DuWayne E. “Charlie” Bluske

DuWayne Everett Bluske was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on April 28, 1929 to Harry C. Bluske and Frieda (Schroeder) Bluske. He married Carol Anita Johnson at Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church on August 22, 1950.

DuWayne grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1947, where he played catcher for the baseball team. He played ball with the “big guys” at age 14 and dearly loved the game. But on September 15, 1949 he was diagnosed with polio. Though he recovered well at the time, Post-Polio Syndrome would take its toll years later.

DuWayne worked for Iverson-Larson  Lumber Company, Reserve Supply, Lumberman’s Service, and was a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans, a life insurance company.

In October 1972, DuWayne and Carol moved to Fairfield, California where they lived for more than 32 years. These were fun years of sharing San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Lake Tahoe with friends and family. They called themselves the “best hotel in town,” with DuWayne acting as the town’s best tour guide. The Midwest beckoned in April 2005, relocating DuWayne and Carol to Leawood, Kansas.

DuWayne and Carol had four children: Brady (Renee) Bluske of Fairfield, California; Bryan (Karen) Bluske of Frontenac, Minnesota; Beth (Jerry) McDonald of Overland Park, Kansas; and Brenda Bluske, who passed away in October 2006. Grandchildren are Tanner Bluske and Taylor Dominguez of Fairfield; Griffin McDonald of Olympia, Washington and Grayson McDonald of Overland Park; Krista Bluske of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Geoffrey Bluske of Kansas City, Kansas. They also have four great-grandchildren.

DuWayne’s brother-in-law Loren Tryggestad and grandchild Travis Bluske were deceased prior to his passing.

DuWayne and Carol also have a foster daughter who is very dear to them, Pat and Earl Schwartzhoff live in Rochester, Minnesota. They have five children and twelve grandchildren.

Survivors are wife Carol, brother Wesley (Carol) Bluske, and sister Carol Tryggestad.

Services for DuWayne are scheduled for 11:00 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Mt. Olive Lutheran church in Overland Park, Kansas. Service with burial of cremains will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Cemetery in Chaseburg, Wisconsin on Friday, August 17, 2012  at 11:00. Lunch will be served.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Mt. Olive Lutheran School, 9514 Perry Lane, Overland Park, KS  66212 or the charity of your choice.


  1. Mary Sjodin on August 20, 2012 at 6:06 am

    My deepest sympathy to Bryan and his family. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

  2. Henry Raway on August 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Having worked with DuWayne & Carol’s son Bryan at Prairie island Power Plant gives me an idea that DuWayne must have been a great husband & father.
    God bless & keep you all during this time.
    Henry Raway

  3. Ron & Marlys Dahlke on August 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Our deepest sympathy. We will never forget our visits with him and always so pleasant. Sure he is reminising with his folks and enjoying his “happy hour”. God’s blessing to all.

  4. Norm Fadness on August 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I read in the LaCrosse Tribune about Charlie’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. My Dad and Charlie are now renewing their friendship in Heaven.

    Norm Fadness
    Elk Grove,CA

  5. Nancy, Troy and Tyler Ruf on August 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Beth, Jerry, Griffin and Grayson,

    The loss is life is always a sad moment. Charlie had alot of obstacles and yet he lived. He didn’t let polio get him down, he embraced it and went on with his life – laughing, building bird houses and loving his family. It’s an adjustment now for everyone and one that will have its ups and down. We are here for you – for a shoulder, a laugh and a glass of wine. Your dad was a great man….

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