Russell Randolph Duff
Russell Randolph Duff
  • August 26, 1925 - June 7, 2017
  • Temple, Texas

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R. Randolph Duff expired on June 7, 2017 in Temple, Texas. He was born on Wednesday, August 26, 1925 to Hasel Dunn Duff and Oscar Randolph Duff in Palestine, Texas. After graduating from High School in 1942, he attended college a year and a half before being drafted in 1944 at the age of 18 into the U.S. Army. He received his training in Camp Wolters, an infantry camp near Mineral Wells, Texas. While still in basic training he was picked by the Army to attend a special school for Army Intelligence and Reconnaissance and did so until December 16, 1944 when due to a breakthrough of Allied Lines (The Battle of the Bulge) his training was cut by 3 weeks and he was sent to Europe with other trainees as a replacement to help plug up our lines. Because of the break-through of the Allies lines ended sooner than expected and he did not participate in the Battle of the Bulge but was instead assigned to the 3rd Army, 80th Infantry Division. This Division as part of the 3rd Army commanded by General George Patton pushed toward the Rhine River from late January to late March of 1945. At the Rhine orders from SHAEF, signed by General Eisenhower, caught up with him ordering him to return to the United States to prepare to take exams fir entrance to West Point Military Academy. On taking the physical at West Point, it was found that he had an eye defect, which kept him from passing his physical. He was honored to receive this appointment from his U.S. Congressman but was disappointed with the outcome.
He was awarded the Expert Infantry Badge, the Sharp Shooter Badge (M-1 Rifle), The European Ribbon with one battle star for the Battle of Rhineland, and the Combat Infantry Badge. The war ended in Europe in 1945 but it was still going strong in Japan and the Pacific area. He had temporarily been assigned to Fort Dix, New Jersey when in July he had the opportunity to meet with the Board of Officer Candidate School. He was allowed a choice of any of three combat training schools. With this in mind, he took two weeks leave to visit his home in Texas. While on leave during the first week of August 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. This ended the war in Japan. With no further reason to go to OCS, he opted to transfer to the Armored School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, remained until his honorable discharge at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and enrolled in North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.
He graduated from North Texas State University in June of 1950with a degree in Business Administration. He was a member of a local school fraternity (The Falcons) which later affiliated with Kappa Sigma, a national fraternity.
After graduation he worked in Dallas at Firestone in the management training program from 1950-1952. He then worked in the Midland-Odessa area for Atlantic Refining Company in their accounting and operations department for five years. He was later employed by the Texas State Department of Health in Austin for 17 years and transferred to Temple for another six years until he retired in 1981. After retirement, he took courses in Real Estate Management because he was thinking about investing in some rental property. While attending Temple College he was notified by the college that he had become qualified to be a member of Phi-Theta-Kappa, an academic fraternity.
He did not start saving money until he was nearly 40 years old, but with good advice from his father he decided to buy stocks in the New York Stock Market. Also with help from having some financial stockbrokers for further guidance, he was able to give some nice size gifts to a few charities and put some money in the bank as well.
While living in Austin he became interested in deer hunting and was invited by two friends to join on a lease they had near Lake Travis. In addition, during this time he got lucky and won a lottery sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department allowing the winner to hunt on a recently opened wildlife reservation located in East Texas.
He was a member of the VFW, the Cornerstone Society through Scott and White Hospital and joined the Methodist church when he was 10 years old becoming a lifelong member.
His parents and his brother Robert Duff precede him in death. He is survived by cousin, Grace Margaret DeTar Anderson from Victoria, TX; a cousin Russell M. Dunn and wife Marjorie of LaMesa, CA; nephew Robert M. Duff and wife Nelda and their two children, Caleb and Jessica of Burnet, TX; niece Diane Duff Hunt and husband Shawn and their three children, Dax, Duff and Dane Hunt of Waco, TX; nephew William Randolph Duff and his two children Dustin and Scott of North Lake, WI.
Burial will be at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX on Friday June 16 at 10am with Military Honors.
Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Temple is in charge of arrangements.