Duane Schwab

June 23, 1947-Feb. 11, 2020

Duane Schwab, 72, of

Woodlake ND, passed

away unexpectedly on

February 11, 2020.

He was born in Em-

mons County, ND, on

June 23, 1947 to Dennis

and Marie (Keller)

Schwab. He was a 1966

graduate of St. Mary’s

High School in Devils

Lake before graduating

from Lake Region Junior

College in 1968 and Minot

State College in 1970.

Duane was united in mar-

riage at St. Joseph Cathol-

ic Church to Linda Zarr

on August 22, 1969. He

was a member of St.

Joseph Catholic Church,

the Elks Club, and the

Knights of Columbus in

Devils Lake.

Duane’s passion was

people. ‘Schwaby,’ as he

was known, enjoyed

sports, the lake, his coffee

groups, winters in Arizo-

na, telling stories and

jokes, but his biggest

sources of pride were his

student-athletes, family,

and faith. He especially

enjoyed following his

granddaughters in their

academics and activities.

Duane’s career was one

of servitude and leader-

ship. He began his

teaching and coaching

career at Lake Region

Junior College before

making stops at Lakota

and Crary High Schools.

He returned to Lake Re-

gion, where he spent the

next 25 years capturing

572 wins, 14 conference

championships, and nine

trips to the national tour-

nament. He enjoyed the

people he worked with

and the many players and

families he came to know

and love. He was a men-

tor and father figure to his

players and enjoyed

watching them succeed

long after they left Lake

Region. He was induct-

ed into the Lake Region

State College Athletic Hall

of Fame as well as the

NJCAA National Basket-

ball Hall of Fame.

Duane is survived by

his wife of 50 years Linda,

Woodlake; his children

Cory (Katie), Las Vegas,

NV, Brady (Lyndsey),

Thompson, ND; grand-

daughters Dru, Andie, and

Quin; siblings: Adrian,

Fargo, ND; Jerry (Ann),

Bismarck, ND; Rich

(Fran), Devils Lake, ND;

Randy, Bismarck, ND;

mother-in-law Helen Zarr,

Devils Lake; sisters-in-law

Sharon Dosch, Lincoln,

NE; Jackie (Richard) John-

son, Devils Lake; num-

erous aunts, uncles,

nieces, nephews, and

cousins. He was preced-

ed in death by his

parents, father-in-law

John Zarr, and brother-

in-law Ron Dosch.

A Phoenix, Arizona,

celebration of life was

held on Saturday, Febru-

ary 15, at the Club House

in Arcadia Grove. Mass of

a Christian Burial will be

held on Saturday, Febru-

ary 22, 2020, at 10:00 AM

at St. Joseph’s Catholic

Church, Devils Lake, ND,

with a lunch to follow at

the Parish Center. A

celebration of life will be

held at the Robert Fawcett

Auditorium at Lake Re-

gion State College, Devils

Lake, ND, at 5:30 pm on

Friday, February 21, 2020.

In lieu of flowers and

gifts, any donations can

be sent to LRSC Commun-ity College Foundation in

honor of Duane Schwab,

1598 United States, 1801

College Dr N, Devils Lake,

ND 58301.