Duane Otis Briggs

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Duane Otis Briggs 87, of Independence Missouri passed away peacefully March 26 at home. Duane was born May 15, 1931 in New Sharon Iowa, the son of Robert and Ethel ( Whetsteine) Briggs. He graduated from New Sharon High School and joined the Air Force in 1952 and served until 1956 and soon after went to work for AT&T until he retired in 1989.
Duane married Ruth Hankins in June 1961 and later resided in San Jose California until moving to Independence Missouri.
Duane is survived by his children, Julie & Mike Westhefer of Independence Missouri, John & Cynde Briggs of Oskaloosa Iowa and Janet Andruss of Des Moines Iowa. Twelve Grandchildren , Tenaj & Bryan Fischer, San Jose Calfornia, Brandi & Matt Lancaster, Buzz Bickham Jr. and Samy of Independence Missouri, Stephanie & Gary Gordon, Shelly & Tony Smith, Sara & David Stropes ,of Oskaloosa Iowa, Jeremy Briggs, What Cheer Iowa, Jason & Erin Briggs, Petaluma California, Mathew and Karen Briggs, Eric & Christine Andruss, San Francisco California and 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his wife Ruth, his parents, two brothers, Clifford and Donald and a sister Arlene. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Published on April 8, 2019
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