Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 30th at 4 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Lay Minister Seth Hoeppner of Faith Lutheran Church officiating. Military rites will be conducted following the service at the funeral home.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials in Carl’s name may be made to Marquardt Hospice.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Carl Duane was born in Elroy, WI on November 30, 1936, son of Alvin and Josephine (MoCarski) Duckworth.
On January 7, 1961, he married the former Joanne Sosnowski in Cicero, IL.
Carl graduated from Adams Friendship High School in 1956 and studied Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Platteville for 2 ½ years. He served in the United States Army for 2 ½ years, a SP 4th Class, stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Division.
Carl’s most memorable work was the Industrial & Mechanical Engineering job on the Guantanamo Bay water distillation system project working on the Cooper Bessemer Stationary Engines for GE.
Carl pitched in organized baseball/softball for 68 years and pitched in softball for 37 years. He started pitching hard ball when he was 8 years old for Little League. During high school, he pitched a game in the state finals as his Adams-Friendship team took third place at state in 1955, just one game away from the State Hardball Championship. He went on to play for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, then went into the Army and continued playing where his team out of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, won the third divisional Army Championship fast-pitch in Fort Bragg, NC. After being discharged in 1962, Carl played adult baseball in a league based around the Wisconsin Rapids area. Carl’s softball experiences in Watertown over the past 37 years include tournaments, travels and trophies galore. He played and won a Gold Medal in the Senior Olympics in St. George UT in 2002. Just prior to that at the age of 65, he was on an over 55 team, and they won a couple of tournaments. A First Place Medal in the Milwaukee Senior Olympics was also won.
Carl is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joanne Duckworth of Watertown; his son, Dan (Carol) Duckworth of Eagle River, as well as other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.