Walter William (Bill) Duffey

Walter William (Bill) Duffey, 88, was born on Dec. 24, 1925 in Snoqualmie Falls, Wash., to James Francis and Edna Elizabeth (Stephenson) Duffey. He went home to his Lord and Savior on May 13.

Graveside services with Military Rights were held May 19 at Hillside Cemetery in Conrad. Following the services, there was a celebration of Bill’s life at a luncheon held at the Branding Iron.

Bill grew up and attended school near Bellevue, Wash. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Great Falls on Dec. 15, 1943. He served in the Pacific area during World War II, participating honorably in three invasions. He proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on Jan. 14, 1947. Medals he received included Asiatic Pacific—3 stars, Philippine Liberation—2 stars, American Theatre, WWII Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After his time in the service, he moved to the Choteau/Conrad area.

In 1950, Bill married Katherine Toren Breding and together they raised four children. He lost his loving wife on Dec. 7, 1990. In 1992, Bill married Carol Freeman Bullard, and together they lived and loved until his last days.

Bill was a heavy equipment operator and retired from Opering Engineers after 25 years of service. He worked on highway and dam construction projects including Tiber Dam after the 1964 flood. Outside of work, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, going to the mountains to cut wood and the love of his family.

Bill is survived by his wife Carol Duffey; daughter Elaine (Stacy) Schram; sons Patrick (Cheryl) Duffey, Donald (Bonnie) Breding; daughter-in-law Archie Breding; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife Katherine Duffey, son Delbert Breding, his parents and five siblings.

Bill will be forever missed, but never forgotten. The people his life graciously touched will remember him in their hearts; and he will live on in the memories of his loving family and many friends.


A memorial fund to help defray the medical and funeral expenses has been set up at Stockman Bank. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to any Stockman Bank. Please make checks out to the Bill Duffey Memorial.