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William Duchon

July 17, 1928 ~ March 4, 2017 (age 88)
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Message from Jim Guenther 1972
March 13, 2017 2:17 PM

I'm sure anything I say has already been said or will be about "The Coach". We know he had a house full of girls at home but at Glenbard West he had a hundreds of Boys that became Men due him. Thanks Coach, I'll never forget your words and teaching.
Message from Dave Morgan
March 11, 2017 9:30 AM

My condolences to the family of Coach Duchon, a true gentleman who, by example, taught character matters, and always complimented his students and players equally for both true effort as well as accomplishment. I had the opportunity to get to know him better years after graduating from Glenbard on those occasions where we were both waiting at the Busy Bee for our haircut appointments. He told he held special memories of the class of ‘68 and from what he could see we all, “turned out pretty good after all.” I truly believe he knew he had accomplished his purpose as a positive role model.
Dave Morgan
Class of ‘68
Message from Bruce Pearson
March 10, 2017 10:17 PM

I was one of those collective 155 lb weaklings, who got grass kicked in our face on the gridiron. Consequently, I seldom played, but had the privilege of playing under coach Bill Duchon's conference championship team my senior year. I also covered his retirement from Glenbard West for the Glen Ellyn News. His house was around the corner from where I lived while in high school. He never had any biological sons, but in a broader sense he had many sons and influenced a generation of hundreds of young men. I know he positively influenced mine. One of the leading qualities he instilled in me was discipline and the love for sports. In my ensuing adult years I ran two mountain marathons, many races, competed in track, soccer and even played rugby from my mid-40s until I was in my 60s. His example inspired me to rise from finishing in the bottom 5% of my graduating high school class to persevere and succeed in the classroom eventually earning a Masters degree. I had the pleasure of visiting on numerous occasions at his home, the last time a couple of year ago. His passing is truly the end of an era, but his legacy lives on.
Message from Ralph Klein
March 17, 2017 4:51 PM

Great message Bruce. I know you have never heard of me, but like you, I graduated bottom 5% and actually went on to Univ. of Tampa and graduated in 74" and had a successful career till retiring at age 55. Coach is one of a kind, in which he should be a role model for all coaches today. Our world would be so much better with role models, coaches and teachers like Coach Duchon.
Good luck to you.
Ralph Klein
Message from Ralph Klein
March 10, 2017 12:32 PM

Coach was so inspirational to us. As young teenage men, he taught us the important things in life. He taught us to be committed to our goals and aspirations and to be give maximum effort. Play and compete for the team, not as individuals. Be thankful to God for all the talent and ability he has provided to each one of us. Respect our competitors and hit hard, drop them down, pick them up...Bruce Capel as a leader, inspiration. Bruce gave his life for our country and Coach devoted himself to keep his memory alive.

I have thought of coach almost daily through the years as an inspiration to me. Last saw him at GBW after I graduated from Univ. of Tampa 1974 but followed all the school games even to this day.
My condolences to Maryellen and family. Coaches memory live on forever........
Ralph Klein
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A HOPE AND HONOR CROSS STANDING EASEL was sent on March 10, 2017

We are forever grateful to Coach Duchon , a great man, a great coach, and the very best teacher of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach and his wonderful Family , Friend's, and our entire Glenbard West Football Community. Thank you COACH DUCHON and Family. The Hall Family

Message from Jon Astroth
March 10, 2017 7:15 AM

Coach Duchon was a great coach and a great man. I was so fortunate to participate in his success at Glenbard West, yet I'll never understand why he even played me! One of my fondest memories is gathering with other players at Coach Duchon's house after summer workouts. Peggy would provide the charm and Bill the football lessons. All his players admired and respected him because he taught them football and much more. Like you, we will all miss him. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Message from Moie & Peter Boyce
March 9, 2017 9:46 PM

I loved Uncle Bill....he was a great husband, father, and my uncle. I have great memories spending summers in Glen Ellyn with all the Duchons. Always in my book of "my favorite summers" in my life!!!
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A candle was lit by Moie & Peter Boyce on March 9, 2017 9:39 PM
Message from Kevin Finke
March 9, 2017 8:07 PM

