Obit: Ralph Duffe


Ralph George Duffe, 93, of Moscow, Iowa, died Friday, April 30, 2021, at Wilton Retirement Community. A funeral service was held May 4 at United Methodist Church of Wilton. Visitation was held prior to the service. Burial took place in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton.

Memorials may be given to the Wilton United Methodist Church or the Durant-Wilton Food Pantry. Condolences may be left at

Ralph was born on May 29, 1927, the son of George and Lena (Hucke) Duffe on the family farm in Moscow. He married the love of his life, Margaret Ann Hendriks, on Nov. 7, 1948 in Wilton.

Ralph farmed in Muscatine and Cedar counties, until retiring in 1974. After retirement, Ralph enjoyed carpentry, trips to Menards and traveling with his wife. He was a man of faith, and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Wilton. Ralph was also a member of the Wilton Masonic Lodge #167, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Ralph and Margaret also enjoyed square dancing, roller skating and treasured spending time with their family.

Ralph will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 72 years, Margaret; five sons, David (Carol) Duffe of Moscow, Ronald (Debra) Duffe of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Allan (Julie) Duffe of Wilton, Gary (Joy) Duffe of Moscow and Steven Duffe of Moscow; former daughter-in-law, Patty Blakley-Duffe of Iowa City; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren; one great-grandson due in mid May; and many nieces and nephews

Ralph was reunited in heaven with his parents; four sisters, Irene Barclay, Hazel Schroeder, Elnora Showalter and Leona Hagge; and one brother, Roy Duffe; one brother-in-law, William “Bill” Hendriks.

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