Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Karl Wayne Duff, 74, Mendon, went to be with the Lord on July 18, 2014, at his residence, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born July 31, 1939, the third born son of the first set of triplets in Bellefontaine. His parents, Donald Ivan and Thelma Aris (Moore) Duff, are deceased. His lovely wife of 50 years, Beverly Ann (Rinehart) Duff, survives.
Also surviving are four children, Karla (Doug) Eberle, Norwalk, Katherine Duff Payne, Cleveland, Todd (Cathy) Duff, Angola, Ind., and Kelly Duff McGohan, Columbus; a sister, Shirley (Pete) Ammons, Newark; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Judy) Rinehart, Lima, Bret (Karen) Rinehart, of Minnesota, and Mark (Kim) Rinehart, Wapakoneta; 11 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Deceased are his triplet brothers, Keith Moore Duff and Kenneth Allen Duff; and a sister, Bette Duff Beckwith.
He attended Bellefontaine High School, Toledo Meat Cutting School, LaSalle Business School and Lima Tech. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force Air Police Division, serving during peace time from 1958-1962. He worked at Pangle's Master Market, Lima, was the owner of Mendon's Market, and had been employed at the Harter Group in Van Wert. He was a van driver for Mercer County Veterans Services and loved all he transported. It gave him great joy to be of service to his fellow veterans.
He was a disabled veteran and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans organization. He served on the Mendon Board of Public Affairs for 20 years and was an active member of Grace Missionary Church, Celina. He was a past member of the Mendon-Union Fire Department, Mendon Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was past president of the Mendon-Union Band Boosters and a longtime volunteer at the former Harbor House in Celina.
He enjoyed playing Elvis Presley music and collecting memorabilia, tole painting, playing pool and cards, camping, and most of all, going to Pirate's Cove with his buddies. While in the military, he taught himself calligraphy. Over the years, he used this skill to make many signs for the stores where he worked, and also for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and reunions.
Funeral services are noon Monday at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Mendon, the Rev. Bruce Head officiating. Burial is at 4 p.m. Monday at Zanesfield Cemetery in Logan County, with military rites conducted by the Logan County Honor Guard.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and one hour before services on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to benefit local Mercer County veterans through the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 783, Attn.: Steve Jones, 115 S. Green St., Mendon, Ohio, 45862.
Condolences may be left at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com.