John S. Duffy
John S. Duffy
  • June 28, 1924 - May 12, 2017
  • Normal, Illinois

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NORMAL - John S. Duffy, 92, of Normal, died 11:45 a.m. Friday (May 12, 2017) at his home.
A private family service and a celebration of life service will be in August.
He was born June 28, 1924, in Melvin. He married his sweetheart and love of his live, Barbara Hochhalter, on May 18, 1957, in Melvin. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
He is survived by his wife, Barb Duffy, Normal; his children, Kim McBride, Austin, Texas; Terry (Mark) Wepprecht, Bloomington; Jonna Fricke (Patrick Mann), Bloomington; five grandchildren, Sean McBride, Austin, Texas; Stefanie McBride, Austin, Texas; Brian Wepprecht, Bloomington; Brittany Fricke, Bloomington; and Blake Wepprecht, Bloomington; one great-grandchild, Drake Wepprecht, Bloomington; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, James and Maude Duffy; and four siblings, Mary Cothern, James Duffy, Francis Duffy and Joseph Duffy.
Early in his career, he worked for the McLean County Highway Department as a surveyor and later worked as a sales manager for Behlen Mfg. Co., which was sold to Wickes Corp. in 1982. During his career, he was selected to travel to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, London and Italy to handle the company's overseas operations. He loved talking about those trips to his children and grandchildren.
John and Barb loved to travel to Hawaii, the Bahamas and made bi-yearly trips to Las Vegas, as well as family vacations to California and Florida with his children. He adored his family and spent as much time with them as possible.
He got to see his beloved Cubbies win the World Series last year. He almost never missed a game and if you came over to the house, the TV would likely be on the Cubs or Bulls.
He worked in downtown Chicago for many years and was once held up at gunpoint and gave the person his wallet. When he called Barb to tell her about it, he said, "Well, they must have needed the money more than me." That was the kind of man he was.
The family would like to pay special thanks to John's caregivers, who not only cared for him but became part of the family: Danielle, Pam, Tiffany, Betty, Ollie and Jeff.
He will be laid to rest at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.