Gretchen Raddatz Duff, 74, of Port Orchard, Washington, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. Born August 19, 1938, in Salt Lake City, Gretchen was the daughter of the late Harold and Maude Raddatz of La Jolla, California. Raised primarily in La Jolla, she attended the University of California – Davis, and then graduated from San Diego State in 1960.
She married Karl Duff in 1961; together they continued his naval career until his retirement in 1989.
Gretchen is survived by Karl; her sister, Sara (Sandy) Raddatz; her children, Suzanne Thompson and Kenneth Duff; as well as her four grandchildren.
Gretchen was an avid horsewoman and active member of Calvary Church of Port Orchard who loved to reach out to others in her community. She and her husband were also enthusiastic backpackers, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in their retirement.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Harper Church, 10384 Sedgewick Road SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue.