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Robert J. Duquaine

Robert J. Duquaine, 82, of Marquette, passed away Thursday, March 13 at his home in the care of his family and caregivers of U.P. Home Health and Hospice.

Born May 21, 1931, son of Roland and Edith (Barras) Duquaine, he was raised in Marinette and graduated from Marinette High School in 1949. He entered the United States Air Force in 1950, serving basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, with duty assignments and technical schooling in Cheyenne, Wyo. and Langley Field, Va. On his 21st birthday, he deployed overseas on a troop ship and was sent to England for 32 months during the Korean Conflict. He received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged in 1954. Returning home, he enrolled in the Milwaukee School of Engineering and on completion went to work for his father in the refrigeration-heating business. He married Kay Landerman in September 1955 and the couple moved to Marquette in 1959, where he purchased Holbrook Refrigeration. He owned and operated Duquaine Refrigeration and Heating, retiring in 1990.

He enjoyed golfing and enjoyed working with young people. He received the Peter Bloukos Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 for teaching young people to golf. His interests included being a Green Bay Packer fan, cooking, especially on the grill, barbecuing for family and friends using produce and spices from his gardens. He was a fan of NMU sports, watching NMU Volleyball and Wildcat Hockey. He enjoyed the Lake, lunches at Picnic Rocks, and watching the ore boats come and go. After retirement, he had time to golf, plow in winter, treat out of town guests to golf at Grey Walls and attend school sports events and concerts his grandchildren took part in. He was involved in the Marquette Community, belonging to many organizations including Rotary and the American Legion. In 1997, he won the Heart Victor of the Year Award from the American Heart Association.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Kay; his children, Cindy (Ron) Reynolds, Karen, Nancy, Mark (Michelle) and Laurie (Dan Hadden); eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; an aunt and uncle, Marge and Les Monte and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Cheryl; a sister, LaVerne; a brother-in-law, Gordon Durocher; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Louise Landerman and Edward Landerman and a sister-in-law, Val Miller.

Friends called at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Monday, March 17 from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. Rev. Leon Jarvis presided with burial in the Holy Cross Cemetery.


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