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George W. DuFour, age 79 of Lake Street passed away Friday, July 11, 2008 after fighting complications from a hemorrhagic stroke, which he suffered on January 1, 2008.

He was born January 24, 1929 in Elverton, West Virginia, the son of George and Jennie (McCormick) DuFour.

Throughout his life, George was an avid Cleveland sports fan and also enjoyed following West Virginia University sports. He coached his two boy’s baseball teams as they grew up and loved to listen to country music with his daughter. He and his wife, Elsie, prepared dinner for their family every Sunday and he was always supportive and proud of his children and grandchildren, being present at all of their events and activities, and was affectionately known as “Papa” by his grandchildren and their close friends. George could often be found in his music room amongst his vast collection of country albums and memorabilia. His love for country music allowed him to meet many of his favorite artists. Trains were his other passion and George took pleasure in traveling the country on them with his loving wife, Elsie and sister, Evelyn. He was very proud of his home state of West Virginia and cherished traveling there to visit family. He enjoyed working outside and took pride in his yard. He adored and was devoted to his wife Elsie and often wrote her poetry. During his life George worked for Molded Fiber Glass and Zehrco Plastics, where he retired from and was very active in the union, serving as president for many years. George was very proud of his service to his country as a member of the United States Army. He served his country from 1949 to 1952 and earned the rank of Corporal. While in the Army he was a member of the Military Police. As a Military Policeman, he stood guard for President Harry S. Truman while the President was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C.

His survivors include his beloved children, Jerry (Janice Dinger) DuFour and Susan (Stephen) DuFour-Tharp; a daughter-in-law, Cathy (Mead) DuFour; devoted grandchildren, Erica DuFour (Aaron) Esposito, Megan DuFour, Mark DuFour, Jason (Amy Capitena) DuFour, Ashley Tharp, Mackenzie Tharp; a great-granddaughter, Arryon Marie Esposito and another great-grandchild to be born in November; step-grandchildren, Stephen Tharp, Jr. and Jason Tharp; step-great-granddaughter, Rylie Nicole Minor-Tharp; his sisters, Emma Sturgill and Evelyn (Dempsey) Birchfield; brothers, James (Sylvia) DuFour, Frank (Sandra) DuFour, Richard DuFour, and Daniel (Denise) DuFour; and many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his adoring wife Elsie L. DuFour, whom he married on April 30, 1952 and who passed away just five short weeks earlier on June 6, 2008; his parents, George DuFour in 1970 and Jennie DuFour in 1989; a son, George “Hank” W. DuFour III in 2004; his brothers, Harold, John, Charles, and Jack Dufour; and father-in-law, Albert E. Kessler in 1972 and mother-in-law Vernie E. Kessler in 1973.

A Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 14, at the First Baptist Church, 6003 State Route 193, Kingsville. Reverend David Hines, Pastor will officiate. Entombment will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville with full military honors.

Calling hours will be at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, July 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart/Stroke Association, 1689 East 115th St., Cleveland, OH 44106.

Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements.

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