OBITUARY

Robert Joseph DUFRESNE

September 18, 1937May 6, 2019
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Robert "Bob" Dufresne

Robert Dufresne died May 6, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born in Bay City, Michigan to Justin Dufresne and Mary Jane (Flynn) Dufresne. He met Marilyn "Sue" Hughes in high school and eventually won her over. They were married in Bay City, Michigan. They had two children, David and JoEllen.

Bob was a chemist at Dow Chemical in Midland, MI for 14 years before beginning his career at State Farm Insurance company in Flint, Michigan. He moved his family to California to pursue opportunities in the growing company. He retired from State Farm in 1994.

His smile was contagious and his sense of humor brought joy to everyone he met Bob loved adventure: speedboats, motorcycles, good-looking cars. He enjoyed softball, snowmobiling, racquetball, and his passion of golf. He gave the gift of life throughout his lifetime through blood donation over 30 years. He supported Donate Network of Arizona.

He loved his family and very much enjoyed entertaining his grand children and great grand children. He was fond of his canine companions throughout his life - Bootsy, Cherie, King, Brandy, Percy and his beloved Dottie, who became an excellent medical alert companion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Justin Dufresne. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Marilyn Sue Dufresne; his son, David Dufresne (Lien Waite); his daughter, JoEllen Dufresne (Alex Smith); his sister, Marianne Lareva; Sister-in-law, Ginny Hughes; granddaughter Jackie (Bryan) Ketch; four great grandsons; nine cousins and several nieces.

Private memorial services will held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Donate Network of Arizona Education Fund in Robert Dufresne's honor at www.dnaz.org

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Peter Allenspach

May 17, 2019

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May 17, 2019

JoEllen DuFresne

May 12, 2019

I was thinking about my dad and wanted to share how much fun I had growing up because of him. He took me for rides on his motorcycle, rewarded me with banana splits, taught me how to shave (even though I was a girl).

He showed me how to get a good sear on a rare steak, how to play racquetball in a mean game, which potato chips were the best. He taught me to dress fish, bait a hook, fire a shotgun and throw clay pigeons. I learned how to be quiet at the movies, why more wasn't always better, and when to let go of the rope while waterskiing.

He showed me how to run pipe, how to adjust a carburetor, and which fish to throw back into the water. He taught me how to make popcorn on the stove. He showed me the humor in cruddy situations. He kept me safe when he could, even when I did stupid kid stuff on the roof, or the driveway, or the other side of the fence.

He was my advocate, my enemy, my advisor, and my worst best friend. Best advice ever: "keep your teeth closed" when waterskiing and "don't get caught" when you bend the rules.

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