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Sgt. First Class Duane C. McAllister, age 45, formerly of Lakeview area, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012 after a sudden illness while attending a school for R.O.T.C. instructors at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The son of Virginia Mae (Holmden) and Albert Duane McAllister, he was born on August 31, 1966 in David City, Nebraska. Following his graduation from Lakeview High School in 1986, Duane enlisted in the U.S. Army and retired from active duty in 2007. He then began a civilian career as a Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor and had taught at Grand Rapids Creston High School, as well as schools in Detroit and New Mexico. Duane was a member of the Aztec Masonic Lodge No. 3 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, O.B. Nichols in 1998; and by his father, Albert McAllister earlier this year.

Surviving are his son, Daniel McAllister; his mother, Virginia Nichols of Lakeview; three sisters, Patty & Dave Swarts of Lakeview, Lawella & Paul Szweda of O’Fallon, Illinois, and Laura & Dick Crawford of Stanton; a maternal aunt, Carolyn Wilson of Howard City; his nieces and nephews, Heather Ridgell, Jason Swarts, Paige Szweda, Brooke Szweda, Stephanie Edwards, Ryan Walker, Megan Crawford, and Sara Crawford; and many cousins and dear friends.

Visitation is Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Burial, with full military honors rendered by the U.S. Army Honor Guard, will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Langston. Instead of flowers, please consider contributions to a fund for his son, Daniel. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Duane’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on July 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norman Hessock

    Sorry brother it took me so long to get the news. Rip my Brother. Many good times.



    It’s been a year :(


    David Morrison

    Duane and I served together for many years. We first met at Ft Carson in 1992 and since our career paths have crossed many times. Duane was a genuine, good friend and I am truly sorry for his loss.


    Candy Blasingame

    My deepest condolences for your loss. I didn’t know Duane very long or very well, and only recently learned of his passing. His sense of humor was bright spot in the day and I can honestly say that he made me laugh every single time we talked. Once he told me that was his goal. To make someone laugh every day.
    My thoughts are with you all this holiday season, and again, my sincere condolences.


    Shundeen Smith

    Dear Sgt. Mac,
    Its been only a couple of months since your passing, yet for me and the JROTC cadets, it seems like years. We all truely and honestly miss you. You’ve stood by me when I was fragile in the new rank of class leader. You taught me and everyone making mistakes is okay, learn from it. I just wish you didn’t leave so suddenly. You were, are, an amazing father, instructor, and most importantly- a friend.
    A Friend,
    S. Smith (2012-2011 Alpha Company, Class leader)



    This candle is lit to commemorate Duane’s 46th birthday. Love always, never foget.


    Danny McAllister

    My dad was a grownup JROTC instructor, and that’s what i want to do.



    Dear Duane, We’re all stumbling throu but doing ok. Danny is adjusting at Laura’s, and getting ready to start 1st grade. Mom is scheduled for her surgery later this month. Her and Patty are trying to get things worked out with your house. I’m helping out however i can. We miss you, and love you.


    Evelyn Kilduff


    Greg Vera


    Fran (Behrenwald) Wood

    I regrat not posting earlyer but want to let the family know what a wonderful person Duane was. We went to school together along with rideing the bus together. Duane was always there for everybody he didn’t care what clothes you wore or where you came from. If you needed a friend he was the one to go to. Duane was a wonder person and a great asset to our country. May preyer go out to his family, what a great loss we have all lost.


    Paul Szweda

    Duane, you left us too soon. You had many great accomplishments and you were always so excited to share. Your family soldiers on though desperately working to take care of your greatest one, young Dan. So long my brother from another.
    The Good Left Undone


    De Derenski

    My heart is so sad. Dew and I were friends in school……all the way back to age 7…..that i can remember….we lost touch after graduation but met up again 4 years ago. I am so glad i got to be a part of his life…to see him with Danny…to call him my friend…My deepest sympathy to his family…May God ease your pain.


    Judith Harvey

    All my love to the family of Duane. He was a great person and will be missed by many. It is never easy to loose such a young life. He left a great impression on all that he came in to contact with. Prayers to all who knew and loved Duane.

    Judith “Judy” Harvey
    Ada, MI


    Jason Swarts

    It seemed like everytime we got to hang out, we were always fighting. This last time you came up was different. I had just graduated from college and you said you were proud of me. That was the first time I felt close to you. I just wish we could have had more time. I am so sorry for being such a pain and always know I loved. I am going to miss you so very much.


    Trudy Thompson

    I did not have the pleasure of knowing Duane. But I’m absolutely sure he was a wonderful man, knowing some of the members of his family. Our heart and prayers are with you all. Trudy & Dan


    Ramus Harrrison

    We(I) will sure miss your out look on life, sometimes crazy, but you remained a very postive person. Sgt Mac you were a great person and Instructor. I am glad my daughter was one student! KCHS has a great loss. “HOAH” *Danny, Your Dad was Great Man, Do well follow in his footsteps, God Bless.


