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Duane "Dew" Francis Beaulieu


Duane "Dew" Francis Beaulieu

December 28, 1947 ~ March 31, 2019 (age 71)

Duane “Dew” Francis Beaulieu 71 of Red Lake Mn passed away peacefully the evening of March 31st, 2019 in Fargo ND, surrounded by his family.

He was born the son of Emerson Beaulieu and Rose Marie Poitra on December 28th, 1947. He was raised by his mother and step father Francis “Putch” Poitra. He survived by his wife Irma Beaulieu of 30 years, 7 children, Louie Beaulieu, David Neadeau, Merrill “Laureen” Neadeau, Penny Beaulieu, Concha Isham, Carmen “Chuck” Isham, Carla “Will” Ramirez, Special Granddaughters Dreanna Jean Manypenny and Donaya Sue Staples and special grandson Emery Skinaway Jr his son in-law Emery Skinaway Sr that he always treated like his own. Brothers: Rodney “Linda” Beaulieu, Dale Poitra, Sisters: Tammy “Tom” Goral, Corky “Brad” Goranson, Emery and Angie Beaulieu and all nieces and nephews.

Duane at the age of 10 years old moved to the Minneapolis area where he spent most of his life. He met his loving wife in 1988 and began their life together, they adored each other in every way. He worked at Orbecs in Minneapolis for 15 years before the company closed, he also worked at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital for 5 years then moved to Red Lake Mn in 2000 and worked for the Red Lake Casino where he retired in 2009. Dew was a big sports fan, specially of the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins, when the games were on this was serious business, we all had to leave the room or keep our mouths closed, no noise was to be heard. Dew loved to pull jokes on each and everyone of us, I am sure everyone has got to feel the jokes a time or two. He loved to sing and loved George Jones. He spent a lot of time at home watching Rachel Maddow and MSNBC. Dew loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren who he loved dearly, to his very last days, Dews life was instructive. As he aged, he taught us how to grow old with dignity, humor, and kindness – and, when the creator finally called, how to meet Him with courage and with joy in the promise of what lies ahead.

Duane is preceded in death by his father Emerson, mother Rose Marie, brothers Ray Beaulieu and Charles Beaulieu, sisters Mary Ann and Beverly Beaulieu, grandson James Edward III and great grandson Kyrie James

Pall bearers: Pete English, Will Ramirez, Jason Poitra, Kyle Fairbanks, Gerald Jourdain, Christopher Sumner. Alternate: Terry Neadeau Jr, Bruce Roy, Keri Benton

Honorary Pall bearers’ grandchildren: Tyrone Isham, Courtney Barrett, Decarlo Jara, Jaylen and Emery Skinaway Jr, Marcus Isham, Jarvis King, Louis and Dreanna Manypenny, Donaya Staples, Hollie and Randie Engstrom-Neadeau, Spencer and Jarrid Lyons, Jacob, Kaleb, Dylan, Conner, Paige, Rowan, Benjamin, Amelia, Mischa, Shilo, Dion, Natalie, Olivia, Shaun, Peyton Beaulieu and all great grandkids. Friends: Candy Spears, Vicki Neadeau.

Wake will begin at 2pm on Wednesday April 3rd and continue through Friday April 5th, where funeral service will begin at 1pm, held at the Little Rock Community Center in Red Lake Mn. Burial will be at the Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Mn.

Duane’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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