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Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home

703 East Main Street, Ravenna, OH

OBITUARY

Donald R. Duff

June 20, 1936August 31, 2019
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Donald Richard Duff, age 83, entered into heaven suddenly on Aug. 31, 2019 while doing yard work at his home in Kent, Ohio. Don was born on June 20, 1936 in Brodhead, Wisconsin to Thurman Duff and Evelyn Muriel Bemis Duff. He had 3 half-siblings on his father’s side, twins John T. (Jack) Duff, Jerald L. (Jerry) Duff (deceased), and Warren Duff, all residing in Wisconsin. In 1954 Don graduated from Northside High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and entered the United States Air Force in October of 1955. During his service, he functioned as a weather observer overseas in Saudi Arabia and also traveled to Israel. He was honorably discharged after four years of service in October of 1961. After his discharge, Don met his wife Sharon Kay Buess from Wharton, Ohio, at a nursing school dance in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They married the following year on Sept.1st, 1962. After receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology in 1966, Don began a 33 year career at GE, first in Bellevue, Ohio and later moving to the Ravenna lamp plant in 1977. He retired from GE in 1999, but continued to attend breakfast meetings with his retired GE work friends until his death. Don was preceded in death by his father Thurman Duff, his mother Evelyn Phinney, and his wife Sharon from Alzheimer’s in 2014. He is survived by their 4 children, Jennifer (James) Niemann of Auburn, OH, James (Nicole) Duff of Allison Park, PA, Clifford (Erin) Duff of Medina, OH, and Benjamin (Jennifer) Duff of Baton Rouge, LA, as well as his 6 grandchildren. Don was a devoted family man, and after retiring and caring for his wife through her illness, he remained active in all of his children and grandchildren’s lives until his own passing. Don was a longtime member of the Ravenna First United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He also participated in many of their events including their yearly mission trip to Henderson, KY. Don especially enjoyed chauffeuring many of his church friends around to weekly dinners and to their mission locations. Don was always willing to lend a helping hand, and it’s been said by many who knew him that he ‘never met a stranger’, but considered everyone a friend. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations would benefit the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna. Friends will be received at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm where funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, September 6th. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Park. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019

Memories

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Aimee & Tom Marting

September 4, 2019

We feel privileged to have met Don. He seemed like an amazing father and friend. We know he will be missed. Our sympathies and heartfelt prayers go out to his family. May God grant you comfort during this difficult time.

Marvin Henderson

September 3, 2019

Well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of the LORD Don epitomizes the word faithful I had just seen him at the Church picnic and last Thursday at choir rehearsal I so looked forward to singing with him He gave his all to whatever endeavor he set his heart and hands to do In the words of a song from the early fifties movie Imitation of Life he's done with the trouble of this world and has gone on to be with the Lord He is not far away just slipped into the next room He recognized death as the foot bridge to eternal life As he entered the Church Triumphant he peeled off this old clay house and put on the immortal soul that joined the Hallelujah Chorus and will forever sing praises to our GOD I pass God's peace to all of you and pray God's blessings continue to rain down upon you as you traverse this veil of sorrow This is not good bye just until we meet again see you further on up the road

Mark Beaschler

September 2, 2019

Jenny, Jim, Cliff, and Ben,

We were shocked to hear about Uncle Don's passing. As others have mentioned, he was a very good man who made caring for his family his number one priority.
We are frustrated and saddened that we will not be able to make it for the viewing or funeral. Don seemed to always be able to attend the necessary family functions. We are sorry.
Prayers to all of you,

Mark, Stephanie, Morgan and Jacob Beaschler

Ruth Davis-Hastler

September 2, 2019

Dear Duff Family, I was sorry to hear about your Dad. May your fond memories and the fact he is with your Mom bring you comfort.

Marlynn Boston

September 2, 2019

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your dear dad, Don. The neighborhood was never the same after Don and Sharon moved. They needed a ranch, and Rick and I told them- you have a big backyard, so we can just take the upstairs off and put it in the backyard. Problem solved. We will always remember Don and Sharon with the most respect and kindness

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Biography

Donald Richard Duff, age 83, entered into heaven suddenly on Aug. 31, 2019 while doing yard work at his home in Kent, Ohio.
Don was born on June 20, 1936 in Brodhead, Wisconsin to Thurman Duff and Evelyn Muriel Bemis Duff. He had 3 half-siblings on his father’s side, twins John T. (Jack) Duff, Jerald L. (Jerry) Duff (deceased), and Warren Duff, all residing in Wisconsin. In 1954 Don graduated from Northside High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and entered the United States Air Force in October of 1955. During his service, he functioned as a weather observer overseas in Saudi Arabia and also traveled to Israel. He was honorably discharged after four years of service in October of 1961.
After his discharge, Don met his wife Sharon Kay Buess from Wharton, Ohio, at a nursing school dance in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They married the following year on Sept.1st, 1962. After receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology in 1966, Don began a 33 year career at GE, first in Bellevue, Ohio and later moving to the Ravenna lamp plant in 1977. He retired from GE in 1999, but continued to attend breakfast meetings with his retired GE work friends until his death.
Don was preceded in death by his father Thurman Duff, his mother Evelyn Phinney, and his wife Sharon from Alzheimer’s in 2014. He is survived by their 4 children, Jennifer (James) Niemann of Auburn, OH, James (Nicole) Duff of Allison Park, PA, Clifford (Erin) Duff of Medina, OH, and Benjamin (Jennifer) Duff of Baton Rouge, LA, as well as his 6 grandchildren. Don was a devoted family man, and after retiring and caring for his wife through her illness, he remained active in all of his children and grandchildren’s lives until his own passing.
Don was a longtime member of the Ravenna First United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He also participated in many of their events including their yearly mission trip to Henderson, KY. Don especially enjoyed chauffeuring many of his church friends around to weekly dinners and to their mission locations.
Don was always willing to lend a helping hand, and it’s been said by many who knew him that he ‘never met a stranger’, but considered everyone a friend. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations would benefit the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna.
Friends will be received at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm where funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, September 6th. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Park.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com