John W. "Bill" Duro
West Des Moines
John William "Bill" Duro, 81, passed from this life on November 18, 2013, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. In agreement with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Communion Service celebrating Bill's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, located at 815 High Street in Des Moines. A private burial will be held at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Henry William Duro and Sarah Eliza Wheeldon were married in Ilkeston, England and emigrated to Des Moines, Iowa, where they made their home and started a new life. To this union, Bill was born on May 18, 1932, in Des Moines. He was a 1950 graduate of Roosevelt High School and a 1954 graduate of Drake University. Bill had served two years with the United States Army in the Signal Corps. He always stayed in Des Moines. Bill had started with Meredith Printing in their Printing Sales Department. In 1973, he became one of five owners/partners of Garner Printing. Bill retired in 1997, after the sale of the company to Consolidated Graphics. He had served on the Board of the Printing of the Midlands, with one year as Chairman. In 2000, Bill received the Prestigious Printer of the Year Award.
Bill began his long relationship with Y-Camp as a teen leader during high school. This time made such an impact on him that he made sure to continue his relationship and find a role for himself within the organization. For Bill, it was all a matter of heart and soul. He donated his time and building skills to make picnic tables, benches and upgrade cabins for kids. Bill had two tree house cabins named after him in honor of his years of hard work and dedication. Y-Camp became part of his extended family. He was connected in spirit to the many volunteers and counselors who shared and gave so much to make sure all the young campers had the gift and opportunity of experiencing nature and life in its most wonderful form. He was Chairman of the Board for one and had spent the last 19 years dedicating time, money and love toward this organization. For ten years, Bill was also a Scout Leader with the Boy Scouts Troop 280 in West Des Moines.
Bill loved the outdoors. Some internal compass drew him to the great mines in Colorado, where he enjoyed hiking. He studied the history and shared it with all that would join him on his great adventures. Maybe that coal-mining legacy of his English family had a certain hold on him that led him to search high and low for the great mines and the railroads that carried the cargo. Bill also enjoyed traveling and going on cruises. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. With love and talent, Bill constructed a beautiful playhouse for Chloe, which she will forever cherish. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Barbara Duro of West Des Moines; daughter, Julie (Seth) Wright of West Des Moines; stepdaughter, Jacqueline (Steve) Kennard of Amelia Island, FL; granddaughter, Chloe Marie Wright; two step-grandchildren, Samantha P. Kennard and Nathaniel Kennard; and a host of several extended family members and friends. Bill was preceded into eternal life by his parents; and son, Jeffry Mark Duro.
A memorial gathering will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 25, at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines.
The family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made to either: Cathedral Church of Saint Paul (Episcopal) - General Fund; or The Bill and Barbara Duro Y-Camp Tree Project.
Online condolences may be sent to IlesCares.com.
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322
Published in Des Moines Register from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25, 2013