Carl E. Duffner Jr.

May 22, 1954 ‒ May 25, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Carl Duffner Jr. understood the value of hard work and humility.  He was a man of many talents, yet he was simple and appreciative.  Carl was a genuine, kind family-man.

No longer bound by the ailments of this life, Carl E. Duffner, Jr. passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Avita Hospital Ontario following an extended illness.  He had just turned 65.

The son of Carl E. Duffner, Sr. and Thelma (Ridenour) Duffner, Carl was born May 22, 1954 in Mansfield and graduated from Ontario in 1972.  While in high school Carl ran track and was a member of the 1971 Ontario men’s cross country team which finished 3rd in the state of Ohio.

Carl realized his dream to build his own home with the help of his family. He worked for several body shops throughout the years, and most recently was an autobody technician for Monarch Body Shop. He worked up until the time his body could work no longer.  From home renovation projects, to fixing vehicles and crafting furniture, Carl enjoyed working and creating with his hands.

He appreciated the outdoors, especially fishing.  Annually Carl and his father would fish in Canada and the Great Lakes.  He had a soft spot for dogs and always had a family pet.  Whether it be camping or cruising on a ship, Carl enjoyed relaxing with family and friends. Carl was an avid reader. Rarely would you see him without a book in hand.  Carl was also proud to be a certified pyrotechnician, where he brought joy to many during the Fourth of July area celebrations.  He was also always up for a bonfire, a good game of darts, horse shoes, ping pong or cornhole. He coached his children Brandon and Amanda, in both little league baseball and softball. Carl was a Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers fanatic.

Carl was a member of Emanuel Jacob Congregation in Mansfield.  More recently he cherished the role of grandpa; his grandchildren were the light of his life.  He was a man who left his imprint on so many lives.  Carl will be greatly missed.

Carl is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mindy (Podolny) Duffner of Mansfield; son Brandon (Tracy) Duffner of Hilton Head, South Carolina and daughter Amanda (Josh) Mottayaw of Mansfield; grandchildren Eli Duffner and Brylyn, Tatum, and Harper Mottayaw; parents Carl Duffner, Sr. and Thelma Duffner of Ontario; brothers Bruce Duffner (Sheri Koehler) of Columbus and Brett (Laura) Duffner of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; sister-in-law Angella (Danny) Stevens; nieces and nephews Cameron, Annica, Molly, Emily, Erik, and Ethan. He was preceded in death by his brother Tod Duffner.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Carl Duffner Jr. will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 5pm at Emanuel Jacob Congregation, 973 Larchwood Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44907.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the Duffner family with cremation services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:



  • Love you, my dear friend.
    My heart is always with you and Brandon and Amanda..
    Bruce and Carl are playing darts again.
    💜 Christy

  • Mindy and family… I am thinking of you all and remembering Carl Jr!! Love all of my Duffners
    ♥️ Traci, Poncho, Alexis and Cait

  • Sorry to read of Carl’s passing. My sympathy to all the Duffner family. God bless you all.

  • Mindy, Amanda, and Brandon, we are thinking about you all and sending prayers. So sorry for you loss!
    Eric, Jodi, and Jaxson Wellman

  • Mindy and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. Love, Amy and Scott

  • Dear Mindy, Amanda and families,
    We are thinking of you in this time of sorrow and loss. Carl was always helpful in keeping our cars running and giving us good advice. He will be remembered fondly. Much love and prayers. Linda and Ron Hetler

  • Mindy. Ron and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Carl passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Brandon, Amanda, and family. You were great neighbors. Linda and Ron

  • Dear Mindy and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Carl. You and the children are in our thoughts. God bless you all. Love, Bill and Linda Crockett

  • Mindy, Don and I are so sorry to hear about Carl. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mindy, Amanda, Brandon and families,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s/husband’s passing. Know you all will be in our families thoughts and prayers. I didn’t realize he had been ill. Sending you all hugs and hang on to the memories to help you through the darkest of times. With deepest sympathy, Cindy and Roy Pullum and family

  • Mindy, I am so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • You were the best friend I ever had. It did not matter me living in Arizona and coming back to Ohio it was as if we were never far apart. We always called and let each other know what we doing. Not once in our lives did you and I every have an argument about anything. It was as if we could read each other’s minds. I will miss you till the day I die.

  • Mindy and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending lots of love, hugs, and prayers your way. ❤️Sara Miller & Family

  • Mindy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Jerry and Tammy Hammett

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family. God bless you and yours.

  • Our prayers go out to this wonderful family. Melanie and I remember all the great times we had at Carl and Mindys house especially playing volleyball. Carl was a great friend and the best bodyman in town. You will be in our prayers.

  • Mindy and children, Carl and Thelma, we are so very sorry to learn of Carl Jr’s death. Our hearts are heavy for your loss and we are keeping you all in our prayers. May our Lord Jesus give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Much love to you all in this time of loss and sadness.

  • To the entire Duffner family,

    I was saddened to read of Carl’s passing. His absence will be felt for a long time by many. He touched so many people with his positive outlook on life! The memories of Carl will be with you forever no one can take those. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Deb Willhelm

  • To the Duffner Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. My prayers are with you. Your family touched so my lives and I am one of them. Remember, Carl will always be with you, for he will alway live in your heart,

  • I’m sorry for your family loss Mindy even though I only meet Carl a few times I always knew he was a great man, husband, and father to your kids. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Mindy, I have such a fond memory of hanging out at your brand new house with our young children and learning to play darts in your basement. Carl was so hospitable and welcoming. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mindy….please accept my heartfelt sympathies for the loss that Carl’s passing represents to you and your families. I’ll remember with fondness the good times and the not-so-good times that Carl and I shared during the past 50 or so years despite the distance between us most of that time. If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to let me know. God bless you all.

  • Dear Mindy,
    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Mindy,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugging you in my heart during this most difficult time.

  • Prayers your way, I worked with Carl many years. Good worker, and took pride in his work. Good Man. May the next door open for you.

    David Finnegan

  • Carl sure am gonna miss you. You always made sure i knew about the reunions and anything else. You will be missed.

  • Mindy & family. I am so very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very remarkable man. Sending prayers and good vibes

  • Thelma and family….
    So very sorry to hear of your son’s passing. I’ve been thinking about and praying for your family. Hoping God will hold you close in His arms
    Love to al..
    Cindy McCorkle