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Chris Ducey

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Chris Ducey
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McHENRY – Christopher Ducey, 68, of McHenry, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born July 22, 1944, in Chicago to John E. and Esther Jane (Meyer) Ducey. On Nov. 28, 1964, he married Verlene M. Rousey at Nativity Lutheran Church in Wonder Lake.
Christopher had worked for Jepsen Tire Company and Crystal Lake Tire and Battery. He belonged to CAATS (Centerville Antique Auto Touring Society). Family and friends are sure that if there are any '54 Ford convertibles in heaven, he will be driving one.
Survivors include his wife of more than 47 years; daughter, Jacquelin (Michael) Amber of Elkhorn, Wis.; two grandchildren, Caleb and Joshua; a sister, Polly Ducey of New York, N.Y.; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jon Ducey; and a sister, Penelope Ducey.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Asbury, Dr. Apurva Desai and staff at Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Walter Stadler and oncology clinical trial nurses at the University of Chicago, and the wonderful care provided by Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois for helping Chris through his five-year journey battling prostate cancer. A heartfelt thank you to Chris' honorary brother and friend of 54 years John Walczak and wife Shelly and family, who cannot be thanked enough.
A memorial visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Interment will be private.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, or to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-0063.
Published in the Northwest Herald on October 31, 2012

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I knew Chris when he worked at Jepsen Tire. In that environment he was the epitome of what we all should aspire to be; a genuinely good person. It was always a refreshing moment in a long afternoon when he popped his head through the window between the shop and the office; I never saw him in a bad mood or heard him utter a negative word about anyone. Many condolences to his family for their great loss.
Cara Jepsen, Chicago (November 01, 2012)

Rest in peace Chris. Lynn and Jackie....though your hearts are hurting right now, know that he is no longer in pain. God called him home for a reason. Chris will be missed by many.
With love....Joan O'Halleran and family (November 01, 2012)

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I learned a lot from Chris,I worked with him at Jepsen side by side for years. We had to stop at 12:00 everyday to listen to the rest of the story. I'll never forget him. I'm part car nut today because of Chris. Thank you. God be with you.
John L. Sullivan (November 01, 2012)

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of great loss.
Doug and Michelle Kiefer, Harvard (October 31, 2012)

Chris and I were 1953-58 classmates at Harrison Elementary, Wonder Lake, Class of '58. He was very popular and a class favorite. Rest in peace, Chris. My highest respects to his family.
Doug Marion, Simi Valley, California (October 31, 2012)

Polly, I am so sorry for your loss.
Patsy (Meyers) Hiller (October 31, 2012)

In loving memory to a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
The Mojica Family, Wonder Lake (October 31, 2012)

In Deepest Sympathy: Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your Friends from Country Financial, Gary, Lois, Linda and Starla.
Gary Miller, McHenry (October 31, 2012)

We will never forget the very special friendship we had and always be thankful for having Chris in our lives for so many years. Rest now Chris, you have worked hard all of your life and fought this battle for a long time. We will miss you but we have our memories...Love, John and Shelly
John Walczak, Woodstock (October 31, 2012)


Memorial Service Speech

Written by John Walczak

How can one describe a friendship that lasted fifty years?  That's five decades, or half a century!  Never had an argument or a falling out and caring so much about each other.  There was nothing Chris wouldn't do for me or I wouldn't do for him, always supporting each other's decisions and always helping each other as much as we could.

I think maybe we became such good friends as we both shared a lousy childhood and were considered "loners" at school, I think Chris felt sorry for me and "took me under his wing," teaching me things that my own father and brother never would.  He felt guilty he never was called upon to serve in the military, while I told him to thank his lucky stars he never had to go!

We both shared a love for cars and that led us into auto racing when I got out of the Army.  Sometimes that was very aggravating but it was also a lot of fun.  Chris was the mechanic and spent a lot of time keeping two cars competitive at the same time.  I could do the work if Chris was there to tell me what to do and how to do it.  I would never have had the success I enjoyed in racing without his help.

In 1973 Chris was the best man at my wedding to Shelly.  If you knew Chris it wouldn't surprise you that he made me an hour late for the ceremony!  I never doubted that we would make it but my in-laws weren't very happy by the time we got there.

We watched our families grow up together, took trips together, shared our successes and disappointments together.  Finally, I watched helplessly as he fought off his cancer for the last five years, unable to help.  When the end came, I was with him and wept openly for I will never have as good a friend again.  I miss him so much I can't explain, I had to ask to have this read at the memorial because I am too emotional to speak it but none the less, you know it is from my heart.

Read at the memorial service by Bill Williamson


Photographs from Chris' Life

1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner Chris Ducey in his 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner
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2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
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1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner Chris Ducey in his 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner
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2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
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1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner Birthday Cake Happy Birthday Chris!
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1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner
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Buss Ford Car Show
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Photographs from Chris' Memorial Service

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