    June Anderson

    Dear Family,
    It was a genuine pleasure to know and work with SGT Mac. He was a fine, loving, and caring person. I met him at NMMI years ago. He was a great mentor for so many young people who were aspiring to become professional military leaders like Mac. He was always upbeat and never failed to put a smile on my face. I considered him as a true friend and I miss him deeply. He was a wonderful father – I have no doubt that his son will be just like his father.

    RIP MacDaddy. You will always be in my heart.


    Zach Jessee

    Sgt. Mac! You will be greatly missed! You were and are the best JROTC instructor! I pray for your family to be strong threw your loss! Hooah!!!


    Shelley (Neitzel) Rood

    You will missed.


    Sheri (Thomas) Blake

    Patty, Lawella, and Laura, so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. I remember living at home and it seemed Duane was always there. He was so funny, always made me smile. Hugs and prayers for you all!!!
    Love, Sheri


    Heather Ridgell

    Even though we disagreed on a few things, I know Uncle Duane would do anything for me. He was always there when I needed him and always had my back. He was an amazing man and will ALWAYS be remembered! Thank you for everything you have always done for me and for your service! I love you!


    Aztec Lodge 03 AF&AM

    With Greatest Sympathy to the family of Brother Mcallister from Aztec Lodge 03 AF&AM, Las Cruces, NM.


    SFC (R) John Runyon

    I attended the training with SFC McAllister at Fort Knox earlier this month. I’m so sorry for your loss.


    Linda Boultinghouse

    Dear Virginia, So sorry to hear about the loss of your son Duane. I did not know Duane on a close personal basis, he was my client but I will never forget him. We shared stories and had alot laughs.He was a great Father to Danny.He also loved his country. Thinking of you,Take care Virginia
    Linda Boultinghouse


    David Naber


    I only knew you for a short time. I enjoyed your humor and flyfishing with you. You are a good man with wonderful integrity.



    Jeanne Medina

    Please know that Danny and Sgt Mac are in my prayers. I met Sgt Mac when he worked with the Bulldawg Battalion at Las Cruces High School in New Mexico and worked closely with him through the Booster Club. Sgt Mac could always be counted to go far above and beyond to help our cadets and the program to reach their fullest potential. Danny was present at nearly every event and was a very pleasant addtion to the Battalion. Please know the will both be fondly remembered.


    Tressa Sorsen

    Today, Patty and I were remembering the days when Duane would not take no for a answer. I never had a man try so hard. One day we will meet again and I know you will still try to get me to say “YES”. I may still say no but we will have many laughs to come. Rest in peace my friend…


    Cyndi Schaap-Hucklebury

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. His family should be very proud of him. I went to school with Duane and rode the same school bus. He was always happy and pulling pranks on most of us. I never saw him upset and he never picked on someone that couldn’t pick on him back…He was a great person to know in school and by the looks of it he was quite an honarable man and father. I haven’t seen him in a long time and I regret that very much. I also worked with Duane at the Ponderosa in Greenville while in highschool. He was always an upbeat happy person and even though I didn’t always appreciate his joking around and teasing he was a great friend to have. I will miss him and pray that his family will accept my apologies and condolences. I will keep his family and son in my prayers.


    Brendalyn Dugger

    I met Mac when he came to NMMI and Army ROTC. He loved ROTC and helping young men and women become Army Officers. He had found his niche in life. He was always smiling and telling jokes. He was more than willing to lend a helping hand. He stood strong by me when my daughter was killed. He was a good friend. His greatest accomplishment was being a dad. He truly loved his son and was the best dad a kid could ever want. I know that Danny has lots of memories of his dad to hold him through the years. Mac is the reason that I had a bagpiper play at my wedding two years ago. I wanted it to be him, but he was afraid he wouldn’t play well and didn’t want to mess up my wedding. I was heartbroken to hear the news of his passing. I pray every day for Danny, and for his entire family, sisters and mother. RIP MacDaddy. I will miss your bright smile. Love Ya! Brendalyn


    Jane Anderson Beach

    I was one of Duane’s elementary school teachers. He was a wonderful young man to have as a student. I have enjoyed being in contact with him as he grew up. He came back and visited my classroom after being in the service. He did a great job talking with students and connecting school to real life. I was immensely proud of the many successes Duane experienced through hard work and determination. I was very proud of him…and am so saddened by his loss. He was a wonderful person and a valuable connection to all those around him. He will be sorely missed by many.


    kim west

    He loved to laugh and loved to make others laugh, he loved to hug and loved to be hugged, he loved to love and loved to be loved. He was so proud of all of his accomplishments ~ especially being a daddy to Danny. He overcame every obstacle that ever stood in his way and succeeded at everything that he did. He was an honorable man and a true blessing in our lives. He will be forever missed and forever in our hearts. We love you Dewey!


    Patty Swarts (Sister)

    He was always friends with everybody, always there when you needed him. He will always be remembered and I will always love you very much. I am going to miss him very much. He touched everybody’s lives and always put his family first. Danny will grow to be a strong man because of you, and that is something this family will never forget.


    bill & Val Nichols

    Dearest Duane gone but not forgotten you will be greatly missed. YOu were a great defender of our country thank you.


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