Wilfred L. Duchette
Wilfred L. (Duch) Duchette, 91, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Maine Veterans' Home in South Paris, Maine.
Duch was born in Mechanic Falls on June 17, 1921, son of Wilfred and Blanche (Davis) Duchette. He was educated in Mechanic Falls schools, graduating in the Class of 1940.
He married his only true love, the former June Paine, on June 4, 1942. They moved from Oxford to Norway where with help from their family they built their own home and resided there for 63 years until June’s passing in 2010.
Wilfred joined the Army on Oct. 5, 1942 and was honorably discharged on Jan. 25, 1945. He served as a Military Police Officer during WWII in the African Campaign. He received the Eamet Ribbon with a bronze star and the Good Conduct Medal.
He worked at Wilner Wood Products for 18 years, at Daniel’s & Damon Laundry Service and Norway Laundry for 7 years, Twin Town Bowling Alley, Metropolitan Life Insurance as an insurance agent for 15 years, where he earned several awards before retiring in 1984. At some point in his life, he was a car salesman for Bessey Motors and Harold’s Motors.
He was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Church where he served for many years as an usher. He was a member of the Norway American Legion, Post 82 and was very proud to be a member of the group that met at Wal-Mart for morning coffee to straighten out the world.
Duch will always be remembered for his love and dedication to his family, for his love of people and for his great sense of humor.
He is survived by his three children, Pamela Tikkanen and husband Glenn of Norway, Cheryl Burnham and husband Guy of Bethel, David Duchette and wife Patricia of Windham; grandchildren, Nisa Noble of South Paris, Eric Tikkanen and wife Melissa of Georgia, Krista Clay and husband Gary of Virginia, Alyssa Morrison and husband Peter of Oxford, Denise Eliot-Pruett and husband Jonathan of Waterford, John Eliot Jr. and wife Tania of Bethel, Dawn-Marie Eliot-Johnson and husband Chris of Bryant Pond, Katharine Duchette of Portland and Anna Duchette of Portland; great-grandchildren, Tiffany Noble and partner Joel of Norway, Travis Noble and wife Wendy of South Paris, DJ Noble of South Paris, Jordan, Morgan and Alexis Tikkanen of Georgia, Brieanna, Gary and Kobe Clay of Virginia, Tres’ and Caleb Morrison of Oxford, Dustin Edwards and Jonny Pruett of Waterford, Joshua and Makenzie Eliot of Bethel; great-great grandchildren, Wyatt and Isabelle Knightly of Norway, Abigail and Taylor Truman of Norway, Sophia Noble of South Paris; brothers, Carl and wife Nancy of Poland, Ramon and wife Jackie of Mechanic Falls; brother-in-law, William Scalon of New York and Otisfield; and very special nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents; a twin brother; brothers, Pearl and Arthur; sisters, Helen Perry, Arlene Pryor, Pauline Wilson, Lena Scanlon and great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Eliot.
We are deeply grateful to the staff of the Maine Veterans' Home in South Paris for their loving and wonderful care given to Duch over the last two years and to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice during his final days.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oxford Hills and Weston Funeral Services, 1037 Main Street, Oxford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Norway followed by graveside services with Military honors at Riverside Cemetery on King Street in Oxford. Donations may be made to the Maine Veterans' Home Activity Fund, 477 High Street, South Paris, ME 04281. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com