OBITUARY

Donald R. Duston Sr.

January 19, 1930April 9, 2019
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Donald R. Duston, Sr. 89, a resident of Gilsum, NH passed away at his home, surrounded by the love and support of his family on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

He was born January 19, 1930 in Danville, NH the son of Oscar and Blanche (Bonah) Duston. He was a 1949 graduate of Sanborn Seminary High School in Kingston, NH. He went on to proudly serve our Nation as a member of the United States Navy.

He was a long time member of the American Legion in Keene, Post 4. He was also a 3rd Degree member of the Keene Council of the Knights of Columbus, 819. He was also a member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers. For many years he worked with the youth in his community as a Cub Scout leader. For many years he worked for MPB Corporation as an Engineer and Machinist.

On May 23, 1953 he married the love of his life: Rita Marie Chagnon and the two began a life-time of cherished memories and unforgettable moments. They were members of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and communicants at St. Bernard Church in Keene.

Above all, Don loved his family and enjoyed having an opportunity to share with them. He also enjoyed being out in nature; camping, hunting, fishing and working in his vegetable garden. He also enjoyed traveling; Mexico and Canada were two of his favorite places to visit.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Duston of Gilsum; his daughter, Dr. Nina M. Duston of Magnolia, MA; his sons, Donald R. Duston, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Greer, SC., Michael S. Duston and his wife Theresa of Enfield, CT., Jack A. Duston of Woburn, MA, Rev. Thomas L. Duston of Rochester, NH and Adam K Duston and his wife Jeannette of Merrimack, NH; his grandchildren, Nicholas, Erica, Gregory, Timothy, Conor and Kelly; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Cora; brothers, Norman Duston and his wife Judy, Gerald Duston and his wife Anne and Richard Duston and his loving companion, Roslyn; sisters, Joyce Poole and Shirley Maeder, sister-in-law, Evelyn Duston and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. He is predeceased by his daughter, Angel Duston; his brothers, Robert, Ernest and Albert; sister, Dorothy Taylor and her husband Leonidas; brothers-in-law, Richard Poole, Donald Maeder, Leon Chagnon and Richard Chagnon and sisters-in-law: Mary Duston and Evelyn Duston.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at St. Bernard Church, 185 Main St. Keene, NH at 10 AM. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Route 12, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call on the family from 5 to 7pm on Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St. Keene, NH.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, c/o the Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to St. Joseph Regional School 92 Wilson St. Keene, NH. 03431.

The Foley Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements. Please visit www.foleyfuneralhome.com to leave an online remembrance.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Donald R. Duston Sr.

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Kevin Whitfield

April 14, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Duston family. As a member of the Knights of Columbus council 819 in Keene, I had the pleasure of knowing Donald for a number of years. He was always a nice gentleman and I enjoyed his company at various K of C functions. Please be assured of my prayers for the repose of his soul and for your family during this difficult time.

James Wernicki

April 14, 2019

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Joyce Poole

April 11, 2019

Don was a very kind, gentle person. He loved his family and his life in the country. He was always a gentleman with a warm and humorous story. May you rest in peace, my dear brother, knowing the legacy you have left--so much love to everyone who was loved by you. Your loving sister,
Joyce

Jody Woods

April 11, 2019

Will pray for the entire family.

Janis (Tebbetts) Harriman

April 11, 2019

I have many memories of Don in Danville as I was growing up I am sorry for your loss but know he will always live in your hearts.

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