Arthur Durkee, age 88 of Morris, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at West Wind Village in Morris, MN.

Visitation for Art Durkee will be on Friday, August 28, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.

Funeral services for Arthur Durkee will be a private family service held Saturday afternoon with Pastor Reed Stockman officiating..

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock, MN.

There will be a live stream of Art’s service starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the bottom of Art’s obituary page on Pedersen Funeral website. 

While maintaining social distancing guidelines, Pedersen Funeral Home is now able to accommodate gatherings of up to 250 people. The use of face masks by attendees is required, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep Pedersen Funeral Home clean. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming is available in most situations.

Arthur “Art” Durkee was born on February 13, 1932 at his home in Moore Township, near Hancock, MN, to Albert and Myrtle (Hubbard) Durkee. He attended District 45 School in Moore Township through the 8th grade. He then attended the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, graduating with the class of 1951. Art enlisted in the United States Army December 8, 1953, and was honorably discharged on November 30, 1961.

Nearly 67 years ago, Art met the love of his life, Carol Osterman. They were married September 5, 1953, and to this union seven children were born.

Art started working at the University of Minnesota, Morris the day his youngest child was born (their “wonder child”) – July 25, 1966. His pride and joy while working at UMM was driving the Cougar bus from 1972 – 1997, driving more than 700,000 miles. He hauled several athletic teams, 4-H groups, geology classes, church groups, senior citizens, choir groups, along with many others, and had many stories to tell. Art was a devoted bus driver and fan and was inducted into the Cougar Hall of Fame in 2002, something he was very proud of.

Art was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Morris, MN. He enjoyed playing smear, being a jokester, teasing his grandchildren, and spending time with family and friends.


Survivors Include his wife: Carol Durkee of Morris, MN; five children: Jackie (Ken) Nohl of Hancock, MN, Rita (Dean) Meichsner of Morris, MN, Keith Durkee of Hancock, MN, Peg (Brain) Kruize of Morris, MN, and Linda (Terry) Engebretson of Cyrus, MN; twelve grandchildren: Brian (Kayla) Nohl, Tonya (Bryan) Weiss, Karla (Lorne) Nadgwick, Eric (Liz) Meichsner, Tyler (McKinzie) Meichsner, Tracy Meichsner, Emma (Brandon) Leuthardt, Olivia (Will) Schroers, Amber (Scott) Melberg, Bree (Mitch) Daly, Tera (Tyler) Erdman, and Travis Engebretson; seventeen great-grandchildren and counting; sister-in-law: Norma Osterman of Morris, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons: Albert and Greg Durkee; his parents: Albert and Myrtle; and siblings: Rollie Dukee, Lloyd Durkee, and Edie Erickson.

Funeral services with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN,


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