Frank Duffek

Died: February 22, 2019
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Frank Peter Duffek, age 89, born March 9, 1929, of Endicott, NY, passed away with his family at his side on February 22, 2019.
Frank was the son of Czechoslovakian immigrants, the late Frank P. and Elizabeth Duffek. At the age of 17, he left school to join the United States Naval Air Force where he was a Flight Engineer, 2nd Class during World War II. In July 2001, he was presented with an Honorary High School Diploma from Union Endicott High School. After serving his Country Frank was a well-know mechanic in the Endicott area for 25+ years. Frank’s family operated Duffek’s Dragway in Owego, NY. Once retired, Frank’s zest for life included; carpentry, beef farming, snowmobiling, bee keeping, gardening, canning and football. His true passions were hunting and fishing, not a hunting season passed that he did not get a deer on opening day. He truly lived the American Dream.
Frank was known as the “General” to all of his friends. His special fishing spots will now remain a secret with him. Frank was always willing to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it and touched the lives of many people. He was a teacher and a mentor to his family. Frank is one more from the World’s Greatest Generation to pass away. He will be truly missed.
Frank was an active long standing member of the American Legion Post 1700 (71 years), the VFW and the Sons of Italy in Endicott, NY.
Frank was predeceased by his brothers Fred, John and Joe Duffek and sisters Mary Andrews and Betty (Elizabeth) Shuta. Frank is survived by his wife of 66 years, Donna B. (Coyne) Duffek. His children Roxanne (Bill) Tennant of New Milford, PA., Jeanette (George) Fondren of Indian Trail, NC, Shelly (John) Stoddard of Maine, NY, Frank Jr. (Lorie Fallon) Duffek of Endwell, NY, Chris (Michelle) Duffek of Newark Valley, NY., Tim and (Judy) Duffek of Endicott, NY, Dawne (Lenny) Perfetti of Endicott, NY. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Millie Breckner, Frances Neschleba, Jenny (Frank) Juodaitis, Margaret (John) Smith, brother Steve (Pat) Duffek, and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Hoda and his staff in Binghamton, NY. Also the Syracuse VA Medical Center and Lourdes Hospice for the excellent and passionate care given to Frank over the last few months.
The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Thursday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank’s name to Syracuse VA Medical Center, “Attn: Voluntary Service, 1516 Wish List”, 800 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.

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Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Allen Memorial Home


511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

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Riverhurst Cemetery


2500 East Main Street, Endicott, NY, 13760

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Died: February 22, 2019

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Ginny Blythe posted on 3/7/19

So sorry to hear of your loss.Sending prayers your way!


Ginny Blythe posted on 3/7/19

So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all and sending you love, hugs and prayers!


Sharon Orlowski posted on 3/2/19

Jeanette I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. He sounded like the perfect Dad. I know he will be missed greatly. You and your family will be in my prayers. Sending you love and hugs. When you get back home I want to come visit you.


Steven Neschleba posted on 2/28/19

I remember years ago Uncle Frank letting me pal around with him when I was a kid , go for coffee and make the rounds, go to the auction, or wherever. It was long ago but great memories. Steven


Jacquelin posted on 2/28/19

Dawne and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love.


Janet Race posted on 2/27/19

Frank: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Janet Race and family


Tom Nasoni posted on 2/27/19

In memory of Frank Duffek, Tom Nasoni lit a candle


Tom Nasoni posted on 2/27/19

I am so sorry to hear about Franks passing He was a great man kind in his own way I remember the way he drank his coffee with just the tinyest drop of creamer He will be remember by many my sincere condolences to the family


Barbara Wilcox posted on 2/27/19

Fran and Steve, I am so sorry to learn of your brother, Frank's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Diane Andrews posted on 2/27/19

I am so sad for your loss. My heart goes out to all of the family.


Aileen Manuel-Duffek posted on 2/27/19

My prayers and condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. ❤️🙏


Niki Coyne posted on 2/26/19

My heart goes out to all of you. Uncle Frank was larger than life. Visiting your home was always a magical and mysterious adventure for this city girl from CA. I'll continue to cherish my memories of Frank in his garden, at the dinner table and sharing those incomparable pickles. Sending love and light all your ways. <3 <3 <3


Chris Shaner posted on 2/26/19

I am truly sorry for your loss... to the entire Duffek family, he will be missed by so many.💔💔💔


John and Kathy Starring posted on 2/26/19

So sorry to hear of your father's passing...our thoughts and prayers are with the Duffek families during this sad time. R.I.P. Frank...paying our respect from Phoenix, AZ.


Jim Spatafora posted on 2/26/19

In memory of Frank Duffek, Jim Spatafora lit a candle


Jim Spatafora posted on 2/26/19

Very sad to see one of the men of the greatest generation pass away. Frank was truly a mans man, and I admired him He will be missed by the many people that he touched through the years, and his presence at the Endicott Sons of Italy will be missed.