Donald Merrill DuTeau, Age :95
Apr 06,1924---Nov 12,2019

Donald Merrill DuTeau, 95, Mission KS, formerly of Kansas City KS, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Bickford Mission Springs.  Don was born April 6, 1924 in Bainbridge Island WA to Edwin and Mabel (Skattebo) DuTeau.  He attended Jr. High in Merrill WI and High School in Mount Ranier, Maryland.  He served in the Navy in WWII in the Pacific.  After the war, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1951 with a degree in History.  He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  Don married Elizabeth (Bette) Ann Rosenlof on August 18, 1951.  He enjoyed a lifelong career in teaching Industrial Arts; 35 years at Central Jr. High in the Kansas City KS school district beginning 1952. He was an active member of First United Presbyterian Church. He loved family including his dogs. He built many beautiful things in wood for family and friends.  He enjoyed playing bridge and traveling all over the country and internationally with his wife and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Bette, his parents, his brother John, and sister Yvonne. He is survived by his children: Nancy (Bill); Amy (Jeff); Robert; and Jeffrey (Lucinda); five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial will be held 11 A.M. Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center Room C, 6200 Martway St., Mission KS. He will be laid to rest in Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln NE.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a local animal shelter.  Condolences may be expressed at Porter Funeral Home & Crematory, Lenexa KS



Mike Wall Nov 17 ,2019

Student ,Shawnee ,Kansas

R.I. P. Mr.Du Teau You were a fantastic teacher ! Still have the Cedar Chest you patiently helped me build in 1955. John 5:28,29 ??

Marilyn Schlosser Nov 17 ,2019

Church friends, and P.E.O. with Bette ,Lenexa ,Kansas

To the family of Don DuTeau: Thinking of you all on the loss of your father. We have a conflict with his memorial service, so will not be able to attend. Nancy and Amy were wonderful babysitters for our children during our years at First Presbyterian Church, KCK, Both of our children took Industrial Arts, but at Eisenhower MS. They loved it, and this helped them with many projects along the way. We"ve seen how valuable this class is for young people. Our daughter was fortunate that they had opened the class for girls. When I had a family 6 legged side table that had been stripped and needed to be stained & finished, Don said he would do this for me. It sits in our spare bedroom, and reminds me of him. I asked what I owed him, and he said he would like one of my cherry pies. May many fond memories lift you up. Bruce and Marilyn

Lara Nov 18 ,2019

First PC KCK ,Garden City ,Kansas

So sorry for your loss.

Kent & SueAnn Thieman Nov 18 ,2019

Former KCK neighbor & friend of family... ,Rogers ,Arkansas

Condolences to all the family but know we will all be in a better place someday...We remember Don as the tree guy that recycled wood into practical art .... K/SA

John Curatola Nov 18 ,2019

Friends ,Parkville ,Missouri

My sincere condolences for the Duteau family. Remembering his well lived life, surrounded by love will help ease the pain of the loss. The best testament to Don's character is his son Jeff. A reflection of his father.

Nancy & Harold Barnett Nov 19 ,2019

Co-worker @ Central Middle School KCK ,Tonganoxie ,Kansas

Condolences to the Don's family.and may we all remember the good times

Pamela Merrill-Madden Nov 20 ,2019

Student ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Me. Duteau was my home room teacher through all three of my years at central junior as at that time girls could not take shop class. He was also my favorite teacher. He was so kind and had such a thoughtful and quiet demeanor also a wonderful sense of humor. I will never forget him and feel that I was blessed to have known him.

Memorial Service
Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center Room C
6200 Martway Street
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