Frederick A. Duve Jr., 82, of Vermillion, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.
Fred was born May 16, 1928 in Newport, KY to Frederick A. Duve Sr. and Caroline (Busch) Duve. He attended school in Newport, and married Kyoko Muto (Patricia) in 1954 in Tokyo, Japan. He served in the US Army from 1946 to 1966 retiring honorable and faithfully.
Fred served in the Korean War as a combat infantryman with the 1st US Cavalry Division of the 7th Regiment from 1950 � 1951. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Army Commendation and Korean Service Medals with six combat stars for major campaigns and the Combat Infantry Badge and other military awards and decorations for his 20 years of service to his country.
He was employed in various capacities at several occupations in his civilian life that included locomotive railroad fireman and was Security Chief as well as investigator with the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for nine years, having been employed with the security department of the University for 13 years. He was last employed as the Veterans Service Officer with the university for three years, retiring in 1983 due to his health.
Fred helped organize the Major General Lloyd R. Moses chapter 194 of the Korean War Veterans Association of Eastern South Dakota. In May of 2000, Fred was honored by being elected the first president of the chapter and served until 2003. In addition to the KWVA he was also a lifetime member of the DAV, Military of the Purple Heart, 1st US Cavalry Division of the 7th Regiment and Kentucky Colonel Honoree.
He enjoyed fishing, nonfiction reading with emphasis on military history and enjoyed writing short stories and most of all being with and conversing with other combat veterans.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia, of Vermillion; a brother, Donald; and a sister, Elsie Stull; both of Newport, KY.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, May 2 at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Online condolences and obituary: hansenfuneralhome.com.