Norman Duffy

November 21, 1927 ~ January 29, 2011

Norman Duffy, 83, of Lake Charles died at 2:56 PM Saturday, January 29, 2011 in his residence surrounded by his family. Mr. Duffy suffered from Vascular Dementia

Duffy was born in Cumming, Iowa to Robert and Ruth Duffy. He joined the Merchant Marines, then enlisted in the Air Force and served as a "Tail Gunner" in the Korean War. Duffy was stationed at Chennault Air force Base where he met and married Wana Landry. He was a member of the Iron Workers Local #678 for many years. Duffy served as President and Assistant Business Agent and taught the apprenticeship program. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and Our Lady of Good Council Church where he served as an usher. Duffy enjoyed hunting, gardening and sports. Duffy played semi pro baseball and coached baseball and umpired girls softball.

Mr. Duffy is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years Wana Duffy, his children Tricia (Phil) Rauser, Stephen Duffy all of Lake Charles, Lauren (Claude) Mimun of Palm Beach, FL, and Micha (Krista) Duffy of Benton, Gene Duffy and wife Penny, and Tim Duffy and wife Connie, all of Lake Charles; fourteen grandchildren: Shawn and Dustin Duffy, Jesse and Jordan Rauser, Shayna (Bryan) Manuel, and Eric Duffy, Cara, Evan, Cloe and Codi Mimun, Kayleigh, Drew, Klaire and Karoline Duffy; two great grandchildren, Gannon and Austyn Manuel; one brother Robert (Marlyn) Duffy of Hastings, MN.; and sisters Mae Bixby of Kent, Washington and Patti Rempili of Hastings, MN.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert L. Duffy and his mother Ruth Levander, and one brother Michael Duffy.

The family would like to thank Evangeline Home Health, Julia, Carolyn, Sue, David and Bernie, and also Southern Care Hospice, Katie, Marilyn, Debbie and Dr. Craig V. Broussard.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jesse and Jordan Rauser, Dustin Duffy, Eric Duffy, and Drew Duffy, Evan Mimun and Bryan Manuel.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady Queen of heaven Catholic Church. Monsignor James M Gaddy will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will begin on Monday at 4:30 PM until 9:00 PM with a scripture service followed by a rosary to be held at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue at 8:00 AM until 10:30 PM on Tuesday in the funeral home.

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  1. Connie and I are very sorry to hear of Mr. Norman's passing. I have many fond memories of spending time at the Duffy house in our younger days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Dear Gene Family;May your family be blessed with many loving memories as your father returns to his maker. God Bless All.

  3. Dear Wana and family, you are all in my prayers and thoughts as you go through this difficult time.May his soul rest in peace.Juliette

  4. Gene and family,I'm so sorry to hear of you dad's passing. Of my many good memories of being your neighbor, thoughts of your dad immediately come to mind. I never saw him without a smile and always enjoyed visiting with him when he stopped by on the way to your house. I don't think he ever knew a stranger. He will surely be missed.

  5. Gene I am so sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Peace,Michelle Theriot

  6. I am so sorry to hear of your lose. Mr. Duffy was such a great and kind man to all of us, neighbor hood gang, kids. Always smiling and laughing with us. I know how much your hearts are aching right now and may it be a comfort knowing that I hold only the fondest of memories of all of you. My Love and Prayers. God Bless!

  7. I am sorry for your loss. I enjoyed being around him and talking with him. He would always visit with me at church. He was a good friend and I will miss him. OO

  8. Mrs. Duffy and children, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Duffy. He was a devoted husband and father. I will pray for everyone during your time of grieving.God Bless

  9. On behalf of the Marvin Simmons' family we send our send our condolences. I have heard dad tell so many Ironworker stories along with some of the others. Mr.Duffy's were always good. We know the hurt in your hearts. Just trust in the Saviour and know that with God all things are perfect. May God Bless all of you safe and His arms. Peace in Christ, The Marvin Simmons' fmly.

  10. Tim,Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. We justfound out. Although I don't recall having met your father, I know the loss youare feeling. May he rest in peace,Rick and Wendy

  11. To Nanni and the rest of the Duffy crew ( and you guys certainly qualify as a crew.) You all have been in my thoughts since I received the news yesterday. I can't get the picture of Norman out of my head. Funny thing is, every instance that I have to recall from, he is always smiling and offering a warm handshake or smile. I am blessed to have known him and the you all as well. He provided a great example of how a man should live his life and love his family. You all were certainly his top priority and it was obvious that he not only loved but also greatly enjoyed the family that he and Nanni created. Our prayers are with you – Chris and Kim Rhame

  12. To the Duffy Family, Mr. Duffy was one of a kind. I'm a better person today for having known him. He could always offer a smile and a handshake and was truly a genuine, most kind individual. He loved you all dearly and loved his life. I'll never forget how skilled and crafty he was with his tools and always so full of energy. He always came by our house on Sunday's for a cup of coffee with my parents. Great memories to hold on too. My prayers are with your family.

  13. Wanaand Micha, I just read the news about Duff. Wana, I am so sorry for your loss and Micha, your Father was just the most admirable man next to my Dad. Micha I keep you and Wana in my prayers. There must be a baseball game in heaven waiting for our friend, our husband, and our father. With our thoughts and our prayers to your family.Bobbie Spikes

  14. We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Duffy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely,Patra, Lexi, Forrest, Alison

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