MONONA-Robert J. “Bob” Duffey, age 73, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013, after a valiant battle with cancer and Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease.

Bob was born on Jan. 18, 1940, in Dodgeville, the son of Ralph and Lorene (Burreson) Duffey.

He graduated from Barneveld High School in 1957 and moved to Madison. Bob met his wife and forever love, Karen L. Dybdal in Madison. They were married on Aug. 12, 1961, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a mass and blessing at Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Monona, by Father Bart Timmerman, and would have celebrated 52 years in August, 2013.

Bob and Karen have two wonderful sons, Randy and Ron, and two granddaughters, Jacqueline and Jessica, all of whom they love very much.

Bob worked for the State of Wisconsin Highway Department for 37 years. He enjoyed playing euchre, and after retiring, Bob played in many local euchre tournaments. He also loved football, especially the Green Bay Packers and the Badgers.

Bob is survived by his wife and best friend, Karen; loving sons, Randy of New York and Ron (Patricia) of Georgia; two loving grandchildren, Jacqueline and Jessica of New York; sisters, Boni (Wayne) Kuenzi of Madison, and Debra (Randy) Dunn of East Troy; brothers, James Duffey of Madison, and Gregory (Shirley) Duffey of Barneveld; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen; and niece, Toni. Bob will be dearly missed by all of those who knew him and loved him.

Our family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, and Agrace HospiceCare for their wonderful and loving care throughout these last months.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield St., Monona, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. A Rosary will be prayed at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 4 p.m. followed by visitation until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish in Monona, Dane County Humane Society, or Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue for the love of Bob’s pets.

A special thank you goes out to all our friends at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Father John Silva, Father Bart Timmerman, and Kathy Marshall. Also, a very special thank you goes to friends and family for all the prayers. Nothing can ever take away the love a heart holds dear. Fond memories linger every day. Remembrance keeps them near always. Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. We will always love you.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Dr.
(608) 221-5420

Visitation:
A Rosary will be prayed at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 4 p.m. followed by visitation until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

Service:
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield St., Monona, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.