Charles J. Duren

June 20, 1926January 26, 2021

Charles J. Duren passed away peacefully at home on January 26th. He was 94 and a combat veteran of three wars.

Charlie was born in 1926 in New Rochelle, NY to Virgil and Gertrude Duren and he also had two sisters who preceded him in death. He is survived by his adored wife Elisabeth, his son Christian, his daughter Debra, and daughter-in-law Denise, his granddaughters Olivia and Danika and their spouses, and three great-grandchildren.

Charlie served his country with honors in three major wars and retired after 26 years as Sergeant First Class. He served with distinction in numerous civic volunteer activities. He was a 32 degree Mason as well as Chaplain at VFW Post 8577.

The family wishes to especially thank their dear friend Hazel McBride, Nurse Jennifer Estrada, and Texas Heart Hospice for their wonderful and loving care.

An internment service with military honor for Charles will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, Texas 76542.

Donations in remembrance can be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas.


  • Shriner's Children's Hospital


  • Internment Service with Military Honor

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


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Jennifer Mendiola

January 29, 2021

Mr. Duren,

Over the years I have been a part of your care team you have grown so near and dear to my heart. Although I didn't say it I hope you know how I love you and your wife so greatly. I will miss you so much. Rest easy now without worry, Elisabeth is loved and provided for as you would want.

Jennifer Mendiola, RN


January 29, 2021

My condolences and prayers go out to Ms Elisabeth and family. May God give you the strength and peace needed to see you thru this difficult time in your life.
26 years ago my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie and Elisabeth. Whenever I would visit my mothers home Charlie would be outside and we would always have conversations, he was always a joy to talk with. RIP Mr Charlie you will be missed. Love Marcia & Eric