Longtime Rochester resident Duane Arthur Riess, 78, passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2018, in Rosemount, surrounded by his children.
Duane is survived by his three children, Christopher (Anne) Riess and Jason Riess of Inver Grove Heights, and daughter, Michele (Ken) Alwin of Apple Valley; beloved grandchildren, Samantha Riess, Taylor Riess, Abigail Alwin, and Claire Alwin; friend and former spouse, Patricia Riess; siblings, Janice (Chuck) Rouillard, Larry (Char) Riess, Julie Irish, and Jim Riess; sisters-in-law, Donna Riess, Darlene Riess, Sandy Riess and Karen Riess; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don, Jerry, Stan, Roger and Darrell Riess; sister-in-law, Barb Riess; and godson and nephew, David Riess.
Duane was born at home in Rochester on Aug. 22, 1940, to Mildred (Meyers) Riess and Julius Riess. He graduated from Pine Island High School in 1958, while residing with his aunt and uncle, Doris and Harold Meyers. He married Patricia Patton in 1962. Although divorced many years later, they shared a commitment to family and continued together as great parents and grandparents. In the fall of 2016, he moved from his Rochester home to Rosemount, near his children and grandchildren.
His career as a hairstylist and business owner spanned more than 50 years and included ownership of several Rochester hair salons (Mr. Duane’s, Duane’s Hair Bazaar I and II.) Over the years, Duane served as president of the Rochester Hairdressers Association and the Rochester Cosmetology Association. He also used his talents to give back, spending more than 10 years providing more than 2,000 free haircuts to those in need at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Rochester.
Passionate about music, Duane delighted in sharing that love with his grandchildren. He sang with the Rochester Male Chorus for more than 50 years, performing throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest. For many years, he also sang in the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church. In addition to singing, Duane was active in theatrical productions as both an actor and hair/makeup artist with the Rochester Civic Theatre Company and Chatfield summer theater productions. He took great joy in seeing his love of performance passed on to his grandchildren, enjoying their dance, music and stage productions.
Duane’s charm, wisdom and love will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family expresses sincere thanks to his care team from Grace Hospice, as well as the staff and neighbors at The Rosemount at Steeple Center for their support and friendship.
Following Duane’s wishes, the Mayo Clinic will use his earthly body for medical training. The family will hold a celebration of his life at a future date. Memorials are preferred to the Rochester Male Chorus, P.O. Box 6254, Rochester, MN 55903-6254.