Charles Edward Duffy, Jr. (Ted) was born May 28, 1929 in Cumming, Iowa. Charles passed away peacefully at his home in Collins, Missouri on January 23, 2011.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Gertrude Duffy, his brother Merwin A. Duffy, three children, Sandra K. Gee, John D. Duffy, Merwin C. Duffy, one grandson Donald D. Duffy and two great grandchildren Shane Rogers and Heather Revenall.
Charles is survived by his wife, Thelma Nadine Duffy of Collins, MO, two sisters, Linda L. Brown and Norma J. Felice, both of Des Moines, Iowa; five children, Charles H. Duffy, Rose M. Goodson, Pamela S. Jett, Edward R. Duffy, Sandra M. Jett, 31 grandchildren, and 56 great grandchildren.
Charles was a hard working man, devoted to his family and his Lord. At the age of 12, in Cumming, Iowa, he was in charge of opening the school house, starting the furnaces and opening the railroad offices. At age 15 he started working for the Rock Island Railroad. Charles worked in the oil fields in Kansas where he drilled wells in the 1950’s. He retired from Ford Motor Company plant in Claycomo, Missouri after 27 years of service.
Charles pitched for the Chicago Cubs farm team, and tried out for the Chicago Cubs in 1949, receiving a certificate of Commendation. During the 1980’s he enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the kids at the Whatsoever Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Charles was united in marriage to Thelma Nadine Hett on September 4, 1948. Charles was devoted to his faith in Jesus. He served as a Deacon of the Coon Creek Baptist Church in Collins since 1998.