May 21, 1931 • March 6, 2016
Duane Banister, 84, of Benson, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at home. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson. Visitation was held two hours prior to the service. Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.
Duane Banister was born May 21, 1931 on the family farm in Stevens County, Minnesota, the son of Harry Herlas and Julia F. (Gunderson) Banister. Later, they moved to a farm in Hoff Township, Pope County. He was confirmed at West Zion Lutheran Church. He attended grade school at District #57 in Hoff Township and graduated from Hancock High School in Hancock, Minnesota with the Class of 1949.
From 1951 to 1954, Duane spent his time in the U.S. Army where he was admitted into the Army Security Agency. He spent 18 months on the island of Oahu, Hawaii repairing Army teletype machines.