John George Duffin, 82 of Champaign passed away at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday July 3, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was born January 24, 1937 in Paxton, a son of Robert and Florence Cleary Duffin.
He graduated from Paxton Community High School in 1955, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Adult Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Extension Education from the University of Illinois. He was employed by Waller Buick Company from 1955 to 1959. In 1959 he was hired by the University of Illinois College of Agriculture Department of Cooperative Extension. He worked there in the study of evaluation and reporting under the direction of Dr. D. M. Hall. After Dr. Hall’s retirement, Mr. Duffin was in charge of USDA reports for the Cooperative Extension Service.
Later the USDA installed the State Extension Management Information System and he worked under the direction of Emil Mosser in the collecting of information from the Extension staff and submitting final reports to the USDA. In 1998 Mr. Duffin was appointed to Extension Specialist of Computer Education and transferred to the office of ILLENET Unit of Training under the direction of Linda Bair and Dr. Robert Bentz. He enjoyed greatly working with the field staff and held many training workshops across the state. He also maintained and presented many training offerings on software in the Extension training workshop. Several times Mr. Duffin presented lectures for the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and the Society of Veterinarians. He was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture in 1990.
Mr. Duffin married Karen Noueie on January 14, 1961 at Beaverville. He is survived by his wife, Karen, a daughter, Nina Renee Duffin Kramer (Mike) of Thornton, CO, a son, Reese Duffin of Urbana, two grandchildren, Katelyn and Justin Kramer of Thornton, CO and a sister Madeline Francis. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers; Jim, Gene and Paul.
A funeral mass will be at11:00 a.m. Thursday July 11 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 708 W. Main St., Urbana, Rev. Father Remigius Bukuru will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory, 1900 Philo Rd., Urbana.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked for memorial contributions be made to the Crisis Nursery, Urbana, the Champaign County Humane Society or St. Patrick Catholic Church. Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com
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