Norman Ray “Duffy” Duffield Sr. left this world to be with the Lord on Friday March 12, 2021 following a brief but devastating battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Duffy was born exactly 76 years earlier on March 12, 1945 to parents Nellie Marie (Nottingham) and Grover Norman Duffield in Martinez, California while his father served overseas. Duffy was a 1965 graduate of Garfield High School, following which he proudly served his country in the US Navy until his Honorable Discharge in 1968. He was then employed at the Lordstown General Motors facility, from which he retired after 31 years of employment, while simultaneously serving several of those years with the Air Force Reserves. Duffy spent his retirement combining his longtime passions of driving, traveling, and meeting people by driving all manner of vehicles – tour buses, semi-trucks, tractors, and taxi vans, which he thoroughly enjoyed until just days of his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as a daughter, Charity L. Duffield, who died at birth. Duffy is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Cherryl D. (Clark) Duffield of Nelson, who he married July 19, 1969; two sons, N. Ray Duffield Jr. of Bristolville and Matthew J. Duffield of Nelson; daughter Shelley L. (Scott) Jackson of Troy Township; four grandsons, Justin R. (Natalie Rottarr) Duffield of Rockvale, Tennessee, Barrett S. Jackson of Lakewood, Ohio, Clark T. Jackson and Wilson L. Jackson, both of Troy Township, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Retha (Jim) Petrick and brother Duane (Teri) Duffield, both of Nelson, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Duffy was a faithful Christian, a long-time attendee of Faith Evangelical Free Church and most recently, an active member of Grace Fellowship Church, where he delighted in serving as greeter on Sunday mornings. He was known for his contagious smile, which he loved to share, as well as his relentless telling of jokes that he also loved to share, despite his family’s protests. He had a huge heart and a generous soul, known for helping friends and family with projects and slipping money to his grandsons when no one else was watching. Duffy had an affinity for buying, selling, and trading vehicles - much to his wife’s dismay - with a recent copy of Auto Trader usually found nearby. He was proud to be a Vietnam Veteran, which was typically emblazoned upon his ever-present ball cap, and especially proud that son Ray and grandson Justin chose to serve their country as he and his father had before them. Duffy was never shy of demonstrating his tremendous love for his family, who are shocked and saddened by his sudden passing but so thankful for the years spent together and rejoicing that he is with our eternal Father and sharing that smile with loved ones in Heaven. Visitation will be Thursday March 18, 2021, at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, 4668 Pioneer Trail at the corner of St. Rt. 44, Mantua, Ohio 44255, from 11:00 A.M.-12:00 Noon. His funeral service will then begin at 12:00 with Pastor Roy Mack officiating. Final resting place will follow at Harrington Cemetery, Nelson Twp., Ohio, where full Military Honors will be observed by U.S. Naval Honor Guard Team. Social Distancing and Facial Coverings Will Be Observed. For Those Unable To Attend The Funeral Service, Procession To The Cemetery Will Form At The Funeral Home To The Cemetery at 11:45 A.M. His video tribute, condolences, and memories may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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