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Official Obituary of

John C DuQuin

February 16, 1938 ~ August 17, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

John DuQuin Obituary

John Curtis DuQuin who resided in Gig Harbor, Washington passed away on August 17 2023, in Seattle Washington.

He was born in Brookville, PA on February 16, 1938. He is the son of William Joseph and Emma Lucille (Allshouse) DuQuinn. His parents preceded him in 1952 (William Joseph) and 1993 (Emma Lucille).

John married his beautiful wife Wilda “Willie” in Tacoma, Washington on May 3, 1965. Willie preceded John in 1999.

When John married Willie, he took her five children as his own and raised them to become honest, intelligent, empathetic, and loving individuals. They have all helped change our world; some dedicating their life to our country, some in professional, management, and entrepreneurial areas and are all accomplished, established individuals. John was so very proud of all of them and loved boasting about their accomplishments and accolades!

His five children left behind are: Terry (Sophie), Tony (Elizabeth), Brad, Wanda, and Charles (Toi).

He also leaves behind grandchildren Jessica, Lindsey (who preceded him in death), Gabriel, Sky, and Sean. His great-grandchildren Alex and Ella. Another child, Laura found her birth mother (Willie) and was welcomed into the family by John. Even though John did not raise Laura as his own, he treated her as an equal. This act of inclusion speaks highly to the morals and values of this amazing man!

John also leaves behind two sisters Gloria and Lee, many nieces and nephews and a very devoted, loyal, and long-time friend Nancy.

John entered the Army as a young man ready and willing to serve his country. He retired in 1978 as a Chief Warrant Officer He served his country with honor, pride, and diligence. During his career he traveled to many parts of our world. John served as an Armament Repair Technician and an Artillery Maintenance Foreman. His exemplary and meticulous work ethic won him many awards, certifications, and accolades.

Some of the prestigious honors bestowed upon John were Two Army Bronze Stars (with First Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal as well as others.

After John’s military career he took on government contracted jobs with companies where his knowledge, expertise, and work ethic were put to good use to help others around the world.

Those preceding him in death in addition to his parents, his wife (Willie), and granddaughter (Lindsey),

are siblings Duke, Ann, Kathryn, and Jim.

John truly embodied the phase “Give unto others…”

John always took care of his loved ones. He not only took care of his immediate family but also his entire family. He made sure his mother had whatever she needed as she fought Breast Cancer for five years before she passed. He was always there for his mother and siblings from the time he went into the Army.

After retirement he opened his home to his sister after her husband passed away; going so far as to add a room in his home when she could no longer get up and down the stairs. He has always been giving and generous to his siblings, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He donated to any foundation, fundraiser, or charity that helped any Military Service man or woman. He was a proud and dedicated Veteran of the United States of America!

He belonged to the FOE in Gig Harbor where he spent many an evening playing cards and enjoying the company of fellow members.

John kept in touch with his children and siblings and always enjoyed times with them. His computer was his lifeline as it was his connection to his family friends scattered across the United States. His Saturday group calls with his sisters and Nancy were quite special. For the past several years before John’s passing this group call became crucial as our family lost two sisters, a brother-in-law , and a brother in a short time span. These live chats were filled with reminiscing about times gone by, shared laughter, and tears, and many prayers of comfort for each other.

John’s remains were handled by the Neptune Society of Tacoma Washington. His daughter Wanda, son Charles, and grandson Alex will escort his remains Home to Pennsylvania. Arrangements will be provided by Shumaker Funeral Home of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. A graveside Military Funeral Service will be held on April 9, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Knoxdale Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Knoxdale, Pennsylvania. John’s nephew Pastor Mike Shreckengost will officiate the service. Any and all Military personnel will be welcome to attend this service for this Accomplished Military Veteran!

Memorial donations may be made to any Military Charity of your choice in honor of John.

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