories through this difficult time. Glad I got to see him while I was in Sac during my class reunion in September. ”
- Kathy (Koster) Bill
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 10:20 AM
“We know how much your dad and grandpa will be missed. I'm sure he is beyond happy to be reunited with his beloved Wilma. May God grant him eternal rest. ”
- Scott & Stephanie Gunn
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 9:09 AM
- Karen Cerra
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 9:09 AM
“So sorry to hear of Duane's passing. I have many fond memories while working with Duane at Colburn & Son Insurance. Sympathies extended to the family.”
- Kathy Cady Gerdes
Monday, November 21, 2022 at 9:09 AM
“My deepest condolences for your loss. Duane was such a great person and so easy to talk to. Even though he didn't know me very well he always remembered me when I saw him. ”
- Todd Gerken
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:38 AM
“I send sympathy from the Bogue sisters (Phyllis, Betty and Marlene). Larry passed in '95 also Ben, our dad. The Fort Family was often mentioned in our home. Ben had worked for Clark. Phyllis can remember a few things about the family. So sorry for your loss.”
- Betty Watkins
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:38 AM
“I always enjoyed working with Duane on the Community Chest board. He was a good hearted man and will be missed.”
- Devi and Diamond McBride
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:38 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Duane was such a nice man. I always enjoyed my visits with him and Wilma. You have our sympathy.”
- Sandi & Roger Huster
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 3:32 PM
“Our sympathies to the families. ”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2:58 PM
“Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. Duane & Wilma were the nicest neighbors. Rest in Peace 🙏🙏🙏✝️✝️✝️”
- Margaret & Gordon Mooney
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