Harry J Will Funeral Homes

25450 Plymouth Rd, Redford, MI


John Theodore Durant

July 24, 1936March 8, 2020

John “Jack” Durant of Dearborn, Michigan, formerly of Philadelphia, died Sunday March 8, 2020. Jack was born in Darby, Pennsylvania on July 24,1936.

Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife,Theresa, and siblings Irene "Dolly" Russo, Elizabeth "Betty" Lutz and Charles E. Durant of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his children, Carol (John) Alexander, Patricia (Antonio) Helton, Linda Durant and Richard (Paula) Durant, and grandchildren Bryan, Grace and Jenna Alexander, Kathryn and Mark Helton and Stephanie Durant.

Jack graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys in 1954. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, he then earned a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1963.

Jack and Theresa lived in Coatesville, PA while he worked for Lukens Steel and then moved to Swarthmore, PA while working for Sun Ship. In 1982, Jack and Theresa moved to Dearborn, MI where he joined Michigan-Wisconsin Pipeline (American Natural Resources) as manager of the materials testing group, until his retirement in 1996.

Jack enjoyed studying American and military history and was an avid map collector. Jack and Theresa enjoyed traveling, gardening, and spending time with their grandchildren.

He will be missed by many.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 5-8pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Redford. Visitation will continue on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10am until the Funeral Service that will begin at 12pm also at Harry J. Will Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Funeral In State Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 14, 2020


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Thomas Lutz

March 13, 2020

Every time he answered the phone his greeting was enthusiastic and heartfelt. Uncle Jack wanted to know what you were doing and where you were. Very specifically your mile marker, highway exit or map coordinate. Happy Travels Uncle Jack ! Enjoy your current journey with Aunt Theresa by your side.