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Duane Keith Keo

February 5, 1982 — October 26, 2020

Duane Keith Keo

Duane Keith Keo, “Koska Wacinkin Yapi” (They Depend On Him) 38 of Fort Totten ND , beloved husband, dad, brother, uncle and friend began his journey to the Spirit World on Monday, October 26, 2020 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

Duane Keith Keo began his walk on earth in Devils Lake on February 5, 1982, the son of Dennis and Cheryl F. (Thomas) Keo.  He grew up on the Spirit Lake Nation and was educated there.  In high school, Duane participated in cross country running and later joined the wrestling team and would be awarded as a State Championship Wrestler. 

Duane was married to his beloved Londa Littleghost and they made their home in the Fort Totten area. 

Duane enjoyed life… He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors with his kids.  He loved teaching his kids what he had learned in life.  He taught them how to fish and his son Keenan how to hunt.

Duane also loved to work until he fell ill.  He worked at Spirit Lake Housing, Spirit Lake Refuse Control Center, Spirit Lake Casino and Resort (Events Staff) and various construction jobs. 

Duane will be missed by many friends and relatives. 

Duane’s loving family include his loving wife Londa Keo; sons Durell Keo and Keenan Keo; daughter Keemya Keo; sisters Charris Thomas and Robbi Lynn Milton; brothers Chadd Keo, Clinton Keo, David Keo and Mitchell Keo; Dad Dennis Keo; aunts Joyce Youngbear, Marilyn Thomas, Wanda Thomas, Cindy Thomas, Anna Thomas, Maureen Keo and Doreen Keo; uncles Richard Thomas, Adrian Thomas, Rudy Keo and Ronald Keo and many nieces and nephews who were so special to him.

He was preceded in death by his mother Cheryl F. Thomas Keo, uncles Casey Thomas, Milton Thomas, Timothy Thomas and Jack Keo and grandparents Richard Thomas Sr., Winifred Thomas, Keith F. Keo and Aileen Wahwassuck. 

Active Casket Bearers will be Alton Nestell, Kellen Keo, Tyson WhiteTail, Mitchell Keo, Addison Lenoir, David Keo and Kendell 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Addison Lenoir and family, Alton Nestell and family, Loren GreyBear Sr., Valentina Martin, Helena Littleghost, Rhonda Stevens, Bernadine Littlewind, Mark and Tonda Shaw.  If we forgot to name someone, it was not intentional. Duane loved his family and friends with all his heart.

All Drum Groups and Singers are welcome to share their songs in memory of Duane.

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  A Graveside Service will be on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery, Crow Hill District, rural Fort Totten ND.   The procession to St. Jerome’s will leave from the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Thursday, November 5, 2020

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Graveside Service

Friday, November 6, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Jerome's Catholic Cemetery

Crow Hill Road, ND 58357

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