Gerald "Duke" L. Dufour

Born: Thu., Mar. 12, 1931
Died: Sun., Mar. 12, 2017


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 18, 2017
Location: St. Peter's Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 PM Sat., Mar. 18, 2017
Location: St. Peter's Catholic Church

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Gerald “Duke” L. Dufour, age 86, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  He was born on March 12, 1931 in Escanaba, MI and graduated from Escanaba High School Class of ’49.  He then graduated from Michigan Tech in 1953 with a civil engineering degree.  On November 28, 1953 he was united in marriage to Mary (nee Way). He served as an officer in the Corps of Engineers, US Army from 1953-1955. Gerald enjoyed a long career in construction management and consulting and was the owner of Ma-Con Construction. He was also a vice president and honorary member of the Mason Contractors Association of America.  Gerald enjoyed hunting, golf and tennis.  He also loved watching sporting events.  He was a member and past Commodore of Cedar Lake Yacht Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary; cherished children, Jeffrey, David, Michael, Thomas, Timothy, Tracy (James) Breuer and Kristine (Dale) Hendrickson; grandchildren, Jessica Dufour and Travis Dufour, Stephanie and Alec Ciriacks, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob and Sarah Breuer, Brent, Kayla and Justin Hendrickson; sisters, Mary Mears and Sr. Miriam Dufour, SSND.  He is further survived by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Priscilla (nee LaFave); daughter Kelly Roesler and daughter-in-law Barbara Dufour.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at noon at St. Peter's Catholic Church (200 E Washington St, Slinger) with Fr. Richard Stoffel presiding.  The Visitation will be held at church on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  Interment will take place at new St. Peter’s Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff members of Cedar Bay East and to Dr. Charles Kaufmann for his care given to Gerald.

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Matthew Luken
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Our condolences from the whole "Luken Family" of Big Cedar Lake.
May Gerald rest in peace.

Gary Piotrowski
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Thanks for everything Jerry, love ya.

Tom Yahr
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
My sympathy to the family. Have great memories of playing tennis and socializing after at PVTC. Tom Yahr

Erin Burke Bull
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
My condolences to all of you. He was always so welcoming and funny when I came to your house on Big Cedar Lake. A very good man indeed. May your fond memories console you now & forever. Love, Erin Burke Bull

Kurt Blechner
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Travis's Family in Lake Geneva.

Dear Dufour Family, Our deepest sympathies and heart felt condolences will never be enough to make up for your great loss. You are all in our Prayers. Carmen & Travis Dufour, Katharina Blechner, Renee Blechner as well as Daniela,Jenny,Kyle and Kurt Blechner

Rose Stinefast Kopenec
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
My deepest condolences to your: Mary, Jeff, Mike, Dave, Tom, Tim, Tracy and Kris on the passing of Jer. Please know that each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bill Dentinger
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Jerry Dufour was a mentor and a dear, dear friend. While I'll remember the Engineer, and the Builder, more so, I'll remember the Fighter and how he dealt with problems. He did so with a smile and a zest for life. Living to complete eighty-six years is particularly impressive considering issues he faced. I stand in awe of his achievements, and I always will. Bill Dentinger

Rod and Amber Hansen
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Father, Husband. Our thoughts are with you all. RIP

Connie Kopps
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
I am so sad to hear that Uncle Duke has passed! I hope and pray that his memories of him will lighten heavy hearts. Such a cool, kind nd gentle man. Hang in there!! Love Connie

Guy Wilson
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
Gerry was a true and honest gentleman and always a pleasure to do business with during the time I knew him in the construction industry many years ago.

Bob Paterick
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
Hi Mary and Family,
My sincere condolence.
I got to know Jerry very well during our college years at Michigan Tech. Being from Escanaba i would catch a ride many times with him. As i think back,we had some good conversations. I always enjoyed his presents. Bob

Sue and Russ Darrow
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
Please accept our love and prayers on the passing of our longtime friend, jerry! We have a lot of happy cedar lake and fish fry memories-- regattas with all our children, and more!we are unable to be there on Saturday, but we will be there in spirit and with prayers! Our love to all!! Sue and Russ

Norm Racicot
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the entire Dufour family. It was a great pleasure having known Mr. Dufour.

Robin and Norm Racicot

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