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Obituary, Ivo Walter Duvall, 96

 

Ivo Walter Duvall

Ivo Walter Duvall, 96, passed away September 13, 2015.

He was born in Orting, Wash. on February 3, 1919 to Charles Oscar and Drusie Ethel Duvall. A survivor of the flu pandemic, he grew up in Petersburg, Alaska and served in the U.S. Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during WWII. He was a resident of Kinnelon, N.J. for 48 years.

He was bright and talented and adept in so many ways. Having grown up in Depression era Alaska and being a native pioneer, he could cook, bake bread, knit, macrame, darn socks, can, smoke fish, ski, ice skate, build boats and houses, pan for gold and fix almost anything. He knew celestial navigation, semaphore and Morse Code.

He was the youngest licensed Alaskan (ship) pilot in the 1930s and youngest Chief Petty Officer in WWII. He obtained three U.S. patents for electric fishing reels and authored six books. His greatest accomplishment was being the best father and grandfather anyone could have.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Walter, and all of his siblings: brothers George Edward, Royal, and Lewis Duvall and sisters Laura Rutledge, Ione Marlow, and Jane Klein, also all of his cousins, being the last of his entire generation.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 70 years, Evelyn Marcott Duvall, four children: Lynne Duvall Lysiak, Trade, Tenn.; Marilyn (Patrick) Duvall Reilly, Hamburg, NJ; Val (Barbara) Duvall, Wantage, NJ and Diane (John) Duvall Oldja, St. Petersburg, Flor., nine grandchildren: Tracy Reilly, Karen Reilly, Brandon Lysiak, Patrick Reilly, Johnny Oldja, Lauren Oldja, Danielle Duvall and Nicole Duvall, and three great grandchildren: Christian Ivo Lysiak, Caroline Oldja, and Patrick Ivo Reilly; numerous nieces and nephews, including Ione (Randolph) Ramsdell of Fairview, Tenn.

A funeral service was held on Sept. 18 in Pompton Plains, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to SmileTrain, PO Box 96321, Washington, D.C. 20090.

 

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