Raymond A. DuFour Sr.

DuFour, Raymond A. Sr. RENSSELAER Raymond A. DuFour Sr., 91, of St. Anthony Lane died on Friday, January 17, 2014, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, surrounded by his loving wife and son after a long illness. Born in Wynantskill, he was son of the late Frank DuFour and Edna Furry DuFour and beloved husband of 65 years to Wilma J. Wendell DuFour. He is survived by his son, Raymond A. (Patricia) DuFour Jr. and his loving grandson, Chester DuFour. Ray graduated from Sacred Heart School, Troy, and attended La Salle Institute, Troy, departing prior to graduation to join the war effort. He graduated as an aviation machinist mate from the Naval Air Technical Training School, Navy Pier, Chicago. Ray enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1946, after serving throughout the Pacific Theatre of World War II. With his shipmates, Ray was engaged in three major battles of the Pacific, earning the Presidential Unit Citation award with two battle stars, as well as the Philippine Liberation medal with one battle star. He was also awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation along with numerous other individual medals and campaign ribbons. He was postmaster of the Wynantskill Post Office for 30 years, retiring in 1992. Prior to that he was employed by the John A. Manning Paper Company, Mount Ida branch. He and his father built and operated Du4's Inn on the Troy-Averill Park Road in the early 50s. Ray enjoyed memberships in many area organizations including being a life member of the Sullivan Jones Post VFW and American Legion Post 1489. He was a former member of Toastmasters of America and enjoyed serving as toastmaster for many local organizations. He was a charter member of the Poestenkill Kiwanis Club and a former member of Kiwanis Club of Wynantskill, serving on many committees, and as president in 1958. Ray first joined the Wynantskill Fire Department as a junior member, playing in the drum and bugle corps in April 1936 and was currently an exempt fireman. He had many friends who looked forward to deer hunting and deep sea fishing. Ray was predeceased by his brother, Frank DuFour, and sister, Elinor Elligott. At Ray's request, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Pawling Avenue, Troy, with the Rev. John Yanas, pastor. Interment will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Raymond A. DuFour Sr. to the La Salle Institute Building Fund, 174 Williams Road, Troy, NY 12180 or the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit brycefh.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014