Duane Paul Isom

December 02, 1941 ‒ May 29, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Duane Paul Isom, of Marion, died peacefully at his son’s home in Waldo, Ohio, on May 29th at age 79, surrounded by family. He is now reunited with his late wife, Joyce, the great love of his life.  Duane was a kind, generous and humble man with a great sense of humor.  A lifelong, devoted Catholic and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, his faith was his foundation and a leading example to the family that he and Joyce built together.

Born Dec. 2, 1941 in Burlington, IA, Duane was the son of Howard R. and Catherine Elizabeth (Simmons) Isom. He graduated from Marion Catholic High School in 1960. Duane earned football and track accolades throughout high school.  As a senior the Marion Star chose Duane as the number one student athlete in Marion, Ohio for that year. He attended college at St. Bonaventure in Olean, NY, before volunteering and reporting for duty in the U.S. Air Force.

Duane earned the Air Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Vietnam, where he participated in many flight combat missions. A cherished possession was a letter of thanks written to him by young Vietnamese students to whom he taught English during his off duty hours.

Duane and Joyce met and married in Toledo, Ohio in 1966. They moved to Petersburg, Mich. to help manage a family-owned hardware store. Duane volunteered many years with the Petersburg Fire Department, where he made cherished, lifelong friends. A loyal Buckeye and constant fan, he enjoyed the friendly rivalry that existed there during football season.

His approachable, self-effacing manner helped Duane throughout life as he excelled in sales for Maintenance Engineering (ME) and for several auto dealerships. A job with ME moved the family to Fargo, ND, until they returned to Marion in 1984. Early in retirement, he worked for Home Depot, and more recently volunteered to help serve lunch at St. Mary’s elementary school.

Duane is survived by his children: Leslie (Steve) Raabe of Annapolis, MD, Julie Isom of Albany, NY and Andrew (Amy) Isom of Waldo; five grandchildren: Martin and Marcus Raabe; Emersyn, Oliver and Ireland Isom; siblings: J. George (Rena) Isom, Richard Isom and Theresa (Bill) Blackledge; also surviving are nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Duane is preceded in death by siblings Jerald, Glen and Phillip Isom.

Visitation will be Wednesday June 2, 2021 at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 9AM to 10:30AM; Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 11AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

If desired, donations may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society of Marion or St. Mary’s Church.

The Isom family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Capital City Hospice for the exceptional care they provided to Duane and all of the family.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Isom family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Lesley, Julie and Andy.
    I have so many cherished memories of Uncle Duane all thru out my life. He was very special to me. My kids reminded me of the reunion in TN and we danced to “lady in red”.
    My heartfelt condolence to your entire families.

    Love and sympathy.

  • Duane was a pleasure to wait on at BP every morning when he came to get his newspapers.

  • Andy & Amy,
    Very sorry to learn this news. May the peace of our Lord fill you with his blessing of comfort during this time of loss.

  • Andy,

    So sorry for the loss if your dad. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Rick, Laurie, Caroline and Lucy Smith

  • Andy, Amy & children,

    Praying for you all during this time. I am sorry for the loss of your father.
    Love Cliff & Julie Branstetter