Coach Duchon had a big influence on my life. He made me realize that you could always push yourself a little more even when you didn't think you had any more left to give. He was one of my Dad's good friends and I am sure that Coach Duchon, Coach Johnson and my Dad are sitting around a table in heaven smoking cigars, drinking a cold beer and talking football. Thanks Coach,
Message from John Lynch Class of "64"
March 9, 2017 6:04 PM

I received news of Duchon's passing from my sister Linda, who still lives in the area. I couldn't help but reflect on the influence his coaching instilled on me in my life's journey. Other than "keeping your shoulders parallel to the line of scrimmage" I was always impressed with how he carried himself and his demeanor of strength and assuredness, yet very approachable and sincerely helpful.
Good Job Coach and Thanks,
John Lynch Class of 64
Message from Tom Mayer- 1975
March 9, 2017 12:48 PM

This man was a great man and one I have admired since the first day of football practice. We had our ups and downs but he had great influence on me and my whole life, and for that I say "Thank you Coach"!

Coach Duchon was the ultimate "Hitter" I keep reading articles this week about his teachings around the "Hitter" and the jersey he created and presented to us.
This note below says it all:

"In "As the Backs Go Tearing By" Duchon told Carlton players routinely cried during the private ceremonies where Duchon awarded a Hitter's T-shirt. It meant much more than merely a crudely drawn Neanderthal wielding a club. It signified earning the trust of a man who not only symbolized but produced excellence through dedication, discipline and integrity."

I have uploaded aa photo of this jersey which I will treasure forever, it seems to have shrunk though as I can't get it on any longer.

I will be there Sunday and Monday.
Tom Mayer
1975
Message from Jack McCall
March 9, 2017 11:47 AM

Coach Duchon gave us a gift that money can't buy. He taught us how to be winners. He pushed us beyond what we thought was possible. He gave us an undefeated season and the knowledge of how to apply that to our lives. Nothing we've faced since playing for him could match that intensity. We feared him, respected him, and loved him. I'm sure he's in a better place drawing out the X's and O's for another championship team. He once told me that he coached the only way he knew how; and that was the way he was coached. We were blessed by having him as our coach. I knew no one that I ever respected more.
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A Designers Choice was sent by Curt & Joan Spears on March 8, 2017

Message from Harold "Snub" Prichard
March 8, 2017 3:17 PM

Dear Coach Duchon's Family;

I am so sorry for your loss. As a member of the Class of 46', I consider myself so fortunate that Bill came to Glenbard and to have been a friend of his from then forward. We
became friends as a result of our love for Glenbard . I am proud to say that all his years of
coaching at Glenbard , I can say you can count one hand the number of games I missed.
I came not to just see the boys but to watch him and how could get the best from so
many. of his boys. Bill will be so missed by so many that had the fortune to cross
his path.
My Deepest Sympathy,

Snub 46'
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An A GARDEN PATH was sent on March 8, 2017

Thanks for being such a wonderful man. You will be missed. Always in my heart. Sue Pariseau

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A WARM SMILE was sent on March 8, 2017

Our Thoughts and Prayers to the extended Duchon Family. We loved Uncle Bill and he will always be in our hearts. With Love, The Bob Brierty Family

Message from Pete Cartwright
March 8, 2017 11:32 AM

Coach Duchon was a motivator and a mentor. He knew how to get your attention and make you feel accomplished in what you did, but also kick you in the butt when you came up short. It was his way of always encouraging you to do more than you think you could. It was tough love at times- but still many football players and athletes have become successful citizens because of that "tough love" that Bill Duchon used as part of his "coaching" strategy. You will be missed but the impact goes on! Peggy- thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Pete Cartwright
Class of 1978
Message from Edinburgh, Scotland
March 8, 2017 11:07 AM

I owe an immense debt of gratitude to coach Duchon. He was a true gentleman, and an example of how to live the fulfilling life. Perhaps more than anything, he taught me the value of moral character -- of having the discipline to achieve your fullest potential, of being true to your principles, and of having the courage to stand up for those principles. I have thought of him often through the years. He was a great man, strong and generous, and he touched so many lives.
Stewart Brown, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Edinburgh
Message from Verla Finke
March 8, 2017 10:53 AM

