Donald Duffy

Donald Joseph Duffy

Monday, June 3rd, 1940 - Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
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A Funeral Mass for Donald J. Duffy, age 80, of O’Neill, NE will be 10:30 am Friday, January 29, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in O’Neill with Rev. Bernard Starman officiating. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed at Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery. Visitation will be at Biglin’s Mortuary on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4-8 pm with a 7 pm Parish Rosary. Don suffered a stroke and went to be with our Lord on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE, surrounded by his family. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Schools for a scholarship in Don’s name. Arrangements are entrusted to Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill.

Don was born on June 3, 1940 in Dixon, Nebraska to Alta and James. He was the youngest of four children. After graduating in 1958 from Laurel High School, Don met Mary Jean Mannion who would become ‘the love of his life’. The two met at the Laurel Bowling Alley in 1964 where friends agreed “He’s a pretty good-looking guy for a red head”. Don and Mary were married on August 20, 1966 and made their home in Laurel. Their daughter Susan was born in 1970 and the following year the young family moved to O’Neill where they quickly became active in St. Patrick’s Church and Don pursued his career with UPS. Their son David was born in 1973. Both Susan and David graduated from St. Mary’s High School in O'Neill, NE. The Duffy family have great memories of summers swimming in O’Neill pools, trips with cousins to Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun, and canoeing on the Niobrara River. In the winter, Don often took Susan and David snowmobiling on Holt County pastureland.

Don became a grandfather for the first time in 1989 with the birth of his granddaughter Samantha Asher. His grandson, Spencer Asher, was born in 1991 and a second granddaughter, Skylar, in 1997. Don has been their beloved ‘Papa Duffy’ ever since! He loved being with his grandchildren in Waverly, NE and watching them participate in their many activities including golf, trap shooting, football, and dance.

Don retired from UPS in 1999 after 29 years of dedicated service. He drove a familiar route throughout Holt and Rock Counties delivering packages and making many friends along the way.

Don was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was devoted to the work, message, and members of local chapters. Most importantly, Don valued his time at Valley Hope where he impacted many lives through his compassion and service. He will be greatly missed!

Don loved golfing! He especially loved golfing with Mary in tournaments around the area. Don was also an avid fisherman and hunter. He especially enjoyed hunting with his childhood friend who was disabled. When Don wasn’t on the golf course, you could often find him in the St. Mary’s gym cheering on the Cardinals. He was their biggest fan!

Most recently, Papa Duffy loved spending time with his great-grandchildren, Claire and Callum Penas, ages 5 and 2. Oh how they have made him laugh! He especially enjoyed watching the O’Neill St. Patrick’s Day Parade with them and was beginning to share his love for the game of golf. Papa Duffy will always be remembered for his generosity, loyalty, and hearty laugh. Above all, he will be remembered as a devoted and loving family man and a person who lived by faith and prayer.

Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Duffy of O’Neill; daughter, Susan Asher (Kirby Adamson) of Waverly, NE; grandchildren, Samantha (Josh) Penas and their children Claire and Callum of Waverly, NE, Spencer Asher of Bennet, NE, and Skylar Asher of Lincoln, NE; sister, Theresa Hirschman of Sioux City, IA; and nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Don is preceded in death by his son David who passed in 1990; his parents, Alta and James; and brothers, Jack and Bernard Duffy.

Don was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Biglin's Mortuary
    111 N. 3th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 7:00pm
    Biglin's Mortuary
    111 N 3th Street
    O'Neill, Nebraska 68763
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Don's Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 29th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, January 29th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    826 E. Benton Street
    O'Neill, Nebraska 68763
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    Father Bernard Starman


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Aleenia Du Plooy

Posted at 10:20pm
Don was an amazing person always their for you when you needed to talk and he always had the greatest advice. I met him when I was 5 years old and always enjoyed seeing his smile when he came up and talked to me he helped my mom get through AA and I was always at the meetings with my mom and always seen Don he was like a father figure to me and my brother Nick he will definitely be missed

Bill Widhalm

Posted at 02:07pm
To the family of Don Duffy...
...The two met at the Laurel Bowling Alley in 1964 where friends agreed, “He’s a pretty good-looking guy for a red head.”.......
When I read this about Don Duffy, I knew he was the 'Don Duffy' of our 1960's, 5th Army Reserve-809th Quartermaster Unit of Norfolk.
Of course, we all referred to him as 'Duffy!' He was a fun, very popular member of our platoon group!
From all of your fellow Army troops...RIP, Duffy!!
Bill Widhalm

Rita and Bob Sparr

Posted at 02:52pm
I have so many memories of Good times with Don and Mary. This tree will bring many years of tribute to a wonderful man.
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Bev Ratkovec & families

Posted at 12:31am
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband, dad and papa. I know he was very loved and will be greatly missed. Hugs & prayers for all!
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Louise Sparks

Posted at 10:53pm
Mary and have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I know Don will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Louise Sparks

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