Saturday, April 20, 2019

Raymond Bertrans Duff, 83, Kasson

Raymond Bertrand Duff, age 83, of Kasson passed away Friday, Oct. 26 at 6:50 p.m. surrounded by family. 

He was born on June 29,1935 to Roscoe and Harriett (Cook) Duff of Scranton, Iowa, the oldest of three boys. Raymond lived in Kasson, for the past 21 years. Previously he lived in Rochester, Leroy, and near McIntire/Riceville, Charles City, and Scranton, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife Betty and five daughters, Susan Deike (Alvin) of Mason City, Linda Olson (Ronald) of Kasson, Cynthia Freerksen of Chetek, Wis., Karen Duff of Kasson, and Sheryl Barlow of Rochester. Raymond had 10 grandchildren,12 great-grandchildren, a brother Leslie, and a cat, Diva, who adored him.

Raymond graduated from Scranton High School where he “noticed,” as he put it, a cheerleader, Betty Jo Silence. Five daughters and 64 years later Betty is still his cheerleader.

Raymond farmed most of his working life in central and northern Iowa; hogs, a few beef cattle, chickens, and crop farming. The absence of sons did not slow down the operating of the family farms; Raymond taught his daughters to run equipment, tend fields and care for livestock, however, sons-in-law were put to work once they joined the family. Raymond transitioned careers in the mid-80s and worked in the ag industry (Koch Ag in Leroy) then moved to Rochester to manage condominium complexes.

Raymond was known as a very hard worker but also loved to play. He played cards and board games with his family and never missed a daughter’s sporting event. He and Betty were quite the square dancers in their day and often traveled to square dance conventions with their friends. Raymond was an avid woodworker. Several of his handcrafted wooden toys are in the hands of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous other children across the region. He was also a gamer. Raymond loved to play Tetris and Dr. Mario on original Nintendo. He played up to a week before his passing and was quite good!  Ray and Betty were very active and dedicated to the United Methodist Church.

Raymond, known for his incredible wit, social skills, and pleasant personality, was the life of any gathering.

Raymond now joins those who went before him including his parents, a brother, Jim, son-in-law, Don, and twin grandsons, Kevin and Kyle.

The celebration of Raymond’s life was held on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Kasson United Methodist Church with Pastor Jacob Hanson officiating.  Lunch followed.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Kasson handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at  


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