MARQUETTE, MI. - Robert J. Duquaine, age 82, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at his home, in the loving care of his family and caregivers of U.P. Home Health and Hospice.
Bob was born May 21, 1931 in Marinette, Wisconsin, the son of Roland and Edith (Barras) Duquaine. He was raised in Marinette and graduated from Marinette High School in 1949. He entered the US Air Force in 1950, serving basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, with duty assignments and technical schooling in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Langley Field, VA.
On his 21st birthday, Bob deployed overseas on a troop ship and was sent to England for 32 months during the Korean Conflict. He received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged in 1954.
Robert J. Duquaine
Returning home, Bob enrolled in the Milwaukee School of Engineering and on completion went to work for his father in the refrigeration-heating business. He married Kay Landerman in September 1955 and the couple moved to Marquette in 1959, where Bob purchased Holbrook Refrigeration. For several years, he owned and operated Duquaine Refrigeration and Heating, retiring in 1990.
Bob was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed working with young people. He received the Peter Bloukos Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 for his countless hours in teaching young people to golf.
Bob's other interests included being an avid Green Bay Packer fan, a love of cooking, especially on the grill, barbecuing for family and friends, often using the produce from his gardens, usually tomatoes, garlic, and spices. He was a fan of NMU sports, watching NMU Volleyball and Wildcat Hockey, trying never to miss a hockey game. Bob enjoyed the Lake, lunches at Picnic Rocks, and watching the ore boats come and go.
Following retirement, he had more time to devote to golf, plowing in the winter, and attending school sports events and concerts in which his grandchildren were taking part.
He also had more time to treat out of town guests to....golf, at his beloved Grey Walls. Bob was very involved in the Marquette Community and he belonged to many organizations including Rotary and the American Legion. In 1997, he won the Heart Victor of the Year Award from the American Heart Association.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Kay; his children, Cindy (Ron) Reynolds, Karen, Nancy, Mark (Michelle), and Laurie (Dan Hadden); eight grandchildren, Kaylee, Brenden, and Eli Duquaine, Ryan and Eric Stark, Ron (Carrie) Reynolds, Amber (Kevin) Carriere, Phillip Robinson; step-grandchildren, Heather and Curtis Marker; five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Addie, and Louis Carriere, Gabriella and Anthony Stark; aunt and uncle, Marge and Les Monte; several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Cheryl; sister, LaVerne; brother-in-law, Gordon Durocher; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Louise Landerman and Edward Landerman; and sister-in-law, Val Miller.
Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Monday, March 17, beginning at 4:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside and burial will be made in the Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral home.com