Duane Ferris, age 75, of Bonfield, passed away, Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home. He was born March 15, 1945, in Kankakee, the son of John Jr and Blanche (Nakerts) Ferris. Duane married Shirley West on June 18, 1966, at Sacred Heart Church in Goodrich. Duane and Shirley were teenage sweethearts. She survives.
Duane was a retired Pipefitter Local 597. He also farmed in the Bonfield area. Duane enjoyed farming, woodworking, trapshooting, traveling and above all he enjoyed his family and friends. He was a committee member of the McGillivray Special Drainage District, The Knights of Columbus, and Kankakee Farm Bureau.
Duane was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Viet Nam. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Herscher American Legion.
Duane was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Goodrich and a member of the Sacred Heart Church Council.
Surviving is his wife, Shirley, three sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl (Connie) Ferris and Dean (Jan) Ferris of Bonfield, Brian (Susan) Ferris of Sumter, South Carolina; one brother and sister-in-law, Dallas (Joyce) Ferris of Irwin; seven grandchildren, Brenden, Brett, Tyler, Ally, Paige, Kyle and Piper; two great grandchildren, Waylon and Averie; and two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Roger (Rita) West and Dino (Cheryl) Helopoulos of Bonfield.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and LaVanche West; and brother-in-law, Robert West.
Visitation was held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Goodrich. Reverend Ron Neitzke celebrated the mass.
Interment followed at the Limestone Cemetery, Limestone.
Memorials are to the Sacred Heart Building Fund or Uplifted Care (Hospice of Kankakee Valley).