PRINCETON — Duane F. Quiram, 76, of Princeton passed away at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at his home.
Duane was born on the family farm in Lacon on Sept. 27, 1936, to Duane A. and Lorene (Thierer) Quiram. He married Patricia Rohman May 10, 1958, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Metamora. Duane graduated from Lowpoint-Washburn High School in 1954 where he held the basketball scoring record until it was broken in 2011.
He graduated from Bradley University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He then worked for Spurgeon’s Mercantile Co. for 35 years. He and his family moved to Princeton in 1964. He was manger of the Spurgeon Store in Princeton until 1979 when he was promoted to superintendent of more than 30 stores. In 1993 Spurgeon’s closed. Duane then went to work as a real estate agent, working in that capacity until August 2013. He was currently working for Success Realty of Princeton since 1996.
Duane was a member of St Louis Catholic Church and the Elks Club of Princeton. He was also a member of the Princeton Fire Department from 1969 to 1979, five of those years were as assistant fire chief. He also served as commissioner of public health and safety for the city of Princeton from 1979 to 1995. Duane, along with other businessmen of Princeton, was instrumental in starting the Pork Days weekend which later became Homestead weekend. He was also very active in the Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia of Princeton; two sons, Joel (Susan) Quiram of Princeton and Quint (Tracy) Quiram of Princeton; two daughters, Molly (Christopher) Romagnoli of Princeton and Abby (Mark) Ptak of Peru; eight grandchildren, Blake Quiram, Jacob and Taylor Quiram, George (Jessica) Kosmach, Alex (special friend Brenda), Katie (Ryne) Birkey, Elizabeth Romagnoli and Kimberly Scott; two stepgrandchildren, Sara and Dylan Ptak; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Gloria (Melvin) Winkler of Washburn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital Peoria, St Louis Church, OSF Hospice or OSF In-home Care.
The Ptak Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences and remembrances can be shared at PtakFh.com.