FAIRMONT — Duane C. Belseth passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. A celebration of Duane’s life will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at the Fairmont Trap Club, 913 280th Ave., Fairmont, with select members of the trap club drawing on its ashes. Interment will be on Tuesday, July 19 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa.
Duane Carl Belseth was born on January 25, 1936 in Mason City, Iowa to Kenneth and Susie (Beisel) Belseth. After graduating from Mason City High School in 1954, Duane then attended Mason City Junior College for two years, earning a teaching degree. Duane received his bachelor’s degree in 1958 from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and an MFA in Greeley, Colorado. Duane moved to Fairmont where he taught elementary art for 30 years. It was well known for its annual art exhibitions. And many of his students have participated in the Northwestern Life Insurance Calendar Contest. He always encouraged his students to “Think big.” Duane went to college with his future wife, but they didn’t start dating until high school. They married on August 12, 1956 and had three children: Terry, Lynn and Lori. In the early ’70s, Duane packed up his family and spent summers working as a program director for Boy Scout camps in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Michigan. While in one of the camps, he was accepted into the Order of the Arrow. After Boy Scout’s summer job was done, Duane began painting houses over the summer and then added wallpaper and paint indoors. Besides teaching, Duane had many interests; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and trapping. If you had a few hours to spare, he would be more than happy to tell you about his adventures. Duane was a life member of the Conservation Club, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. He served on the church board and was an elder for UCC St. John’s in Fairmont. He was a board member of the Martin County Humane Society, and only retired last year. In his later years, Duane was instrumental in starting the Fairmont Trap Club. He was often there mowing, trimming and painting, in addition to planting trees and bushes. When Duane retired they traveled to settle in Punta Gordo, Florida where they were snowbirds for many years. Due to Duane’s illness, they were selling out. He is remembered by his wife of 66 years, Marilyn; daughters, Lynn (Harold) Boeset and Lori Belseth; extended family and friends. His parents predeceased him; son, Terry; and his brother, Eugene.