Robert "Bob" M. Duff, 83, of Fairbanks, and formerly of Thomson, Ill., passed away at home Jan. 10, 2014.|
Bob was born in Bagley, Wis., on Jan. 5, 1931. He worked at the Savanna Ordnance Depot as a munitions handler before being drafted. Bob served in the Korean War with the 25th Division, 27th Regiment, Wolfhounds Infantry from January 1952 to October 1953 and was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Campaign Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and two OS Service Bars.
Upon his return, he served eight years in the Army Reserve and attended and graduated from Bailey Tech in St. Louis, Mo., as a mechanic. He worked for White Trucking Company in St. Louis, as a mechanic. He then worked for White Trucking Company in Peoria, Ill., before accepting a position with the Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as a lock and dam operator for 19 years before retiring in 1974. He received numerous commendations for his service in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Bob married Elizabeth (Betty) Ehredt in Savanna, Ill., on Dec. 25, 1951. They were married 62 years.
Bob enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and spending time in his workshop. He also was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Robert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty), of Fairbanks; his daughters, Jeana (Robert) Kaskie, of McAlester, Okla., and Robyn (Shawn) Sharp, of Fairbanks; a remarkable (like a son) nephew, Walter Brower, of Barrow; a brother, Milton "Buzz," of Seymour, Mo.; his grandchildren, Alicia (Geoffrey) Stahl, of Fairbanks; Michael A. Kaskie, of Langley AFB, Va.; Christopher Duff, Eowyn and Kira Sharp, and a great grandson, Thomas, all of Fairbanks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Lorna Duff, of Bagley, Wis.; a brother, Gerald Duff, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and a sister, Willa Kruempel, of Rodgers, Ark.
The family had a private visitation Jan. 15, and cremation followed at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home, 415 Illinois St., in Fairbanks.
Condolences for the family may be offered online at legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2014