October 11, 1920 – February 23, 2014
Ray Duffee, age 93, of Boone and the Eastern Star Masonic Home, died February 23, 2014, at the Boone County Hospital.
Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church with Rev. Dick Dahle officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Park Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Boone Veterans Council.
Raymond Edward Duffee was born in Sacramento, California, on October 11, 1920, the son of Raymond and Ruth (Bartholow) Duffee.
He graduated from Grant Union High School in Sacramento.
He married Nadine Amandus in California in 1945. Nadine died in 1976.
Ray married Helen (Crouse) Highland in Boone on November 23, 1990.
He served with the United States Navy as a corpsman during World War II and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division. Ray was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in the Battle of Tarawa in the South Pacific. Ray was discharged in September of 1945.
Ray was an insurance agent in Boone, first working with Thorson Insurance Agency and then he established Duffee Insurance Agency. Ray retired in 1992.
He was a member of the Marine Corps League Fred K. Deaver Detachment, Masons Mount Olive Lodge #79 AF & AM, American Legion Post #56, V.F.W. Post #817, and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine.
Ray enjoyed golf, woodworking, working with stained glass, watching sports, and telling stories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Nadine, a sister Nadine Chritchlow, and a step-son Max Highland.
Ray is survived by his wife Helen of Boone; son Stephen ‘Steve’ Duffee and wife Sue of Boone; daughter Susan Potts and husband Bob of Sierra Vista, Arizona; step-son Gary Highland and companion Mary Fitzgibbons of West Des Moines; step-daughter Patty Swift and husband Jim of Johnston; six grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 11 step great-grand children; and two step great-great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall on Wednesday from 2 until 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m.
A Masonic Service will be at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, friends may call at the Church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children.Information provided by: Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Inc. 1006 6th Street Boone, IA 50036 www.schroedermemorialchapel.com