Vernon Emil Duyck
Vernon Emil Duyck, 89, a resident of the Verboort community passed away on March 19, 2021 at his home.
Vernon was born on August 18, 1931 in Mountaindale, OR, He is the fourth of eight children born to Emil and Anna (Hilleke) Duyck. Vernon was raised on the family farm in Mountaindale and attended the old St Francis of Assisi Catholic Grade School. As a young teenager Vernon helped carry bricks for the current St Francis Grade School building as it was being built. He attended Banks High School graduating with the Class of 1950.
He enlisted into the US Army and served his country from 1952 through 1954 and then in the Army reserves until 1960. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt.
Vernon met his future wife; Elaine Crunican, while at a wedding dance. They courted for a few years and married on December 28, 1954 in Verboort. They moved to Elaine's family farm and had ten children; John, Catherine, Leo, Jean, Donna, Diane, Randy, Marc, Patricia and Chris.
He was a farmer all of his life, he raised wheat, strawberries, cucumbers and grains. He also had hogs and dairy cows. Following his graduation from high school Vernon also worked during the winter as a tree planter for the US Forestry Dept. planting trees after the Tillamook burn. He enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing, hunting and boating. He dug clams and caught crabs in the bay. Elaine and Vernon enjoyed their home in Rockaway Beach. Traveling wasn't high on Vernon's wish list having only left the state a handful of times, once to Hawaii, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and a few trips to Reno. He liked to smoke fish and sausage in his smokehouse and give these treats to family and friends. Vernon was also very active in 4-H with all of his children as the Verboort Dairy Club leader. He was very proud when his children earned blue ribbons and championship competitions.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Elaine, his parents, a daughter; Diane and a grandson Christopher Lux.
He is survived by his nine children and their spouses; John and Laurie Duyck of Naches, WA, Catherine and Gary Thompson of Hillsboro, Leo and Karen Duyck of Verboort, Jean and David Lux of Hillsboro, Donna and David Heesacker of Verboort Randy and Ignolia Duyck of Forest Grove, Marc Duyck and Stephen Cassell of Eugene, Patricia and Gary Freitas of Verboort, Chris Duyck of Verboort, his former son-in-law; Frank Lux of Beaverton, four siblings; Edmund Duyck, Melvin Duyck, Ralph Duyck, Marie Schmidt, twenty six grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggest donations in Vernon's name to the Visitation School Building Fund Phase Two