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Duane H. Rubendall

Duane Henry Rubendall, 70, Sycamore, died on Friday, May 2, 2014 at home from leukemia.

He was born March 16, 1944 in Dixon, to Raphael and Velva (Smith) Rubendall.

He graduated Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, following service in the U.S. Army as an electronics technician stationed in Asmara, Eritrea.

While a N.I.U. student, he met his wife-to-be Anne Marie Shifflett. They were married June 20, 1970 and settled in Genoa, later moving to Sycamore.

A commercial artist, Duane worked for the DeKalb AgResearch family of companies for more than 30 years in a variety of positions related to communications.

Following his retirement in 1999, he continued to work for Monsanto as a retiree for an additional nine years.

In his career he represented the company domestically and in eight foreign countries.

Retirement offered the couple an opportunity to realize their shared ambition to travel and explore.

Among other things they attended classes in Ireland and participated in an archaeological dig on Easter Island.

Duane’s interest in aviation eventually led to private and commercial licenses as well as instrument and multi-engine ratings.

He was a member of Sycamore Sportsmen’s Club and the Sycamore United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; a daughter, Renee (Douglas) Huntman; and son, David Rubendall; two grandsons, Zachary and Samuel Huntman; a brother, Ben (Susan) Rubendall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Samuel D. Chriss; and sister-in-law, Kathryn (Gallagher) Rubendall.

The family thanks Dr. Memon (Kishwaukee Cancer Center), Dr. Smith (Loyola Hospital) and Dr. Frankfurt (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) and their staff for the care provided to Duane.

A memorial visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore, with a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m.

Military honors were scheduled after the service, followed by a luncheon and time for fellowship at the church.

Memorials can be made to the Sycamore United Methodist Church, the DAAHA (DeKalb Area Agriculture Heritage Association)  or the Kish Health Systems Hospice in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

For info or to sign the online guest book, go to or call 815-895-2833.

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