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John Clifton Duff, 91, of Junction City, Wis., passed away Dec. 31, 2012, in Florida.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in Wisconsin. Craig Funeral Home, St. Augustine, Fla., is assisting the family.
Mr. Duff was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Denver, Tenn., to John Ruel and Margaret (Harrington) Duff. He was married to Jeanne Marie Lohr of Tonica for 55 years until her death in 2001.
As a sergeant in the U.S. Marines Corps, he served in World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations and was honorably discharged.
John partnered with his brother-in-law to run the Waukesha Greenhouse in Wisconsin and Lohr Greenhouse in Tonica. After more than 30 years as an electrician at Libby Owens Ford Glass Co., Ottawa, he retired to build their retirement log home in Wisconsin, continuing to do part-time electrical work as well as seasonal work at the DuBay Cranberry Co. He wintered in Florida with daughter Maggi until declining health in 2011 when he moved to Clyde Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home, St. Augustine, Fla.
John was a member of American Legion, loved daily walks, visits with neighbors, fishing, fly tying, cutting firewood, gardening, woodworking, crossword puzzles and reading.
He is survived by his six children, Carol (James) Gianino of Pahrump, Nev., Barbara (Jerry) Corgiat of Junction City, Wis., Maggi (Doug) Tyus of Elkton, Fla., Jon of Peru, Joel (Kathy) of Arvada, Colo., and Patrick of Stevens Point, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen (Jack) Knight of Las Cruces, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his wife, one sister and six brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to any veterans organization, Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home or a local hospice.
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