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Roy Albert Duff

Roy Albert Duff, age 97, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and former Shelby resident, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Liberty Heights Assisted Living in Colorado Springs.


Roy and his late wife, Margaret, moved to Colorado Springs in the 1990s to be closer to their only daughter, Sandra.


Roy was born June 28, 1918 in Canton, Ohio, the son of the late Charlotte M. “Lottie” (Bandush) and Roy A. Duff, Sr. He was a graduate of Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio. On February 9, 1941, Roy married the former Margaret E. Wagner and she preceded him in death on May 21, 2013.


Roy joined his father in business and was the owner of Duff’s Shoe Store, originally in Willard and later in downtown Shelby, which operated for 44 years. For the majority of his life, specifically 1938-1998, he was an active Ham Radio operator with the license W8SAG .He enjoyed talking with Ham Radio operators worldwide and mostly worked Morse code but sometimes phone. Roy enjoyed traveling with his wife, Margaret, and together they took several trips to Europe to visit their daughter, Sandra, and her family while they resided there. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Shelby.


Roy is survived by his daughter: Sandra Ensman of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 3 granddaughters: Kristina, Karina, and Kathryn all of Colorado; 6 great grandchildren; and a brother in law: Robert L. Wagner of Shelby.


Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10-11 AM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held at 11 AM with Rev. Russel Yoak, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Shelby, officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Penny Heitzman Bricker says:

    Sandy so sorry for your loss.

  2. Cindy Horner Campbell says:

    Sandy, my sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your dad. I remember the fun vacation in Michigan at Big Bear sanddunes. It was always fun to get a new pair of shoes at the store.

  3. Karen Lafferty Hendricks says:

    Dear Sandy: My sincerest condolensces on the loss of your father. He was a cornerstone of Shelby when we were growing up. I remember him so well, always in the window of Duff’s shoe store arranging shoes displays.

    Bet I have not seen you for 50 years!? Hope you will consider coming to our 50th class reunion. I want to get all the majorettes together. Wouldn’t that be ahoot?! We have to re-live memories occasionally to know who we are and who we have been, and where we became who we are. Hope you can make it. I need email or contact info from you. This will give you my email address. Hope to hear from you!

  4. Linda and Shim LaGoy says:

    Sandy, my condolences to you and your family. My mother bought your family home after my father died when your parents moved to Colorado. She loved it but recently sold it to move to Ashland to be closer to my sister. I’m sure we both have many happy memories of 60 Renfrew Dr. With sympathy, Linda Wetz LaGoy

  5. Mary Lee Hannafus Barr says:

    Sandy, So sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is very difficult no matter the age. I know, as I lost my mom a couple years ago. I remember your dad (and mom) well and appreciated their attention when buying shoes. And, of course, I loved getting new shoes (still do).
    It seems not that long ago we were in school together, but it has been 50 years. (unbelievable!) We are working on our 50th reunion and have been unable to find an address (or email) for you. If you could share with me, I will be sure you get all the info about this upcoming “golden” event to you.
    Again, my condolences. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Mary Lee Hannafus Barr
    1004 Township Road 713
    Ashland, Ohio 44805

  6. Fred Studer says:

    Sandy, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dad. May God Bless and Keep You and Yours Always! Fred…….

  7. Sonia Harrer Hull Dyer says:

    I have thought of your parents so many times since they moved from behind our house. I also moved to New Albany, OH 11 years ago.. I saw your Mom so much more than your Dad because he was always working. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sandy.

  8. David Studer says:

    Dear Sandy,
    Our Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your Father. Always remember your Father’s shoe store, as well as several other Shelby store’s no longer in business; what a loss to the town. God Bless You and Your Family!

    Love, David Studer & Joyce (Studer) Pendrey, Clovis Ca.

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