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Duane Michael Petty

December 29, 1951 ~ January 25, 2020 (age 68)


Duane Michael Petty, 68, of Wichita, Kansas, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on January 25, 2020 surrounded by his wife of 45 years, Fiffy, and their three children.  
 Duane was born on December 29, 1951 in Washington Court House, son of the late John and Jane Petty.
 Surviving are wife, Phyllis Petty of Wichita, two sons, Jason (Kimberly) Petty of Santa Rosa, CA, and Michael Petty of Pasadena, CA, one daughter, Erin (Daniel) Collins of Wichita, and grandchildren, Leighton and Kellen Petty of Santa Rosa, CA. Also surviving are his brother, Dr. John (Pam) Petty, sisters, Dale Fuller and Denise Petty along with many nephews and nieces.
 In addition to his parents, Duane was preceded in death by his son, Ian Michael Petty and his sister Diane Petty Byers.

Duane graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) in 1974 with a degree in economics. At OWU he was a member of the football and tennis teams, and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
After graduation, Duane became owner/manager/tennis professional at the Libertyville Racquet Club in Illinois. While there, he earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, in 1982.
From 1990-2006, he worked at the Leelanau School, a private, boarding/day school for grades 9-12, in Glen Arbor, Mich. During his tenure, he served many roles including: director of admissions/financial aid, dean of students, athletic director and varsity tennis coach.
Duane was loved and respected for his unwavering character, integrity, wisdom, honesty, leadership, discipline and principles by all students and staff alike. He never compromised his beliefs.
Duane and his wife moved to Wichita, Kansas in 2006, where he served as the Upper School dean of students at the Collegiate School. From 2008-2012, he worked as the academic dean at National American University, retiring in 2012. During retirement, Duane enjoyed playing golf and tennis, daily walks with his wife, exercising, watching Ohio State University football, listening to music in his rocking chair, Saturday Bible studies with his brother, Dr. Petty, and sharing memories with his children and grandchildren of his days at Camp Shaw-Mi-Del-Eca in West Virginia, where he was a camper and eventually a counselor from age 8-21.

A celebration of life will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Jared Petty officiating.  Inurnment will take place in the Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wilmington, Ohio Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.

 Contributions in Duane's memory may be made to the athletic departments at Wichita Collegiate School (Wichita, KS), Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH), or Wilmington High School (Wilmington, OH).  The Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home, Wilmington, is serving the family, to sign the online guest book, go to

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Graveside Service
August 15, 2020

10:30 AM
Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wilmington

Celebration of Life
August 15, 2020

2:00 PM
Presbyterian Church of Wilmington
840 Timber Glen Drive
Wilmington, Ohio 45177

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