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John P. Duda

February 7, 1952 ~ October 19, 2017 (age 65)
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Message from Patrick, Kristena, and Isaac Downing
October 21, 2017 11:02 AM

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Not only was he our piano tuner, but he was an incredible friend and colleague. We will miss his wonderful sense of humor, his great stories, and his gorgeous singing voice! He was always kind to accept French-press coffee and chocolate chip cookies as payment to tune our piano! The entire Quad Cities musical community will miss him dearly, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to John's family.
Message from Margaret Stock
October 21, 2017 1:01 PM

So very sorry to learn of John's passing.
He is in a better place and his pain and suffering are over.
Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends.
He was a very special person and will be missed.
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A candle was lit by Michelle Juehring on October 22, 2017 2:03 AM
Message from Hank & Phyllis Krambeck
October 22, 2017 9:03 AM

My wife and I are very sad to hear of John's demise. He was for piano tuner as well as a great friend. When we moved to Kirksville Missouri in 1993 he delivered our piano from Davenport Iowa. Years later he came from Bettendorf to visit and to service our piano. We had a great visit and fished our lake together. He also taught me how to work on our piano. As requested, we will make a donation to our local animal center.
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A candle was lit by Ben Hensler on October 22, 2017 9:15 AM
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A candle was lit by Tom Ryder on October 22, 2017 11:20 AM
Message from Allen Darell, Omaha, NE
October 22, 2017 11:45 AM

Dear Duda Family, I very much enjoyed working with John at Northwestern Bell. He was always so positive and provided a breath of fresh air when it was needed. Very sorry to learn of his passing.
Message from DeBor Bowers
October 22, 2017 11:59 AM

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. John was a supportive friend to so many over the years. My association with John included years of singing and music through high school and college, with recent contact more seldom. I will fondly remember John as a talented friend, always one to volunteer or step up to the task at hand when needed. Laughter was always a secondary requirement. I know first hand how much John loved and respected his parents and family. Blessings to you who remain here to mourn him.
Message from Terry Putman
October 22, 2017 12:19 PM

Joe & Cath,
So sorry for your loss of John!
There really are no words.
John was a very easy person to be around. He tuned our piano and was very kind and helpful.
Be especially kind to yourself in your pain, and if you need anything please let me know.
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A candle was lit by Karen McKirchy on October 22, 2017 6:03 PM
Message from Dave lehr
October 22, 2017 6:08 PM

I met John several years ago through our mutual love of racing HO scale slot cars. He was the most generous, supportive and humble person that I've ever had the privilege of calling a friend. In the slot car world, he was known as "Zipp" because he could build fast cars and make them zip around the track. I had the honor of racing his "Zippmobiles" several times over the years and even won the 2011 HOPRA national championship in the Pro Super Stock class with one of his cars. The annual slot racing events he hosted, known as the Outhouse Invitationals, were epic fun for all those lucky enough to attend. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. He is missed greatly.
Message from Kevin Condon
October 22, 2017 8:35 PM

So very sorry for your loss. I met John as a kid growing up spending my free time at Kimberly Pines roller rink. As time went by and I eventually got a job there and joined the skate club etc. John became not only a friend but also a bit of a mentor. He was a great and talented man with a huge heart and love for life. He will be sorely missed.
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A candle was lit by Chari Padilla on October 23, 2017 5:09 AM
Message from Laura Lane
October 23, 2017 1:05 PM

I am so so sorry to hear this news. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. John was our piano tuner at Knox College while I was department chair, and we became friends. I loved talking with John, about pianos, about music, about our cats, and so many other things. I will never forget his wit, his big laugh and his warm smile that could light up a room.
Message from Peggy Barnard
October 23, 2017 4:28 PM

Dear Joe and family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother John. He must have been a amazing man with many talents. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go with you and your family. May he rest in peace.
Message from Denny Cox
October 23, 2017 8:51 PM

Joe,
So sorry to hear of your brothers passing.
Message from Susan Carmichael McPeters
October 23, 2017 9:36 PM

Although I did not know John that well in recent years we went to high school together and I was an acquaintance of his in later years through the local music community. What a talent he possessed! My sympathies go to his family and close friends.
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A candle was lit by Michael Block on October 24, 2017 6:34 AM
Message from Michael Block
October 24, 2017 6:37 AM

While I hadn't spoken to John in years, John was a good friend while I was in Iowa. His presence, friendship, and sense of humor will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend, I have the fondest memories of our time together in IA.
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A candle was lit by We will miss you, have a great journey!! on October 24, 2017 7:46 AM
Message from Mark Adlam
October 24, 2017 9:05 PM

Joe and family, I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed, but always remembered.
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A candle was lit by John Hobbs, Davia Gallup, Addie Hobbs on October 26, 2017 3:11 PM
Message from John, Davia and Addie
October 26, 2017 3:16 PM

Joe and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We all looked forward to a visit from John to tune our piano and to hearing him sing at the Bix Christmas Party. He was a great guy.
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A candle was lit by Mary Neil on October 26, 2017 6:33 PM
Message from Myra A Whitcanack
October 26, 2017 7:41 PM

Ours thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Hugs! Myra & Gary.
Message from Dan Kraus
October 28, 2017 10:40 AM

I was very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great friend to me while singing at Augustana or tuning my pianos at home and church. I learned so much from him while singing as he was always generous with his help. A great guy I will miss.
Message from Bob DeSchinckel
October 28, 2017 6:40 PM

Joe, So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. . Our sincere condolences to you and your family. May he rest in peace.
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A candle was lit by Beckie McRae on November 1, 2017 1:54 AM
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