Karl Wayne Duff

Karl Wayne Duff, 74 years young, of Mendon, went to be with the Lord on July 18, 2014, at his residence, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

On July 31, 1939, he was the third born son of the first set of triplets in Bellefontaine, a son of the late Donald Ivan and Thelma Aris Moore Duff.

He is survived by his lovely wife of 50 years, Beverly Ann Rinehart Duff; four children, Karla (Doug) Eberle of Norwalk, Katherine Duff Payne of Cleveland, Todd (Cathy) Duff of Angola, Ind., and Kelly Duff McGohan of Columbus; his sister, Shirley (Pete) Ammons of Newark;  brothers-in-law, Bruce (Judy) Rinehart of Lima, Bret (Karen) Rinehart of Minnesota and Mark (Kim) Rinehart of Wapakoneta; 11 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.   

 He also was preceded in death by his triplet brothers, Keith Moore Duff and Kenneth Allen Duff and a sister, Bette Duff Beckwith.

He attended Bellefontaine High School, and also the Toledo Meat Cutting School, LaSalle Business School and Lima Tech. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force Air Police Division, serving during peacetime from 1958-1962.

  He worked at Pangle’s Master Market in Lima, and was the owner of Mendon’s Market, and had been employed at the Harter Group in Van Wert. He was a van driver for Mercer County Veterans Services, and loved all he transported. It gave him great joy to be of service to his fellow veterans.

Karl was a disabled veteran and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans organization. He served on the Mendon Board of Public Affairs for 20 years and was an active member of Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He was a past member of the Mendon-Union Fire Department, Mendon Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was past president of the Mendon-Union Band Boosters.  

He was a longtime volunteer at Harbor House in Celina.

Karl enjoyed playing Elvis music, collecting Elvis memorabilia, tole painting, playing pool and cards, camping, and most of all, going to Pirate’s Cove with his buddies.

While in the military, Karl taught himself calligraphy.

Over the years, he used this skill to make many signs for the stores that he worked in, and also for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and reunions. Karl’s family wishes to thank State of the Heart Hospice, especially Nurse Jessica, and also their Grace Missionary Church family.

Funeral services are at noon Monday, July 21, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, 311 Sunset Drive, Mendon, where calling is freom 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and an hour before the service Monday. Pastor Bruce Head officiates and burial is at 4 p.m. Monday, July 21, in Zanesfield Cemetery in Logan County, with military rites to be conducted by the Logan County Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to benefit local Mercer County Veterans, through the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 783, Attn: Steve Jones, 115 S. Green St., Mendon OH 45862.

Condolences may be left at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com.