Duane Allan Wesel, beloved husband, father, and bumpy, passed away September 22, 2021.
Duane was born in Myrtle Point, Oregon, on April 27th, 1965, to Bill & Joanne Wesel. The family moved to Brookings in 1967. Duane attended Brookings Harbor School District from 1st Grade through his senior year. He loved playing sports; he played football, basketball and baseball.
Duane met Debbie through her brothers, as they were friends. Duane said, "that is who I am going to marry!" They were married September 10th, 1983. Duane went to work for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company for 7 years and in that time, they had their first son Dustin, who was born in June 1985. In May 1990, their daughter Destiny was born, and in June of 1990, Duane left Pepsi and went to work for Thomas & Son Distributing (aka Miller brewing company). He worked there for 20 years and then decided it was time for something else. He started working for Western Pacific Tree Service driving truck. He then purchased his own log truck and after a few years, sold it, and started driving log truck for Richard Sanders, until his passing.
During the years of his kids growing up, Duane was very involved in sports and activities with his children. He started out with coaching Dustin in T-Ball and continued to coach him until he went to high school. He also coached Azalea football and was President for the little league board. Duane & Debbie along with their friends were very involved with youth soccer. Duane was very devoted to his kids and never missed their sporting events. He even got involved helping his grandsons little league team. This past year, he got the nickname of "bat whisperer" - every time he went to the plate with a player, bent down to them, gave them words of encouragement, and lined them up, they would hit the ball. The parents loved watching him.
Duane loved being with his family, camping, hunting, and fishing. He did have another love for playing pool. His friends meant the absolute world to him, and he was always willing to help anyone, anyway he could. Duane was well known in this community by so many. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
He was proceeded in death by his parents Bill and JoAnne Wesel; and sister Tracy K. Caudle. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Wesel; son, Dustin Wesel; daughter, Destiny Wesel; grandson, Braysen Wesel; sister, Nita Benson; loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and an endless amount of long-time friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 pm on October 30th at the Brookings Elks Lodge.