Clarence Duffy, 80, Austin

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 8, 2005

Clarence E. “Duff” Duffy, age 80, of Austin, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at home surrounded by family.

Clarence was born June 3, 1925, in Austin to Vivian A. and Gertrude (Adams) Duffy. He attended Queen of Angels Catholic School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II in China, Burma, and India. He was united in marriage to Betty Jean Lewis on April 8, 1948, and they were married until her death on Nov. 2, 1978.

Clarence was employed by the George A. Hormel Company as a machinist, a foreman, and as a member of the Project Group, and retired after 38 years of service.

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On April 25, 1987, he was united in marriage to Mildred Aukes.

An avid fisherman and hunter, he especially enjoyed deer hunting with his son and grandchildren. Clarence had a passion for all things mechanical, and was a gifted craftsman. Duff built and raced McCullough go-carts. He loved flying his Cessna airplanes and gyrocopter, and building his BD-5 airplane. Duff was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Mildred Duffy of Austin; children: Barbara Bressler of Stillwater, Joanne (Paul) Nesse of Prescott, Wis., Richard Duffy of Austin, and Patricia (Kevin) Weber of

Shoreview; Minn.; step children:

Greg (Ann) Aukes of Midlothian, Va., and Sheila (Dave) Funk of Runnells, Iowa; grandchildren: Amanda, Christopher, Jason, Katrina, Scott, Syndol, Alicia, Stephanie, Andrew, Alec, Ian, Amelia and Zachery; great-grandchildren: Megan, Claire, Kilee and Sophie; sisters: Agnes (Steve) Mocsny of Los Angeles, Calif., and Doris (Warren) King of

Carlton; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife:


A memorial mass will be celebrated 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at the Church of St. Augustine with the Rev. Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 7 p.m. wake service on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin, where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., and also at a luncheon following the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.