H. Lyle Duffey

H. Lyle Duffey, age 90, of 1408 Mt. Ridge Road, Big Cove Tannery, Fulton County, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg. He was the son of the late Herbert A. Duffey and Mary Jane Johnston Duffey. Born in Chambersburg, on October 27, 1922, he was a life long resident of Fulton County. Mr. Duffey was a graduate of the McConnellsburg High School and Shippensburg University. After service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he taught in high schools in the county. In 1953 he joined the staff of the First National Bank of McConnellsburg where he served as an executive officer for over 30 years. He was a member of the board of directors of the bank for 45 years. He was also a member of the board of directors of JLG Industries for 23 years. During his banking career he had the privilege of serving a term as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a term as Vice President of the American Bankers Association, and as a Director of the Pennsylvania Community Bankers Association where he was named to the organization's Hall of Fame following retirement. Mr. Duffey was a member of the McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church for most of his life. After retiring from the bank, he responded to a call to the ministry. He enrolled in the Wesley Theological Seminary course of study and served as pastor of the Lemasters United Methodist Church for 8 years. He was a member of the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church at the time of his death. Locally he was active in his community, being involved in numerous civic organizations. For his service to the community he was recognized by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce with both a Man of the Year Award and an Outstanding Citizen Award. He was also active in veterans organizations, serving as American Legion Commander on several occasions. In addition he was a member of the Mt. Zion Lodge #774 F&AM. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Duffey was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy Alloway Duffey, mother of his four sons. Their oldest son Richard Lyle Duffey (husband of Helen) and a second wife Marie Evans Duffey preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Bivens Duffey at home, sons Thomas A. Duffey and John C. Duffey (husband of Bonnie) of McConnellsburg, PA, and son James T. Duffey (husband of Crystal) of Shippensburg, PA, and step children Tina M Evans of Cristfield, MD, Lloyd Evans of McConnellsburg, PA and Debra Bivens Peck (wife of Harold) of Big Cove Tannery, PA. Six grandchildren include Stacey Rineer (wife of Charles), Christina Duffey, Jennifer Meanix (wife of Colin), Cogan Duffey, Luke Duffey and Sydney Duffey, a step grandson Michael Hinckle (husband of Jennifer), and a step great grandson Wyatt Hinckle. A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church with the Pastor John Godissart officiating. There will be no viewing. Friends will be received at the church two hours prior to the service. Burial will be private at Union Cemetery with the Fulton Honor Guard participating. The family has entrusted Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Inc., McConnellsburg with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation, 214 Peach Orchard Rd., McConnellsburg, PA 17233 and should be designated specifically to the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Unit. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome.com

Published in Public Opinion on Dec. 29, 2012