November 14, 1931 - February 1, 2017
Born in Livermore, IA
Resided in Albany, OR
He was born November 14, 1931 to P. W. Drushella and Florence Minor Drushella on their farm near Livermore Iowa. Duane was the third of five children; Marcine (Carter Gilliam), Harmon, Richard, and Lyle.
Duane graduated from Albany High School in 1949 and married Avis Arnold on November 19, 1950. He served as FFA National Vice President in 1952, and always valued the leadership experience he gained through the organization. Duane spent many years in Scio where they raised their four children. Duane and Avis purchased timber land in 1955 of which his stewardship continued until his death. He dairy farmed full time until 1960 when he became a realtor and joined his father and uncle at Strout Realty in Albany. Later he was a partner in ABC Realty, and continued to sell real estate until 1995. Farming continued to be his passion throughout his life.
Duane was actively involved in the community serving on the Scio School Board, President of the Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair and a member of the Albany Elks. He was also a life member of the Scio Masonic Lodge #39 and Al Kader Shriners.
In 1959 Duane was elected as Albany Jaycees President and he was very involved in the
Timber Carnival for many years. In the early 1970's he managed the USA All American Logging Team that traveled to Australia to compete.
In addition to brokering real estate he was involved in several land developments in the Willamette Valley including Spring Hill Estates and Cascade Heights. He served as President of the Albany Association of Realtors Board, and the Farm & Land Brokers for Oregon and the Western Region. He was named Oregon and Linn County Tree Farmer of the Year.
Family was very important to Duane. He enjoyed family time at the Oregon coast fishing, crabbing, and gatherings at the beach house. He always looked forward to seeing the family at the annual Family Reunion chicken barbecue. He also enjoyed traveling and sharing life experiences with family and friends. He was an avid poker player winning many tournaments over his lifetime and was well known throughout the Oregon poker community.
Duane is survived by his children Nancy Iannarone, Leslie Whitson (Mark), Michael Drushella (Sheryl), Eric Drushella (Sheryl); 14 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and former wife Kathie Bowlin.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Shrinners Hospitals for children or The Future Farmers of America.
Services will be held on February 10, 2017 at Fisher Funeral Home, Albany, Oregon. The celebration of Duane's life will begin at 11:00 am followed by a reception. At 2:00 pm there will be a gravesite service at Franklin Butte Masonic Cemetery near Scio, Oregon.
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