Julian Joseph “Joe” Duray, 78, a parishioner at St. Juan Diego Parish in Northwest Portland, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Oct. 25. A private funeral service at Willamette National Cemetery was planned.

Born in Ardoch, North Dakota to Julian and Lavina (Lavin) Duray, Mr. Duray grew up in North Dakota with his sisters Ann and Margaret and attended Holy Family High School. He was married to Myrna Marie Marken of Manly, Iowa, May 23, 1964. He was inducted into the Army in March 1964 and served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, until March 1966. The couple’s two children were born in Oklahoma. After five years in Amarillo, Texas, they moved to Portland in 1975. Mr. Duray worked in industrial pest control for over 40 years. Prior to his retirement, he was self-employed for 10 years with his company Joe the Fumigator.

Many summer weekends were spent on the river at their houseboat; boating, hunting and fishing with family and friends. The Durays enjoyed travelling and visited many places around the country. He was a member of Oregon Ducks Unlimited.

Mr. Duray is survived by his wife, Myrna; daughter Janelle; son Mark; grandson Andrew; sister Margaret Pabst of Terre Haute, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Duray had a spirit for life, always good for a joke or two, and eager to make anyone he encountered smile. Joe will always be remembered for his love of family and friends, and his mischievous sense of humor that will forever keep us laughing with our memories.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ducks Unlimited