Raymond A. DuFour Sr., 91, of St. Anthony Lane, died Friday, Jan. 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 for 65 years of 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 in Troy, N.Y., and attended La Salle Institute in Troy, departing prior to graduation to join in the war effort. He graduated as an aviation machinist mate from the Naval Air Technical Training School at Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill. Ray enlisted in the U.S. 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 Co. Mount Ida Branch. He and his father built and operated Du4's Inn on the Troy-Averill Park Road in the early 1950s.
Ray enjoyed memberships in many area organizations including as 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 corp, in April of 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 at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church on Pawling Avenue in Troy with Rev. John Yanas, pastor.
Interment with full military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
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 Boulevard, Rensselaer, NY 12144.
For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com
Published in The Record from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014