To the Duchon Family, I was so sorry to hear that Bill had passed away. We were so fortunate to have met Peggy and Bill , when we moved to Glen Ellyn. They will forever be remembered by our family. He was indeed a Glenbard legend.
Message from Frank Ourada
March 8, 2017 10:35 AM

Dear Family of Coach Duchon,
I was very sorry to learn of his passing. As with so many, Coach had a positive influence on me as a member of his '65 football team. He taught us the value of commitment, personal responsibility and team work. He was a very special person and will surely be remembered and greatly missed.
Living in Minneapolis, I am disappointed not to be able to attend Coach Duchon's memorial, and the celebration of his important and meaningful life.
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Sincerely,
Frank Ourada
Message from Curt Spears
March 8, 2017 3:54 PM

Frank, will miss you at Coach's celebration of life and funeral proceedings on Monday. Your words say it all. Hope to see you soon.
Message from Elena & Edd Snyder
March 8, 2017 8:43 AM

Dear Peggy and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thinking of you at this sad time and wishing you peace. You are in our prayers.
Edd & Elena Snyder
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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on March 8, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you. Cousins Dennis & Donde

Message from David Lattan
March 8, 2017 6:02 AM

I never played a single down on the gridiron at Glenbard, but Coach Duchon was still my coach and mentor. He taught me about hard work and teamwork, particularly that every person who supports an effort is an important part of that effort. May Coach rest in Peace and rise in Glory. Blessings and prayers for all who will miss him.
Message from Steven McAfee
March 8, 2017 9:00 AM

Mary Anne and Family,

I know you will be getting a lot of messages about your father and that is enormously right and proper. Probably too many to read let alone answer. This is mine:

He taught me how to spell ASSUME. I'm sure he taught you also. The lesson came after a particularly embarrassing error of mine in which I forgot to bring the footballs to practice. Since I "Assumed" Dave Lattan was doing it. Later in life when I was in the Air Force and tasked with working with Chemical and Nuclear weapons I remembered that lesson. It made me careful and methodical. Some might say boring but surprises are not a valued commodity in those arenas.

Maybe the greater thing is this: Even though I was what might seem to others only a lowly team Equipment Manager your father never treated me so. He always made me feel that I was just as much part of the team as Fred or Brian or anyone else. He even asked my opinion on certain matters when appropriate. I've always carried that with me. When a team member I work hard for the glory of the team. When a team leader I work hard for the glory of it's members.

Many other lessons were taught I'm sure but these have made great impact on my life and hopefully by extension many other lives. I think I am a Bible believing man today to a great extent from the example of your dad. I offer prayers for your comfort in grief, for your strength to carry on, and also for your knowledge of Him who called your father to rest.

Many condolences to you and your family.
Steven McAfee, Class of '72
Go Hilltoppers!!

(By the way. Home uniforms should be white)
Message from Vic Fiala
March 7, 2017 9:42 PM

Coach Duchon was the living proof that "we lead two lives,
the life we learn from and the life we live there after."
He may be gone now, but his influence as a coach and leader
lives on.
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A candle was lit by Jennifer Cornelia May on March 7, 2017 7:13 PM
Message from Dear Duchon Family,
March 7, 2017 4:40 PM

Dear Duchon family,

Through looking at the Leonard Memorial Home website I found William's obituary. I was sorry to learn about his recent passing but happy that he had a long life. I want to extend my sympathy.

