Andrew Nick Duzik

1920 -- 2007


Andrew "Andy" Nick Duzik was born July 22, 1920, in Craig on the family ranch. Andy passed away April 4, 2007, in Craig at age 86.

He was the 11th child of Andrew and Anna (Petrichko) Duzik. He received his elementary education in Breeze Basin Country schools with his older siblings. He graduated from Craig High School in June 1939.

Andy enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1940 and was honorably discharged in 1945. While serving his country during World War II, he was stationed in Pearl Harbor on the day it was bombed. Being a Pearl Harbor survivor was something he rarely spoke of, but he gave the newspaper and radio an account of the action.

Andrew was a lifelong resident of Moffat County, working for Siebott Hardware and later for Yampa Valley Electric. He retired in 1988.

Andy married Edna Joan Simonton on Nov. 30, 1946, in Craig. To this union, three children were born: Carol Ann, Gail Christine and Patrick Duane.

Andy was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus VFW, Elks and The Craig Square Dance Club. Andy loved to fish and hunt. He was also a member of several bowling leagues.

Andy is survived by his wife, Joan; son Pat and his wife, Betty Ann, of Craig; daughters Carol Ann and her husband, Dale Whicker, of Bloomfield, N.M., and Gail and her husband, Bobby Cervera, of Junction City, Kan.

Andy is also survived by nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Marshall, of Sparks, Nev., and Jewell Callahan, of Craig.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Mike and George; six sisters, Mary Tomoff, Kay Milligan, Ann McMichael, Rose Poff, Helen Jones, Josephine Fagg and each of their spouses.

The Rosary was recited by Father Jose Saenz on April 9, 2007, at St. Michael Catholic Church. A funeral mass was held April 10, 2007, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father Jose Saenz.

Music was provided by Dave Hainault and soloist Celeste Sanchez. Special selections were "Be Not Afraid," "On Eagles Wings" and "Amazing Grace."

Interment followed in the family plot at the Craig Cemetery. Pallbearers for Andy were his nephews, Duke Duzik, Tim Duzik, Glenn Duzik, Jim Hume, Mike Duzik and Don Jones.

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