Donald Wayne Duff , 81, of Lebanon, died Thursday, Nov. 29, at Homewood Healthcare Campus in Lebanon. Donald was born April 15, 1931 in Lebanon. His parents were William and Blanche (Hunt) Duff.
Donald graduated from Pinnell High School in 1949. He married Carolyn Sue Patterson Nov. 19, 1952, at her home place in Jamestown. They have a daughter, Charlotte; son-in-law, Brian Kidd and two grandsons, Brandon and Jared Kidd.
Donald lived on the Duff homestead farm most of his life, except for when he served two years in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957, and after selling the farm in 2010 he resided at Homewood Health Campus. His parents lived on the farm for 41 years before retiring in Lebanon. He bought the farm from them and he and his brothers worked together on the farm. Donald raised cattle, pigs and chickens in the early years and then raised grain of corn, soybeans and wheat. He worked for Solomon Farm Supply in New Brunswick from 1965-1967. He then bought a semi and started hauling grain for Maurice Stipe of Danville from 1967-1973. When Maurice retired, Donald purchased the business and his wife, Carolyn, was the secretary for the business.
Donald started playing the fiddle in 1943 when he was 12 years old. Walter Harmon was his teacher. Donald played in many different groups throughout the years; Boone County Boys, Duff Family and Friends, and Straight Street Band. He enjoyed playing a mixture of bluegrass, mountain and gospel music at churches, nursing homes, bluegrass festivals, county and state fairs, and at business parties. He also taught others to play the fiddle, the mandolin and the guitar. His wife Carolyn, daughter Charlotte, son-in-law Brian, brothers Lawrence and Raymond and a few other family members all played together at various times. His family was truly an old-time family bluegrass band and made many lasting memories together.
In 2004 Donald donated some of his instruments and family historical material to a permanent rotating display at the Thorntown Museum.
Donald was a lifelong member of the News Brunswich Church of Christ. He loved and honored God throughout his life.
The family would like to thank Homewood Health Care Campus and Vistacare Hospice for the excellent care and love they provided for Donald during his time there; we love you all!
He is survived by his wife; daughter Charlotte (Brian) Kidd of Lebanon; grandsons Brandon and Jared Kidd of Lebanon and brother, Raymond. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lawrence.
Family and friends will gather on Monday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jim Coyle officiating in the Strawmyer and Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Donald will be laid to rest in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. You are invited to visit the website www.strawmyerdrury.com where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message.