George W. Duff (1926-2004)

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George W. Duff

George W. Duff, 77, of Payson, died June 14, 2004. He was born Sept. 18, 1926 in Dundee, Ill.

Mr. Duff was a lifetime resident of Arizona. He was a master carpenter, truck driver, welder and auto mechanic. He had worked in the oil fields in Taft, Calif. and in the copper mines in Bagdad, Ariz.

He was a World War II veteran with the U.S. Army and the Army Air Corps.

Mr. Duff was a cowboy and cook, and a hard rock miner alongside his father in Wickenburg. He had won many awards for his outstanding fruitcake recipe. He was a Boy Scout master, manager of Little League Baseball, and a business agent with the Carpenters Union in Glendale. He was a lifetime member of the chamber of commerce and worked the rodeos in Payson.

Mr. Duff was loved by everyone who knew him and was always willing to help those who were in need of any of his many talents.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorene Duff of Payson; son, George (Vipa) Duff of Alamogordo, N.M.; daughter, Shelly Duff of Goodyear, Ariz.; grandson, Travis (Nolie) Cuevas of Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; granddaughter, Cassie Carlisle of Goodyear, Ariz.; and adopted son, Dale L. Pace of Tucson.

Visitation and funeral services were held Friday morning June 18 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Payson.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, June 18 at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern in Glendale.

Donations can be made to the American Red Cross, Central Arizona Chapter, 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85015.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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