A.J. (Duffy) Hamren

1921 — 2010

A.J. (Duffy) Hamren, 88, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2010, of age related causes.

Beloved husband of his recently passed wife of 67 years, Vernita, whose memorial service was held the day before. Survived by his brother Arnold (Bud) Hamren and wife Helen, of Minneapolis. Loving father to Joyce Horman of New York City, and Jerome Hamren of Eugene, Ore. Father-in-law to Nancy Van Brasch, also of Eugene, Ore. Beloved grandfather of Emily Hamren Recht and Meredith Hamren. Son of the late Marie and Arnold Hamren of Kiester, Minn.

Duffy was a cherished personality in the communities in which he resided, and left a wake of friends in each, who kept up with him regardless of how near or far away he lived. Duffy served in the U.S. Army in New Guinea in WWII. When he returned home, he and his wife launched themselves into the grocery business in southern Minnesota, which started in a small store in Mansfield, and grew for over 30 years, culminating in a supermarket called Duffy’s SuperFair in Owatonna.

In each community, Duffy contributed to the business growth of the town and in Owatonna, participated in the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Jaycees, VFW, American Legion, Masons, Shriners and the Elks. In 2003, for the celebration of the 150 year anniversary of the town of Owatonna, Duffy was named Grand Marshal of the parade, as a tribute to his long-time community service. Duffy and Vernita moved to Eugene Oregon for their retirement to be near their grandchildren in 1984, and spent 26 years in the blissful company of their family, good neighbors and friends, and sometimes great golfing partners.

When Vernita developed a difficult illness late in life, Duffy visited her every day without fail. Theirs was a story of deep love. They couldn’t be separated, and three weeks after Vernita passed on, Duffy joined her. A memorial service will be held at 856 Fairway View Drive, on May 23 at 1 p.m. Cards or tributes/anecdotes to be read at the memorial, may be sent to the family, care of J. Hamren, 1315 Ravenwood Drive, Eugene, OR 97401.

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