Walter Robert Duyck
Walter Robert Duyck, 72, a resident of the Cornelius community, died Saturday
morning, November 6, 2010 at his home.
The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said at 7:00 PM on Friday, November
12, 2010 at the Visitation Catholic Church; 4285 NW Visitation Rd in Verboort,
Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the
Visitation Catholic Church in Verboort, OR.
Rites of Christian Burial will be held at Visitation Catholic Cemetery following
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception following the Cemetery
Rites to be held at the Visitation Parish Hall.
Walter was born on October 2, 1938 in Roy, OR. He was one of 14 children
born to George and Cecilia (VanDyke) Duyck. He was raised on the family farm
in Roy and attended grade school at St. Francis Catholic Grade School. Walter
later attended Banks High School and graduated with the Class of 1956.
He was enlisted into the US Army and served his country in Germany during the
Walter was united in marriage to Carolyn Herb on September 2, 1961 in
Verboort, OR. Following their marriage they made their home in Beaverton for a
short while, and then moved to their farm in Cornelius, OR in 1966. Together
they raised five children and eight grandchildren. Their Catholic faith was an
important part of their lives.
Walter briefly worked at Tektronix, but a few years later left to pursue what he
really wanted to do- farming. He spent some time working for his brother, Lloyd,
on his farm and then started his own. He raised blueberries, black raspberries,
wheat, and also operated a blueberry nursery with his partner, Larry Dupre. In
1974 he bought a ditcher, and he and Larry started a farm tiling business
called, Oregon Pipe and Supply Co. They tiled for 10 years. Walt really
enjoyed farming, and although he retired in 2000, he never stopped working on
the family farm.
Among Walter’s other interests, he enjoyed his parish family at St. Alexander's,
camping, grandchildren's activities, visiting casinos with his siblings, and the
outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed fishing in Oregon
and Alaska with his brother, Rollie, and his friends, Dennis Pratt, Jeff Beaudoin,
Phil Muir. He also enjoyed clamming at the Oregon coast, wood working ( to
support Carolyn's tole painting hobby) and traveling. He traveled abroad and
throughout the US. Walt loved his family and Tiger, his fat cat. He also loved to
pester his many nieces and nephews, especially out in the blueberry fields!
In 2000, Walt was diagnosed with colon cancer. After treatment, he resumed an
active life. More recently he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He again bravely battled the disease, but ultimately passed away at his home on
Saturday morning with loved ones present.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, his parents, and three brothers,
Rollie, LeRoy and Kenny Duyck.
Survivors include his five children and their spouses; Cheryl and Shawn
Morgan of Hillsboro, OR, Scott and Susan Duyck of Beaverton, OR, Lisa and
Chris Davis of Portland, OR, Craig and Genelle Duyck of Forest Grove, OR, Tim
and Christine Duyck of Forest Grove, OR, ten siblings; Lloyd, Gary and Steve
Duyck, Audrey Hertel, Lorna, Newby, Loraine Klein, Dorothy Umeda, Susie
Peterson, Sharon Racine and Marilyn Grover and eight grandchildren.
The family suggests donations in Walter’s name to:
Saint Alexander's Parish
170 N. 10 Ave PO Box 644
Cornelius, OR 97113