FORT RIPLEY — Duain M. “Sonny” Guin, age 78, of Fort Ripley, died peacefully Feb. 10, 2012, at his home of mesothelioma lung cancer. He is survived by his three children, Stacy (Mary) Guin, of Minnetonka, Kathy (Steve) Koch, of Chaska, and Margaret “Peggy” (Pete) Clements, of McGregor; former spouse, Marlene Guin, of Champlin; sister, Maxine (William) Diercks, of Steeleville, Ill.; many friends; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death and now joins his parents and beloved dog, Mindy.
He was born and raised in Brainerd where he and Marlene raised their family. He moved to Fort Ripley in 1994 where he enjoyed his home on the Nokasippi River. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a lifelong employee of Burlington Northern Railroad. His passions were fishing, hunting, wood-working and family.
Per his wishes, there will be no viewing. He has chosen to donate his body to the University of Minnesota for research in helping to find a cure for mesothelioma lung cancer. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Brainerd Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St., on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served.
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