MOUNT VERNON — Leslie Bennett Duffey, 91, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Logan, died Saturday morning, April 19, 2008, at Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon.
Mr. Duffey was born Dec. 21, 1916, in Union Furnace, Ohio. He was the son of Hugh E. and Florence Bennett Duffey. Leslie lived in Hocking County all of his life until moving to Mount Vernon in 2005. He was a 1934 graduate of Logan High School. He retired as a master carpenter in 1982. Mr. Duffey was a member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Logan. In Mount Vernon he attended the Gay Street United Methodist Church and attended the Varsity Sunday School Class. He also was a member of Mingo Lodge 171 F&AM, Logan; the American Rose Society, of which he was a consulting Rosarian; Columbus Men’s Rose Club, and a life member of the Lancaster Rose Club. For many years he was an avid rose grower and exhibitor throughout Ohio. His other hobbies included gardening, fine woodworking, fishing and other outdoor sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Leslie is survived by his wife of almost 71 years, Louise Rathburn Duffey, whom he married May 8, 1937, in Catlettsburg, Ky.; also surviving are daughter, Doris (Elmore) Beale of Galion; son, Ronald (Sally) Duffey of Gahanna; five grandsons, Scott (Melanie) Duffey of Van Buren, Ark., Mark (Gina) Duffey of Zionsville, Ind., David (Jenny) Beale of Powell, Steven Beale of Hilliard and Brian (Jamie) Beale of Augusta, Mich.; 15 great-grandchildren.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy (Duffey) Eckhart.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 66 E. Hunter St., Logan, with the Rev. Gerald Frazee officiating. Burial will be at the Smith Chapel Cemetery, Logan. Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home in Logan and one hour prior to the service at the church. Masonic memorial service will be held today at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 66 E. Hunter St., Logan, OH 43138. Letters of condolence may be sent to this family at the Web site: www.brownfuneralservice.com.