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Duane Allen Soos

July 28, 1965 — August 6, 2021

Peru, Indiana

The six-foot-two Casanova, inappropriate joke teller, and renowned outlaw Duane Allen Soos shuffled off this mortal coil on August 6th, 2021 at the age of 56.

Anyone else fighting liver disease would have gone quietly into the night, but not Duane. He fought for three years, refusing to go gently into that good night. He was intent on sticking around as long as he could for his adored family and friends that he cherished so dearly.

The way he passed was just as he lived: he wrote his own rules, he fought authority and he paved his own way. And if you said he couldn’t do it, he would make sure he could, even if it was the path with the most resistance.

Many were astounded by his effortless ability to be equally charming and devilish. With an infectious, impish smile, impeccable taste in music, beguiling irreverent sense of humor, and stunning blue eyes, he could easily make anyone fall in love with him. Anyone who knew him knows how often he used that signature Duane charm to his advantage, and he never failed to make an impression.

As well-known as it was that hanging out with Duane could possibly end in a night in jail or a killer bloody mary hangover, he was the type of man that people would drive several hours at the drop of a dime to come see.

He had a generous spirit that would give even Mother Teresa a run for her money. He was the Oprah of his community, often dishing out whatever funds he could in order to assist with those he knew may never have the means to return the favor. He often gave beyond his means, and his generosity will forever be engraved in the minds of those who had the privilege of being cared for by Duane.

Duane was gifted to this world on July 28th, 1965 in Aurora, IL to Gerald and Linda (Hickson) Soos. His poor parents were not prepared for the terror that they had just unleashed upon the world. They would soon find out, though they loved him all the same.

Duane had a passion for pulling pranks. No prank was too extreme. Oh, there is no shortage of stories. He was also a die-hard fan of the Chicago Bears, eagerly giving misplaced hope every year that he would relive the incredible spectacle that was the 1985 Bears. He was also an avid music lover, never missing the opportunity to show off his prized collection of vinyl and strange action figurines from an array of horror films.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Gerald, and his mother, Linda. He is survived by the mothers of his children, Rhonda Soos and Peggy Soos, his six children, Penny Rainey, Chastity Soos, Tony (Brianna) Sperry, Nikki Soos, Tosha Plotner, and Krista Soos, his sisters Lisa (Rick) Lewandowski and Stephanie (Abe) Markley, his brother Jonathan Soos, fifteen grandchildren, several rowdy cousins, and a multitude of friends.

Duane was an adored man who tortured his loved ones in the most endearing ways. He will be missed more than he could have possibly imagined.

There will be a service to honor Duane’s life. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled.

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