March 14, 2017 – 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 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.