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Arthur W. "Chip" Duwe, age 69, of Byron Center, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at First And Main Metro Health village in Grand Rapids while surrounded by his family. The son of Arthur and Nancy (Bauer) Duwe, he was born on June 11, 1948 in Alma.
Chip graduated from Waynesburg Pennsylvania High School in 1966 and then proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years.
He graduated from Lake Superior State University, where his father was a professor of biology, in 1974 with a degree in psychology.
Chip worked for the State of Michigan for 28 years as a disability examiner until his retirement in 2002. Barb and Chip made their home in Traverse City until very recently.
Chip will be remembered as a kind and caring husband and father who loved to attend his children's school and sporting events and in later years loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of many sports.
He was a volunteer at the American Red Cross Northern Michigan, where he brought his homemade "Chip's Chocolates" for those who had donated blood and was named Blood Services Volunteer of the Year in 2016.
Chip was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; and son, Jeffrey Duwe.
Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, Barbara; son, Matthew (Amy) Duwe and their two children, Everett and Jasper; daughter, Kara (Thomas) Pike and their two children, Elaina and Miles; brother, Michael (Janis) Duwe and their three sons; sister, Mary (Neal) Dobberke and their two sons; two great-nephews; as well as uncle, aunts and cousins.
A memorial service to celebrate Chip's life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Hotel Indigo, 263 W. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Chip's name to their local humane society or to the American Red Cross.
To sign Chip's online guestbook or share a favorite memory, please visit www.MichiganCremation.com.
Published on September 3, 2017
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