Hector Duthie
1925 - 2020
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Hector Duthie

Rochester Hills - Hector William "Bill" Duthie, age 95, of Rochester Hills, passed quietly at his residence, Bellbrook Mercy Senior Living Community on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Beloved husband of 61 years to the late Carol Duthie. Bill is survived by his son David Duthie (Karen) and daughter Patty Bochenek (Jim), (5) grandchildren, Jim (Holly), Jeff (Julia), Michael (Jamie), Carolyn (James), Lisa (Ryan) and (7) great grandchildren, Daphne, MacKenzie, Griffin, Davis, Elle, Logan and Hayes. Bill was born April 6, 1925 in Detroit. He served his country in WWII from 1943 to 1946 as a member of the Army Air Corp in the Pacific Theatre. Following his return from service Bill attended General Motors Institute (GMI) where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Bill went on to work at GM's Fisher Body Division, GM Corporate and Pontiac Motor Division. Bill held his dear friends and caring staff at Bellbrook Mercy in the highest regard. He will be greatly missed by his very dear friend Ms. Cynthia Homeyer. Memorial Contributions may be made to Talons Out Honor Flight, Ronald MacDonald House of Detroit or Wounded Warriors Project. A family remembrance and celebration of life will be held as conditions permit.




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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from Jul. 30 to Aug. 2, 2020.
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August 25, 2020
Bill, as he was commonly known at Bellbrook (also, the "mayor of Bellbrook"), was a man of great fortitude. A B-25 pilot in the Pacific during WWII, he flew 60 missions and never lost a crew member! I got to know him while visiting with my dad Fred (also an Army Air Corp. veteran in the Pacific) during their Thursday morning mens`breakfasts . Bill was very conversational and engaging. After my dad passed on in December of 2015, I continued to visit with the Thursday guys` group for the next few years. And sometimes I`d just go and visit Bill, maybe have coffee with him. He would go out of his way to take another mutual friend, Flora, down to dinner, pushing her wheelchair---he, in his 90`s, she ,over 100! The lockdown at Bellbrook meant I could not see my friend his last few months---so sad. I shall miss this gallant soul!
John A Unruh
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August 6, 2020
So many wonderful memory of my Uncle Bill who was full of life, a dedicated friend, and so much joy in his heart. Rest in peace, and I know you are having a blast in Heaven with Aunt Carol, Dad, Mom, & friends. Patty, and David ~ family we send our love, prayers, and our deepest sympthay's on the passing of your dad. You know that crew is shaking the Heavens up as they did in life :) So Blessed!
Kim Robinson
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August 2, 2020
Jim Hurst
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