Larry Dean Duffie

1946 - 2011

Larry Dean Duffie, 65, of Williamsburg, Mo., passed away Saturday, September 3, 2011, during a visit to Clinton, Ark. while attending the annual Chuckwagon Races. He spent the last week of his very productive life riding his horse and enjoying the company of old friends and meeting new ones. Larry was born, October 4, 1946, to Ira Reece and Gladys (Dell Olsen) Duffie. Ira bought the farm and built the home they resided in until their passing and Larry maintained the farm even after he had left. Larry had very fond memories of his grandfather Olsen taking care of him as a child, especially when at four years of age his grandpa stood up for him when he filled the truck’s gas tank with water. Grandma was very upset. Larry graduated from Fulton High School and later served in the Army National Guard of Missouri. He was selected for the elite drill team and was in Chicago and Kansas City with the military police during the tumultuous Martin Luther King race riots of that period. He was honorably discharged eight years later with the honor of expert rifleman. Larry married Evelyn Virginia Nelson and they had three children from that marriage, Crystal, a twin sister Christina, and Lance. Christina died at childbirth that caused great sorrow for Larry throughout the rest of his life. Larry owned and operated Duffie Construction and he and his son operated CMR Speedworld for a period of time at that location. The word of his passing has brought deep sorrow to the community and far beyond, as he was a man with a wonderful trait of character and was highly esteemed. Larry worked for the Callaway County Road District, Ovid Bell Press and Wetterau before embarking on his final occupation as a heavy equipment operator. Larry was a very Christian man and was a member of the Mineola Baptist Church in Mineola. Crystal has two children, Ethan and Ashley Kleindienst, and Lance has two children, Jillian Duncan and Drake Haskell. Larry is survived by his wife, Valerie (Powell), her children, Shannon and Katherine Powell, and one grandchild, Joel Jens Johnson. Memorial services will held in Hermann, Mo., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Whitehouse Hotel, with another service planned Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Duffie farm. Larry often said he was but a grain of sand in a sandpile. He was so wrong. His candle burned out long before his legend ever would.

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