Ralph Duff, 75, of Maroa, IL passed away November 21, 2018 surrounded by family at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.


Services will be 10 AM, Monday, November 26, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Forsyth, IL with Rev. Timothy Killion officiating.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, IL with Military Honors.  Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM, Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the church.  The family requests casual racing attire.   Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, Decatur, IL or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Forsyth, IL.


Ralph was born March 8, 1943 in Tulsa, OK, the son of Leo and Florence (Osborne) Duff.  He married Carole Ann Garner, December 23, 1962 in Decatur, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Carole Ann Duff, Maroa, IL; his children, Scott (Missy) Duff, Weldon, IL., Craig (Melissa) Duff, Maroa, IL; 5 grandchildren, Clayton (Allie), Drake, Garrett, Jaret, and Tyler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Roger.


Ralph enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, traveling, and line-dancing with his wife. He served in the US Army for 4 years with his favorite memory being in Okinawa, Japan. Ralph loved every dog he met and every dog loved Ralph. He loved all types of auto racing and continued that tradition by helping his boys and grandsons with their race cars.  He was employed with General Electric. Ralph was a hard worker, handyman, and loved teaching his boys things whether that was electrical, a short cut to any destination, or where the holes were in the racetrack. Ralph did not miss a race or a game for his family. He was always cheering them on. Ralph now has the best seat at the race track.


A special thank you to the staff at Liberty Village, Clinton OSF, and Springfield OSF hospice that went above and beyond with their loving care and support for Ralph.


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