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Joseph “Duana” Fountain


Joseph “Duane” Fountain, 87, of Edina, Missouri, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, surrounded by family.

Duane was born January 25, 1935, in Colony, Missouri, the youngest son of Nolan and Hazel Baltzell Fountain.

At a young age his parents moved to Edina, Missouri, and Duane attended school in Edina and graduated from the Edina High School in the Class of 1949.

He served his country in the United States Navy, stationed in Adak, Alaska, and Japan. Upon returning to Edina, he worked for Dr. T.D. O’Brien and later as a salesman for the Edina Lumber Yard for about forty-five years, until his retirement.

On July 10, 1960, in Edina, Missouri, Duane married Betty Lou Pinson and to this union a daughter was born.

They were members of the Edina Country Club, and he enjoyed playing golf and the many other amenities of the country club. He enjoyed card games at Leonard, Missouri and following local sports teams and the players he knew. Most of all he loved attending sports activities of his grandson’s and could be heard bragging about their endeavors at the coffee shop. He was just blessed with a great grandson.

Duane is survived by his wife, Betty Fountain of Edina, Missouri; a daughter, Lou Ann and her husband Jeff Werr of Shelbina, Missouri; two grandsons, Benjamin Joseph and his wife Megan Werr of Columbia, Missouri and Nicholas John and his wife, Chandler Werr of Jonesboro, Arkansas; a great grandson, John Patrick Werr; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parent, Nolan and Hazel Fountain; brothers, Dale, Don, and Delmar; and a sister, Dorothy.

Visitation was held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.

Interment was in the Mt. Hope Lutheran Cemetery north of Lentner, Missouri.

An expression of sympathy in memory of Duane Fountain may be left to the Knox County Cancer Fund. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.