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F. Duane Boriff

Birth Date: October 31, 1932
Death Date: February 10, 2019

Decatur – F. Duane Boriff, 86, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Duane was born October 31, 1932 in Grundy County, MO, the son of Forrest G. and Elnora (Wood) Boriff. He graduated from Trenton High School, attended Trenton Junior College and the University of Illinois. Duane then joined the U.S. Army serving from February 1953 until February 1955 spending 16 months in Korea. He worked as an engineer at Caterpillar retiring in 1990 after 35 years. He was a member of Chapter 21 Korean War Veterans Association, American Legion, 10 year member of Macon County Honor Guard, Golden K Kiwanis, Elks and Moose. Duane was an active assistant coach of girls’ softball teams. He loved to golf and ballroom dance. He married Nancy Ann Woodruff on November 22, 1958 in Decatur.

Duane is survived by his wife, Nancy of Decatur; children: Robert (Tanya) Boriff of Decatur and Diane Otta of Decatur; grandchildren: Brialynn Boriff, Shelby Otta and Courtney Boriff; great grandsons: Bryer and Mason Ellrick; step-grandchildren: Brittany Mathias and Trenton Brennan.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Glenda Doty and Pauline Mills.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Graveside services with military rites conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard will be 11 am Thursday, February 14, 2019 at North Fork Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Macon County Honor Guard or Golden K Kiwanis.

The family of Forrest D. “Duane” Boriff is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

February 13, 2019
5:00 pm
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Graveside Service
February 14, 2019
11:00 am
North Fork Cemetery
Decatur, IL
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  1. Duane Boriff

    Written by: Larry M Pickett

    Nancy & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. I have a lot of great memories of our daughters playing softball in the Country Girls Softball League. We always had a great time and enjoyed the action filled games. Duane was always a class act. He will be greatly missed. Larry M Pickett.

  2. Dear Boriff family, I am very sorry to hear of Duane passing. We will be praying for you all as you mourn your loss. I always respected Duane he was great neighbor and I loved coaching against him. He always had a good team.
    I wish I could be there tomorrow, unfortunately I have just started a new job in MI so I will miss seeing all of you.
    May God’s love comfort you.

  3. Neighbor

    Written by: Donna L. (Marshall) Chaney

    Nancy and family,
    Was sorry to see that Duane died know you loss. I will pray for you and the family. I will tell mother but she is having some health problems herself. Sorry but will not be able to come to visitation or the funeral as mother is not able to get out, we are not leaving her alone by herself any longer.

  4. In Memory of a Great Man

    Written by: Nick, Diane, and Steven Barno

    Our sincerest sympathy to you all. Duane was a great man, and left a great family to spread his memories.

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