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Richard A. Dupont

September 7, 1926 ~ August 27, 2019 (age 92)
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Richard A. Dupont, age 92 of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 27, 2019 at Glenn Park of Defiance.   
He was born on September 7, 1926 to Frank and Edith (Balskey) Dupont in Defiance, Ohio. On December 23, 1948  he married the love of his life, Audrey (VanDemark) Dupont, who preceded him in death on October 18, 2006.

Eager to serve his country, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He proudly served on the Battleship South Dakota, during WWII in 1944-45.

A life long resident of Defiance, Richard was very social and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Elks Lodge #147, and VFW #3360. He and his wife Audrey enjoyed card clubs, square dancing, and spending time at their cottage on Devil's Lake. 

Richard also owned and operated his own business, Dupont Plumbing & Heating for over 30 years, retiring in 1999. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed fishing, squirrel hunting, and trap shooting.  

Richard is survived by his son, Richard (Sue) Dupont of Defiance, his daughter, Mary (the late Will) Nofzinger of Winter Haven, FL, granddaughters, Angelique (Trent) Dominique, Jenny (Chad) Harr, Julie (Charles) Sperry, Jill Palacio, Wendy Dupont, grandsons, Jason (Amber) Nofzinger and Andrew Nofzinger, 15 great-grandchildren, and several other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Audrey Dupont, and two great-grandsons.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am at Schaffer Funeral Home, with Pastor Kurt Mews officiating. Burial will take place at Riverview Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to Ft. Defiance Humane Society. Online condolences can be given at

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