Duane Lee Hook

July 19, 1927 - Jan. 11, 2008

Duane Lee Hook, 80, son of Clarence Lee and Olive (nee Clark) Hook, was born July 19, 1927, in Cresco, Iowa, and died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at his home in Corydon, Iowa.

Duane was raised in Seymour and Corydon in Wayne County. He moved to Milwaukee in 1942. There, he met and married Phyliss M. Meyer on Jan. 28, 1946, and together they had 13 children: Dennis (Dottie) Hook of Corydon, Deanna L. Luedtke of Muskego, Dea (Gene) Dent of Broken Arrow, Okla., Dixie (Steve) Benner of Osawatomie, Kan., David (Becky) Hook of Corydon, Donald (Regina) Hook of Centerville, Iowa, Darcy Johnston of Cleveland, Texas, Danette (Dan) West of Crawfordville, Fla., Donna Curtis of Centerville, DaNiel (Tom) Penfield of Villisca, Iowa, and Darrin (Jill) Hook of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Duane is also survived by 26 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Alfred) Roberts; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Olive; son, Daniel Clark Hook; daughter, Diedre Olivia Sotter; granddaughter, Duska Brooke Luedtke; brother, Donald Hook; and sisters, Dorothy Hook, Delores Leighton, Doris Leighton, Doreen Murphy and Dwyla Conn.

During his years in Wisconsin, Duane worked as a lumberjack, roofer, mechanic and semi driver. In September 1966, Duane brought his family back to Corydon where he obtained work with Machine Products. He became disabled in November 1968 and continued to work with metals and odd jobs. He thoroughly enjoyed working with scrap metals as a side job. Duane also enjoyed hunting and was proficient at roaming the woods and fields in search of mushrooms and other edibles. He especially enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin’s and Iowa’s many lakes. He also maintained a beautiful garden with some of the largest vegetables grown in Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, May 10, at Schmidt & Bartlet-Van Valin Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Mukwonago. A private internment will be held at a later date in Rural Home Cemetery in Big Bend.

In Duane’s memory, please take a walk in the woods, honor the flag, plant a flower or tree, or just watch an old Western.

Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at