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Norbert W. Duray, Sr. 94 of Whiting passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at his residence. he was the beloved husband for 60 years to the late Helen Duray (nee Wajda) who passed away June 19, 2013; loving father of Kathleen Duray, late Norbert (Lenore) Duray, II, Michele Rohrman, Anita (Rex) Clark and Judith (Donald) Starkey; cherished grandfather of Norbert Duray, III, Thomas (Stephanie) Duray, Brittany and Caitie Rohrman; adoring great grandpa of Elise and Genevieve Duray; dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Kandalec and four brothers, John, Rev. Louis G., Andrew and Joseph Duray.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 10:30am at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting; a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting with the Rev. Mark R. Peres, C.PP.S., officiating; interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond; visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00pm; members of the parish will offer prayers at the funeral home on Friday at 6:30pm. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
Norb Duray was born on August 26, 1929, in the home he lived his entire life in, to John and Mary Duray and was a lifelong resident of Whiting. He was a graduate of Marmion Military Academy, Aurora, Illinois, Class of 1947 and attended Ivy Tech to earn his fire science degree. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union, BR. 198, the Knights of Columbus Pope John XXIII Council 1696 (prayers, Friday at 5:30pm) and was a life member of the Roosevelt Club. Norb retired as a Captain from the Whiting Fire Dept., with a service of 20 years and was the retired Fire Chief of the LTV Steel Company, East Chicago, with a service of 20 years. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. Devoted to his family, Norb will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1849 Lincoln Ave., Whiting, IN 46394, would be appreciated.