Norman "Duffy" Joseph DuFresne

November 9, 1923July 29, 2020

Norman "Duffy" Joseph DuFresne, 96, died at home on July 29, 2020, surrounded by family. Norman was born on November 9, 1923 in Centerville, MN, the youngest of 12 children born to August and Roseanna (nee Charpentier) DuFresne. From the moment he saw a barnstormer airplane fly over the family farm, Norman knew he wanted to be a pilot. Norman served in the United States Air Force and as a fighter pilot flew over 100 missions in Korea and was awarded various medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his military career Norman worked for TWA and flew for 30 more years before retiring as a Captain in 1983, In 1952 Norman married JoAnn Houle of Forest Lake, MN. They moved to Kansas City and raised 5 children in the Northland. They were longtime members of St. Patrick’s Parish where Norman enjoyed singing in the choir after his retirement. He loved music and played the organ in addition to singing. He imparted his love of music to his children and singing carols around the organ at Christmastime has been a longtime family tradition. While in retirement he enjoyed weekly breakfasts with the ROMEOs as well as monthly social gatherings with fellow organ players. He also loved working in his woodshop and created many projects for the home. Norman was kind and generous with all who knew him and had a lively spirit and sense of humor. He was a devoted family man and friend to many. He was always active and when not flying could be found working on his house, in the yard, in his workshop, and spending time playing with his children and grandchildren, as well as traveling.

Norman is preceded in death by his wife JoAnn, his parents and all his siblings.

Norman is survived by his children Mark (Laura) DuFresne of Seattle, WA, Lynne DuFresne of Los Angeles, Lora (Dennis) Koontz of Kansas City, Bruce DuFresne of Kansas City and Jean DuFresne of Kansas City; as well as grandchildren Jesse (Tracey) Koontz of Kearney, Dylan (Misty) Koontz of Kansas City, and Tiffany Koontz of Kansas City; and great grandchildren Kaylee, James, Kady, and Colton.

The family would like to thank Jean Stipek and family for their years of friendship, Kristi and the entire team at Kansas City Hospice, and many other friends and family for all their care.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to a charity of choice.

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Norman "Duffy" Joseph DuFresne

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Ramona Magers

August 1, 2020

Jean, Bruce, Lora, Lynne, and Mark - Words cannot express the grief for the passing of this great man, your father. How honored and blessed you were to have had such a dad. He has left you his legacy of love, joy, and zest for life. He was like no other and will be forever remembered. My sincerest sympathy, Ramona Magers

linda peterson

July 31, 2020

I want to thank Norman for taking care of our country with love; honor and pride. Because of Norman's service to our country and for all of our men and women who are serving our country we can all live our lives in peace and freedom. ALL OF ARE VETERANS ARE OUR COUNTRY'S HEROES. I know God and the Angels have made a very special place in heaven for this wonderful Veteran. God bless you for taking care of our country.