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James Duff

Posted December 22, 2014 in Boone, Obituaries

James ‘Jim’ Duff, age 74, of 915-14th Street, died December 21, 2014, at the Boone County Hospital.

James Duff

James Duff

His body has been gifted to the Department of Anatomy at Des Moines University in Des Moines.

A Memorial Service will be Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial of his cremains will be in the Scranton Cemetery in Greene County at a later date.

James Keith Duff was born on January 27, 1940, in Jefferson, Iowa, the son of Roscoe and Harriet (Cook) Duff.

He graduated from Scranton High School in 1957.

On July 19, 1964, Jim married Jeanette Stoltz in Boone.

In earlier years, Jim farmed near Scranton, worked as assistant manager at the former Yegge Lumber in Boone, and later worked as a printer, groundskeeper, and general maintenance at the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Lastly, Jim worked at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad as a mechanic, retiring in 2008.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Men, Masons Rhodes Lodge #303 of Ogden, York Rite of Ames, Scottish Rite Consistory of Des Moines, and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine of Altoona.

Jim also was a charter member of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society, member of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone County Historical Society, Greene County Historical Society, and the Winnebago Historical Society and Heritage Park of North Iowa.

Jim enjoyed history and railroads. He also enjoyed his volunteer work and playing on his computer.

As a youth, he was involved with FFA, 4-H, DeMolay, and later was a Rainbow Dad.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Eleanor.

He is survived by his wife Jeanette of Boone; two sons John Duff (Lee Strohm) of Anaheim, California, and Joseph Duff (Emily) of League City, Texas; a daughter Judith Duff of Red Oak, Texas; and two brothers Raymond Duff (Betty) of Kasson, Minnesota, and Leslie Duff (Vicky) of Carroll.

In memory of Jim, memorials may be directed to the family.

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