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Celebration of Life Service

Monday August 31st, 2020

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Duane LaClair

Duane LaClair, 57, passed away on August 20, 2020. He was born November 18, 1962 in California.  He had 34 years in combined public service for the Akron Water Department/ARAQMD and had over 35 years of military service with the Air Force, Army Reserves. Duane enjoyed grilling on the BBQ, staying physically fit and studying history. He loved God, his country, his family and is a member of Community Church of Portage Lakes. 

Duane was dearly loved by his family and will be missed by his wife, Colleen; and son, Jack Loren Newman.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Community Church of Portage Lakes, 3260 Cormany Rd., Akron, OH 44319 on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Safe social distancing practices should be followed and masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greater Cleveland Fisher House, 21886 Seabury Ave., Cleveland, OH 44126, in memory of Duane (helping military families during medical crisis). 

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I had just a few encounters with Duane while I worked at the City of Akron. He would come to get a travel advance for city business travel. As expected of him, he always had the correct documentation, before and after his travels. He was so polite to me, yet very friendly. He was soft spoken, and always had a few minutes to chat. I told him once if there was ever an emergency in the City offices, I'd go looking for him! He had that " I know what I'm doing" vibe about him. I am so sorry the family has to suffer his loss. He will be remembered..

Loretta Lehman Tomei Sep 5 2020 12:00 AM

My husband Brian and I have been very good friends with Duane and Colleen for over 20 years. Such dear friends. Brian and Duane go back around 50 yrs of friend ship. Buddies from early childhood . We'll miss him. Sending Many prayers for his dear wife and all his family.

Becky Thomas Aug 31 2020 12:00 AM

I was thinking about Duane early today. I was remembering discussions about his experiences serving our Country. I am confident that I will get to talk with him again soon. May the God of all peace surround you with His Mercy and Grace.

Daniel Yoho Aug 28 2020 12:00 AM

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Duane LaClair, give you peace, comfort and strength

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of .

US Air Force/Army Reserve Veteran, Duane LaClair, is A True American Hero God Bless

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Cheryl J Skinner, Tri-State Military Museum Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

I have been working with Duane at Summit County Public Health for the last 9 years and although we didn't cross paths often, when we did we always said "Hello, how are you?" He was always cheerful and friendly, and had the sweetest smile. I did have the opportunity to work with him on a couple of small projects years ago, and he was very easy to work with and knowledgeable in his department. He was very patient, understanding, and very helpful throughout the process, and I appreciated that so much. I am so very sad and sorry. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his friends. I pray that you are surrounded by the love and support of others to help ease you during this time of sorrow. ~Cyndi T

Cynthia Torres Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

God Bless your family! It was an honor and privilege to serve with you at the 326th Qm Det.

Alan Benson Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Duane will be greatly missed by our family... Love you all

Rachelle Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed working with Duane. He was a very soft-spoken and kind man. My sympathies to his family.

Debbie Wallen Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for quietly and humbly serving our country. God Bless your family

COL Bev Ertman Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

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