Obituary: John Duquette, 87, of Ludington

October 26, 2022

John Duquette

Obituary: John Duquette, 87, of Ludington

John Maurice Duquette, 87, of Ludington, formally of Holland, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2022. 

John was born in Manistique on September 25, 1935, the son of Henry and Pearl (Salter) Duquette. After attending Manistique High School, John joined the U.S. Air Force in 1953, during the Korean War. He was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, until he was honorably discharged in 1957. 

On June 2, 1990, John married Joanne (Masten) Duquette. They shared 42 wonderful years together, 32 of them married.

John was employed at Donnelly Corporation in Holland where he held multiple positions. Later in his career, he was appointed manufacturing manager for four of the facilities in Holland. After 35 years, he retired in June of 1993.

John was involved in the American Legion, Amvets, and SnoDusters Snowmobile Club, and was a Boy Scout leader. 

John lived life to the fullest and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and snowmobiler most of his life. John was infamous enough that his family needed three names to describe him: John, Jack, or Mud were interchangeably used so often that newcomers to the family thought he was three different people. He spent many years back in the Upper Peninsula, both in Manistique and by the Porcupine Mountains at “hunt camp” and then loved his property out on the Lincoln River east of Ludington where he could hunt and entertain family and friends.  

John and his wife Joanne were able to share almost 20 years of retirement together and took advantage of that time to travel extensively.  He loved to RV and they visited most of the national parks, cruised often and spent the last 16 winters in the same Riverside RV Resort where they also made incredible friendships that he treasured. But most of all, he loved family with all his heart.  

He was born the last of 13 children (baby John) into a loving, fun-loving, close, and loud family that still gathers often and loves deeply with multiple generations staying connected and close.   He was a man with a big heart and would do anything for those he loved.  He was famous for his sayings, including “Once a Yooper, always a Yooper!!

John is survived by his wife, Joanne Masten Duquette; children: Betty Jo Duquette, John Jr. (Leslie) Duquette, and Tim  Duquette (Nali); and stepdaughter, Jennifer (Eric) Truszkowski; his sister, Betty Lasich; and in-laws, Martha Duquette, Gary and Pat Engblade, and Frank and Judy Lee; grandchildren:  Jenny (Justin) Hedberg, Jeremy (Iuni) Sandberg, Jeffrey Sandberg, Katie Sandberg and Sarahfey Sandberg, Jared (Nicole) Duquette, Jillian (Matt) Kirouac, Madi Duquette, Johnny Duquette, Braeden Duquette, Rachel (David) North, Timmy Duquette, Brooke Truskowski, (Ted Eppinga),  Cole Truszkowski, Zack Truszkowski and Emily Truszkowski; great-grandchildren:  Vito Bennardo, Emilie and Alastor Duquette, Theo and Huck North, Norah and Hudson Duquette; and many nephews and nieces too numerous to list.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Pearl Duquette; brothers, Leon (Bibi), William, Don, Richard (Carol), and Jim (Sharon); and sisters, Cecelia (Ike) Pawley, Dorothy (John) Tellinger and Lois (Elroy) Gregurash.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you consider donations to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society or the hospice of your choice.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.OakGroveLudington.com.

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