Duane Ralph Sherwood, 83, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. He was born on September 28, 1937 in Fort Madison, IA to Joe Ralph & Alta Marie Warner Sherwood. He graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1955 and from Western Illinois University in 1976. He married Myrna Marie Fortune on January 24, 1959 in Fort Madison, IA. He worked at the Iowa State Penitentiary for many years, retiring as the Iowa Prison Industries Supervisor. During his final years at ISP, production at Iowa Prison Industries exceeded $3,000,000. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Duane was a charter member of the Fort Madison Bloodhound Booster Club and was it’s 3rd president. He was very involved in Bloodhound Wrestling, working to start several wrestling tournaments and was the Iowa High School Wrestling Federation Officials Chairman. He was an active volunteer for the Tri State Rodeo for 69 years and a member of the Rodeo Operating Committee for 18 years. He was a charter member of the Special Kids Rodeo. He also served on the Lee County Mental Health Board of Directors and served on the Fort Madison School Board. He received the Fort Madison Citizen of the Year Award in 2011 and the Governor’s Star Award in 1990.
Duane is survived by: his wife: Myrna Sherwood of Fort Madison, IA; 1-daughter: Kelly Parrett (Andy Ross) of Pensacola, FL; 3-sons: Dean (Rae-Lynn) Sherwood of Lewiston, ME, Kirk (Ronda) Sherwood of Fort Madison, IA & Todd (Donna) Sherwood of St. Louis, MO; 12-grandchildren & 11-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A public viewing and visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. Due to Co-Vid concerns, the family will not be present. A private family service will be held with burial in Oakland Cemetery in Fort Madison. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for St. Paul Lutheran Church or Fort Madison Food Pantry. Online condolences to Duane’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com. The service may be viewed any time after Noon on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at www.kinglynk.com.