Captain Charles J. (Joe) Duffy USN (Ret) Born: January 2, 1932: Died at home in Rancho Mirage, Ca. March 24, 2011 Joe was the husband of Sally Griffith Duffy; son of Leo F. Duffy and Dorothy Margaret (nee McNeill) Duffy; brother of James L. Duffy and the late William E. Duffy; brother-in-law of Margaret Koerner Duffy; father of Christopher L. Duffy, Charles M. (Mitch) Duffy, Catherine Duffy Zito , Elizabeth A. Duffy; father-in- law of Steven J. Zito and Tammy Duffy; grandfather of Megan Duffy, Emily Duffy, Abigail Duffy, Nolan Duffy, Nicholas Geist, Catherine Geist, William Geist; stepfather of Gabrielle G. Eichstaedt, Elizabeth G. Martin, Stacey G. Lyman, Tiffany S. Griffith and Robert J. "Bo" Griffith, Jr. Joe was a graduate of Lyons T.S. High School, La Grange, IL; University of Illinois, Champagne/Urbana and The Naval War College, Newport, RI. Joe was a true "Mustang" having risen from an enlisted man at age 18 to college graduate, to getting his wings as a Navy pilot. He enjoyed many duties as a reserve officer in his 34 years of service, among them heading a joint American/Spanish amphibious exercise in Spain to determine our air/sea worthiness. Most of all he enjoyed his trips to Ireland to conduct the swearing-in ceremony of young Irish lads into the U.S. Navy. Joe was President of Railroad Repair & Supply Company in Chicago, IL. He loved good cars, good golf, good cooking and good scotch. Joe's most recent authority: to seek out our patio and to serve mess to his faithful ducks, a duty he carried out with great distinction. The families would appreciate donations in lieu of flowers to The Intrepid Project in Texas or the Wounded Warriors Project.

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  1. Sally, thanks for stopping by McGowan’s and bringing me up to date about Joe. I copied the obit from the Barrington Courier-Review and made copies with a couple of statements that you made and am going to pass them out to your friends at McGowans. Joe was funny and enjoyed life. You are in Barb’s and my prayers. Kindest thoughts and wishes, Jack and Barb

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