Lawrence Harold Duff, 91, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1500 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin. Burial is at Austin Memorial Park.
Born Aug. 18, 1921, to Dorothy and Harold Duff in Brookings. Larry spent his early years attending elementary and high school in Brookings, often riding a horse through 20 feet of snow to attend class. Larry not only excelled in school but worked hard alongside his Dad and younger brother Gordon tending the crops and livestock on the family farm.
Larry’s dream was to be an engineer. Larry was attending South Dakota State University and active in the South Dakota National Guard Reserves when his dream was put on hold by World War II when his unit was called to action. Larry was given command of a B17 Bomber and a crew of 10 men and sent to England.
He flew 35 missions while stationed in England. Maj. Larry Duff was then sent to Wichita Falls, Texas where he met the love of his life, Anne Godleski. Larry and Anne married and returned to South Dakota where Larry resumed his studies and graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.
Upon graduation Larry embarked on a highly successful 42-year career as a quality engineer manager with General Electric in New York, Nassau Bay, Texas, in the NASA space program and finally in San Jose, Calif., in the nuclear power plant program.
Anne and Larry enjoyed 55 years of marriage, raising three sons, Alan, Stephen and Brian Duff. They loved to travel and visited every state in the U.S., in addition to traveling abroad.
Larry was a talented guitarist and bestowed his musical gifts on his three sons, always encouraging them and providing lessons for them to learn and play the instrument they were drawn to. Larry was an avid bridge instructor and player, often winning tournaments with his wife Anne. Larry designed and crafted jewelry and leather works and he was a master at calligraphy. Larry enjoyed gardening and was a horticulturist, grafting fruit trees.
In 1997, Larry and Anne moved to Austin to enjoy their children and grandchildren. Larry was the ultimate gentleman, always offering to help, opening your door for you, pulling out your chair and always saying “please” and “thank you” and your welcome.
Larry had a wonderful, witty sense of humor and everyone enjoyed being with him. Larry loved animals and always was there to pet Nugget and Frannie. After his wife Anne died, Larry lived the last 10 years of his life in his home with his caregiver family Tilda and Ernesto Cruz. He was still playing bridge well into his 80s and still traveling to beautiful places.
He is survived by his son Brian (Patrice) Duff; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren;
An obituary and memorial guestbook are available online at www.wcfish.com.
Arrangements are being hanlded by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas, 78705 – (512) 452-8811.