Duane E. Durbin

Duane E. Durbin, 81, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born at home in St. Elmo on Sept. 2, 1937 to Jesse F. and Hazel B. (Nowlin) Durbin.

He held various positions in his lifetime. He worked as a mechanic in numerous places, owned his own filling station, worked construction for Chastain, worked in the oil fields of Texas, and eventually became a machinist at Mueller’s in Decatur where he retired after 30 years of dedication.

He loved to go fishing and camping when he had the chance and once was an avid hunter. He enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, especially with his granddaughter, Makayla. He has always been a fan of westerns. It used to be that he never went without one of his Louis L’Amore books or the television tuned in to a Wastern, unless of course the Cubbies were playing. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Decatur.

He leaves behind to cherish memories: one sister, Elma Pallone of Decatur; his son, Mark Dougles Durbin; his daughter, Patricia Kay (Tim) Altherr of Decatur; three grandchildren, Christopher Michael Becker of Illiopolis, Makayla Renee Durbin of Missouri, and Ryan James Altherr of Decatur; and one great-granddaughter, Evelyn Kay Becker. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews; two daughters, Vicky England and Paula Durbin of Decatur; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his significant other Janice Lee Force; a daughter, Penny Renee Durbin; his parents, Jesse F. and Hazel B. Durbin; four brothers, Jesse Durbin Jr., Wayne Durbin, Benny Durbin and Gary Durbin; and two sisters, Charlotte Stafford and Ina Obrien.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Duane Durbin were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur. A visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial followed at Sidener Cemetery in St. Elmo.

The family of Duane E. Durbin is being served by Moran and Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.moranandgoebel.com.

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