Carl Michael Duchek

Born: Fri., Nov. 11, 1921
Died: Wed., Nov. 12, 2014

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church


2:00 PM Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Carl M. Duchek – longtime Pendleton resident died Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in Pendleton.  He was 93 years old. 

Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday, November 20th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Friday, November 21st, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with interment at 2:00 PM at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Carl Duchek may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame or to the Altar Society Flower Fund.  Sign the online condolence book at   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

Carl M. Duchek was born November 11, 1921, in Atwater, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Frank & Eva “Wastradowski” Duchek.  He married Rose-Mary Manz, April 11, 1942, in Vancouver, WA, at St. James Cathedral.  They graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1939.  Carl was Honorably Discharged from the Seabees in September of 1945.  They moved from Vancouver to Pendleton in 1946.

Carl and Rose-Mary followed her parents to Pendleton and opened the Pendleton Baking Company.  Carl worked in the Bread Industry throughout his career, working also for Holsum, Sweet Heart and Snyders Bread Companies.  During that time his family grew to seven children with two daughters and five sons. 

Carl’s activities kept him busy with St. Mary’s Church, The Knights of Columbus, The Elks Lodge and the VFW.  Carl and Rose-Mary raised the flag at high school football games and other sporting events for over twenty years.  Carl’s life revolved around his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities, including a trip to Australia for a high school football All Star game. 

Carl was always busy with civic activities through his life, volunteering nonstop for such organizations as Happy Canyon, the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall Of Fame, the State 2A Basketball Tournament, V.F.W. and the Elks Lodge. 

His favorite hobby was making spinners and whirligigs out of bicycle wheels and broken fan blades.  His other favorite pastime was sitting on his front porch watching the world pass by. 

Carl is survived by: his daughters Gayle Knight (Joel), and Zoe Duchek (Patti), sons Dennis (Julie), Matt (Pat), Greg (Roxanne), and Wes, and Ron & Terri Hahn,  sisters Dorothy Green of Beaverton, OR, and Loretta Hitchcock of Issaquah, WA, thirteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Rose-Mary, son Rodney, granddaughter Kendra Fritzler and three sisters.  

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Noemi Wiseman
   Posted Sat November 15, 2014
To the whole family of Carl,

My heartfelt condolences. Carl will always be remembered, he has been always a nice guy during his stay at McKay Creek Estates, thank you for letting me take care of you. May you rest in peace .

Noemi Wiseman

Loretta Hitchcock
   Posted Tue November 18, 2014
Carl was my big brother "Chuck". He was 18 or 19 when I was born, so I never knew him as a sibling housemate. I've always heard stories of how he took me to Corvallis to visit Rosemary when she was in college. I do have fond memories of my folks and I, traveling to Pendleton for visits. I remember even getting up very early, a couple of times, going to the bakery with Carl. He was always in a good mood and had a funny way of saying things. I know he loved his family with all his heart. May he be at peace with Rosemary now.

Marge Normington-Jones
   Posted Tue November 18, 2014
When I first moved to Pendleton both Carl and Rosemary were so welcoming. I remember once we were all on a weekend retreat and during the break time Carl had his transistor radio on listening to the game ... he forgot to take out his earpiece and as the retreat got started again his team made a touchdown. Carl half yelled, "Go!" and Rosemary gave him a quick elbow to quiet him down. He sheepishly took out the earpiece and turned off the radio. They were both grinning ear to ear and so were the people around them. Both Carl and Rosemary were well loved. Rest in peace now together again. I send my sympathy to all the family.

Brigit Farley
   Posted Tue November 18, 2014
Both Carl and Rosemary were dedicated swim team parents...they attended all the home meets and fully participated in all the parent activities. I remember them fondly. Prayers for all the Ducheks--rest in peace, Carl.

Patricia Hauck Mantione
   Posted Tue November 18, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about Carl's passing. He was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed by many people. He always had a friendly greeting and warm smile for everyone. I will keep him and the family in my prayers.

Jim Houle
   Posted Thu November 20, 2014
Your parents set a great example for the whole community. I really enjoyed visiting and laughing with them. I always felt they cared about everyone in the community and were available if needed. The example they set has not gone unnoticed as your entire family has contributed greatly to the community. Thank you for sharing your parents with the rest of us.

Al & Wendy Tovey
   Posted Thu November 20, 2014
To the Duchek Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and you are in our prayers. Carl and Rose were our neighbors and friends. They made us feel welcome from the day we moved in. Carl was the protector of the neighborhood, monitor of the wind and champion of the Bucks, Mariners and Blazers. We will forever be grateful to Carl and Rose. We will never forget them.

Paula Standley
   Posted Thu November 20, 2014
I have always held Carl and Rosemary in high regards. Carl was my blood donor buddy way back in the day - having him there was like having my own security blanket. He was always so kind and I never saw him without a smile on his face. My condolences to Zoe and the entire Duchek family.

julie sneden & bob carlson
   Posted Thu November 20, 2014
we will miss you on your porch listening to baseball games and for watching out for us across the street. you were a great neighbor and friend.
our condolences and best wishes to your family.
thanks Carl.

Terry Olson
   Posted Fri November 21, 2014
Chuck (Carl) was my uncle. My Mom was one of his five sisters. I remember all of the families gathering at our Grandma & Grandpa Duchek's to celebrate the holidays. It was a huge houseful. As a child, I remember the donuts he would bring and I had my favorite. I was able to chat with him at his 90th birthday party. I asked about that special donut. Was it rolled in chopped peanuts or coconut? Much to my surprise, he said neither--it was bread crumbs. Oh, we always had bread crumbs so rolled those donuts in crumbs. Who knew? He had a wonderful sense of humor. I remember my Mom telling me how he loved to tease his five sisters. My wish was if we only lived closer together so we could enjoy each other more often. What a dear fellow. He was truly loved by his family and friends. God bless you, uncle. Until we meet again.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Mon December 01, 2014
So sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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