Duane Javens

March 25, 1945-Jan. 19, 2018

MANKATO — Mass of Christian Burial for Duane John Javens, 72, of Mankato, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Mankato. Visitation will be from 4 -7 p.m. Tuesday at Northview~North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation continues one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the donor’s choice.

Duane died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at his home.

Duane was born March 25, 1945, to Donald L. and Harriet E. (Boerboom) Javens in Marshall. He attended Central Catholic High School in Marshall. Duane was united in marriage to Jean DeMartelaere on April 1, 1967, in Minneota. He farmed for two years and then moved to Mankato where he worked at Year-A-Round Cab. In 1982 Duane and Jean started Javens Mechanical Contracting Co. in Mankato. In 2010 Duane decided to return to his farming roots and founded Javens Family Vineyard.

He was past president of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Assn. (PHCC). He was a member of the Minnesota Grape Growers Assoc. (MGGA). Duane enjoyed camping, NASCAR, showing off his Mustang, and traveling with family and friends. He excelled at passing on his knowledge and many skills to others. He enjoyed giving gator rides around the vineyards and property.

Duane is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean; daughter, Karmen Javens; daughter-in-law, Heather Javens, all of Mankato; six grandchildren, Mariah and Luke Bauer, Avery, Fletcher, Cole and Nora Javens; sister, Darlene (Wayne) Kruse of Amboy; brother, Kenny (Jody) Javens of Mankato; three sisters-in-laws, Rita (Wally) Gillund, Cheryl (Wayne) Hauschild, Karen (David) Meulebroeck; brother-in-law, Loren (Lisa) DeMartelaere; and nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Bryan and Jeffrey, and brother Denny.