4/17/2014 8:00:00 AM Raymond Charles Duzan April 15, 1944 - April 15, 2014
Surrounded by his loving family Mr. Raymond Charles Duzan, 70, Rochester passed away at 1:30 a.m., exactly 70 years from his date of birth, April 15, 2014, at his home.
On April 15, 1944, Ray was born in Hammond, the treasured son of Joseph Charles and Blanche F. Raby Duzan. 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, Ray 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 South Korea for four years and was a part of the missions to Vietnam.
In Talma Ray married the love of his life, Michele D. English, on May 30, 1983. Together they enjoyed more than three decades of life's adventures.
Possessing a vast arsenal of skills Ray was chief mechanic at Rochester's Ford garage. He also had a mechanic's work bay in his home garage. Ray loved agriculture and worked for a number of years at Nelson Farms near Burket.
A former Fulton County sheriff's reserve, Ray answered the dispatchers and fellow officers as 25-19, for more than 10 years, from 1991-2001. He served Kewanna as their law enforcement officer from 1991-1992. Ray's current memberships include Fraternal Order of Police and Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1343 where he was elected as officer and a trustee for a three-year term.
As an American sportsman, Ray taught his son Rod hunting techniques for deer and waterfowl around area farm fields. There were annual trips to Bay City, Mich., for goose hunting. Michele and Ray enjoyed fishing the pristine waters of Lake Ann near Interlocken, Mich., where many times they caught the limit of bluegill and bass. A camper of primitive distinction, the only light allowed was the campfire or the summer starlit skies. There were absolutely no modern conveniences tolerated.
With an intrigue for speed, Ray loved catching the action on the drag strips at Bunker Hills and Kokomo. Dominant in speed and power, Ford engines were always a common denominator.
Left to cherish Ray's memory are his loving wife, Michele; three daughters, Charity Davis and husband Joe, Warsaw, Lorrae Duzan, Rochester, and Cami English-Davidson and husband Jack, South Bend; two sons, Rodney Duzan, Warsaw, and Parris English and wife Maria of Camarillo, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dixie Curtis and husband Gene, Cedar Lake, and Sue Henry and husband Larry, Columbus, Ohio.
Preceding Ray in death are his parents and two brothers, Robert H. Duzan and Jerry Duzan.
A celebration of the life of Mr. Raymond Charles Duzan is noon Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team. 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 expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
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Michelle & family we are so sorry for your loss, Ray will be sadly missed.
Love, Mark & Kim Begley
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Not seeing you for several years still can not take away all the Great times we had together working for Wade Powell or you driving my dragster when no one else would.You will be deeply missed by all your friends. R.I.P. Partner Ron Arnett