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Duane W. Banta, Jr.

August 5, 1951 January 9, 2015
Duane W. Banta, Jr.
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Obituary Duane W. Banta, Jr. Mapleton, Iowa - Duane W. Banta, Jr., 63, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 9, 2015 at University Park, Illinois of natural causes. The funeral service will be Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton, Iowa. Pastor Karen Handke will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, January 15 after 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family is receiving condolences on line at Duane Wesley Banta, Jr. was born August 5, 1951, at Rodney, Iowa, the son of Duane Wesley "Tuck" and Kathleen Estella "Kathy" (McClimans) Banta. He grew up in the area and attended Maple Valley High School in Mapleton, Iowa. At 19, Duane started his career in trucking. His first job was hauling cattle for Mitchell Trucking out of Oto, Iowa which proved to be a quick lesson for a young guy learning how it's done. He also learned this was the job for him and later created Banta Trucking. He hauled anything that needed hauling and would take it wherever it needed to go. This, of course, led to a lot of long haul trucking and sometimes weeks away from home. Taking care of the family at home came first. He was often heard to say, "You never lose money taking a profit." He loved to talk and if you would listen to him, you had a friend and he a a lot of them! As years passed, Duane was able to fulfill his dream and own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He recently bought a new one and enjoyed time in Sturgis last summer. He usually had a vehicle or two at home that he just had to tinker on and then he would sell it, again turning a little profit. He was pretty good at Texas Hold Em and loved finding casinos on the road. Sometimes, however, he was busted when he got home by the player cards that somehow showed up in the mail. Those family members left to embrace their memories of Duane include Pat, his wife of 29 years; three sons, Ryan Gotto and his wife, Katie, Aaron Gotto and his wife, Kristi, and Michael Gotto, two daughters, Valarie Banta and Amanda Banta and Terrance Flaggs, ALL of Mapleton; eight grandchildren; one brother and his wife, Ardell "Butch" Banta and his wife, Diane, of Correctionville, Iowa; and one sister, Donna Reisdorph and her husband, Dan, of Seneca, Missouri; along with other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Benji Banta.


Friday, January 16, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Armstrong Funeral Home 210 South 5th Street Mapleton, Iowa 51034


Thursday, January 15, 2015 After 5:00 p.m.

Armstrong Funeral Home 210 South 5th Street Mapleton, Iowa 51034
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