Mr. Duchon was my physical education teacher at Glenbard West High School during my freshman and senior years. He took an active interest in his students. It was nice that the school named the football in his honor after his retirement.
Message from The above message was from Edward R. Snively, who now lives in Columbus, Ohio. The Glenbard West High School football field was renamed Duchon Field back in 1980.
March 28, 2017 8:14 PM

Edward R. Snively, Columbus, Ohio
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A candle was lit by Bruce Drye, class of 68 on March 7, 2017 4:33 PM
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A candle was lit by John Cole on March 7, 2017 4:10 PM
Coach Duchon - you wouldn't remember me, but I'll remember you. You never coached me, but you mentored me. I never scored a touchdown, achieved a sack, or made an extra point for you - but you helped me understand what leadership is. You see, as a sophomore, you took me aside one day, and told me I was to "run" your gym class that I was in every day. You were very busy - many things to do, important games to prepare for - and you needed the time. So you picked me - a skinny, little, unknown kid - to run your class every day. What you displayed was faith in me. What you gave me was confidence. What you helped instill in me was a sense of leadership. And what you helped build in me was strength. You'll always be known to so many as a phenomenal coach, leader, husband, and father. But they say that the true character of a person is what they do when no one is looking. Well, no one was looking when you showed that confidence in me. No one, that is, but me. And in my case, I will ALWAYS remember you for it. Thanks, Coach - you showed me that among all the big things in life, the little things can sometimes be even more important! Rest in peace!
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A candle was lit by With a great deal of LOVE❤️, Bozo and Kathy Eichenberger on March 7, 2017 2:48 PM
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A candle was lit by Paul & Maureen Vlcek on March 7, 2017 2:40 PM
Message from John Cole
March 7, 2017 2:08 PM

Coach Duchon - you wouldn't remember me, but I'll remember you. You never coached me, but you mentored me. I never scored a touchdown, achieved a sack, or made an extra point for you - but you helped me understand what leadership is. You see, as a sophomore, you took me aside one day, and told me I was to "run" your gym class that I was in every day. You were very busy - many things to do, important games to prepare for - and you needed the time. So you picked me - a skinny, little, unknown kid - to run your class every day. What you displayed was faith in me. What you gave me was confidence. What you helped instill in me was a sense of leadership. And what you helped build in me was strength. You'll always be known to so many as a phenomenal coach, leader, husband, and father. But they say that the true character of a person is what they do when no one is looking. Well, no one was looking when you showed that confidence in me. No one, that is, but me. And in my case, I will ALWAYS remember you for it. Thanks, Coach - you showed me that among all the big things in life, the little things can sometimes be even more important! Rest in peace!
Message from Dennis R. DiPentino (class of 67')
March 7, 2017 10:29 AM

My deepest sympathy to Coach Duchon's Family, and his many friends around the country! His life will long be remembered by those touched by his love of sports and his dedication to his players, and student body of Glenbard West H.S. He was a man we all admired on and off the field, and his departure will be heaven's gain. With deepest sympathy, Dennis DiPentino
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A candle was lit by Jane Adler on March 7, 2017 8:32 AM
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A candle was lit by Jim wilken,Class of 83 on March 7, 2017 8:12 AM
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A candle was lit by Keith Dase,class of 74 on March 7, 2017 8:10 AM
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A candle was lit by Greg Dase,class of 71 on March 7, 2017 8:09 AM
Message from Diane Barville Bruere
March 6, 2017 9:40 PM

Peggy,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. I had him for drivers ed and we enjoyed each other's company! Peace be to his memory. He has rejoined your mom!
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Message from Jack McInerney
March 6, 2017 6:43 PM

Coach Duchon was a man/ coach that many of us in the profession looked up to and admired. He was a legend to many of us and will be missed. Rest In Peace Coach Duchon.
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A DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent on March 6, 2017

With love and respect. Glenn and Ginny Reynolds

Message from JACK C. Pietrzak
March 5, 2017 11:35 PM

Dear family of Coach Duchon,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Coach Duchon, to me, was one of the finest human beings to ever cross my path. The last time I saw him, was at his front door. It was a Saturday morning, I was home from college, and just wanted to stop by and wish him a hello and tell him how much I missed him. He touched my life for the better, and it was only between the two of us how he encouraged me in my dream to be a professional baseball player. I made it Coach!
Sincerely,
Jack C. Pietrzak
Message from Steve Schroeder
March 6, 2017 10:34 AM

Dear Coach Duchon's family-
I was so lucky to have had Bill Duchon an important part of my life. And very glad I got to see him and his daughters when in town for a reunion a few years ago. He will always be in my heart and thoughts. You have my deepest sympathy.
Steve Schroeder
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