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Emery Laurence Duffy

November 14, 1930 ~ November 5, 2018 (age 87)

Emery Laurence Duffy, 87, of Crystal Lake, was born November 14, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, IA to Joseph P. and Laura (nee Schulte) Duffy. He passed away peacefully on Monday, November 5, 2018 in McHenry.

Emery was a devoted family man and well-known attorney in McHenry County. Emery enlisted in the Air Force in 1951, fought in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Master Sergeant. During his service he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He started his law practice in Savannah, GA in 1960 alongside his brother, attorney Robert Duffy. Emery moved to Illinois in 1971 to be closer to his wife’s parents and his mother, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. He practiced law in Crystal Lake until his retirement.

Emery is survived by his adored wife of 61 years, Nancy C. (nee Fischer) Duffy; his beloved children Stephen (Mary) Duffy, Kathleen (Paul) Massat, and David (Ellen) Duffy; his beloved grandchildren Erin Duffy, Matthew Duffy, Daniel Massat, Grace Massat, Jennifer Duffy, Jonathan Duffy, and Michael Duffy; and his dear sister, Alta (the late James) Cook.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings Elizabeth (Bud) Larson, Robert (Mary) Duffy, and Charles (Joyce) Duffy.

A visitation will be held from 8am-10am, Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Immediately following, Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30am, Saturday, at St. Thomas the Apostle, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org.


Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/


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