ROCHESTER – Raymond C. Duzan, 70, Rochester, passed away at 1:30 a.m. April 15, 2014 – exactly 70 years from his date of birth – surrounded by his loving family at his home.
He was born April 15, 1944, in Hammond, to Joseph Charles and Blanche F. Raby Duzan. He was married May 30, 1983, to the love of his life, Michele D. English, who survives. Together they enjoyed more than three decades of life’s adventures.
As one of five children, growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters, Dixie and Sue, and two brothers, Bob and Jerry. A Talma Tiger, he graduated with his class from Talma High School in 1962. Later, he enlisted with the United States Army and served our country during the years of the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Korea for four years and was part of the missions to Vietnam. Possessing a vast arsenal of skills, he was a chief mechanic at Rochester’s Ford garage. He also had a mechanic’s work bay in his home garage. He loved agriculture and worked for a number of years at Nelson Farms near Burket.
A former Fulton County sheriff’s reserve, he answered the dispatchers and fellow officers as “25-19” for over 10 years, 1991 to 2001. He served Kewanna as their law enforcement officer from 1991 to 1992. His current memberships include Fraternal Order of Police and Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars #1343, where he was elected as officer and trustee for a three-year term. As an American sportsman, he taught rod hunting techniques for deer and water fowl around area farm fields. There were annual trips to Bay City, Mich., for goose hunting. Michele and Ray enjoyed fishing the pristine wasters of Lake Ann near Interlocken, Mich., where they many times caught the limit of blue gill and bass. A camper of primitive distinction, the only light allowed was the campfire or the summer starlit skies. There was absolutely no modern conveniences tolerated. With an intrigue for speed, he loved catching the action on the drag strips at Bunker Hills in Kokomo. Dominant speed and power, Ford engines were always a common denominator.
Also surviving are three daughters: Charity (and spouse Joe) Davis, Warsaw; Lorrae Duzan, Rochester; Cami (and spouse Jack) English-Davidson, South Bend; two sons, Rodney Duzan, Warsaw, and Parris (and spouse Maria) English, Camarillo, Calif; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dixie (and spouse Gene) Curtis, Cedar Lake, and Sue (and spouse Larry) Henry, Columbus, Ohio. Preceding him in death were his parents; and two brothers, Robert H. and Jerry Duzan.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Military Rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team.
Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
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Memorials may be made to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030; or to the Kosciusko County Hospice, 1515 Provident Drive, Suite 250, Warsaw, IN 46580 .
Online condolences may be sent via goodfamilyfh.com