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Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:57 am

Mass of Christian Burial for Harold Sylvester Duenke, Jr., 82, of Laddonia, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Martinsburg with Father Greg Oligschlaeger officiating. Burial will be in Laddonia Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Thursday evening April 30, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home, Laddonia.
Mr. Duenke passed away at 9 p.m., April 27, 2015 at Pin Oaks Nursing Home in Mexico.
He was born November 15, 1932 in St. Louis, the son of Harold Sylvester and Zeta Walterman Duenke. Sr.
He was married to Eleanor Eileen Ohmes on June 12, 1954 in Josephville and she preceded him in death July 14, 2001. He then married Mary Ann Brassel Mueller on August 24, 2002 in Vandalia and she survives.
Other survivors include three sons and their spouses, Brian Keith (Kelly) Duenke, of Foristell; Roy Alan (Vicki) Duenke, of Jonesburg;, and Michael Kenneth (Vicki) Duenke, of Laddonia; three daughters and their spouses, Elizabeth Ann-Betty (Rick) Hakenewerth, of Wentzville; Janet Faye (Steve) Poindexter, of Wellsville; and Dawn Marie (Burt) Miller, of Montgomery City; six step-sons, Will Mueller, of Warrenton; Al Mueller, of St. Paul; David and Lee Mueller, of Key West, Florida; Darryl Mueller and Bryan Brilee ,of Hawk Point; 14 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by one son, Harold William (Bill) Duenke.
Mr. Duenke moved to the Laddonia area in 1973 from Foristell. He was a farmer and member of St. John’s Catholic Church. He was a member of the Missouri Haflinger Association and the American Haflinger Registry.
He loved animals, swap meets, eating out and spending time with his family.
Pallbearers were Travis Duenke, Justin Duenke, Jesse Hakenewerth, Eric Hakenewerth, Jeffrey Poindexter, Chris Poindexter, and Shaun Marshall. Honorary pallbearers were Nick Allen, Carl Bell, Kenny Robnett, Kenny Schafer, David Thompson, and Pete Luetkenhaus.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church, Laddonia, the Laddonia Cemetery, or St. Joseph Catholic School, Martinsburg. Online condolences may be made at