COTTONWOOD: Henry R. Duclos, 88 of Cottonwood passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on May 6, 1932 to Dominic and Marie (Lightfield) Duclos on the family farm in Cottonwood.
He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and continued onto St. Gertrude’s Academy where he graduated in 1950. Shortly after graduation he was drafted and spent two years in the U.S. Army.
Following his time in the military, he spent his winters in Portland, OR with his sisters and worked as a janitor, service station attendant, and laborer at the steel foundry. He spent summers working on the family farm. In the mid 1950’s he purchased his father’s dairy.
On February 6, 1960 he married the love of his life Marlene Lorentz. They truly lived out their vows “For better or worse and in sickness and in health” for over 60 years. They worked side by side to tend to their 11 children, crops, and cattle.
He was a selfless man and led by example. He demonstrated self sacrifice, and the importance of faith and family. He loved to visit and took a genuine interest in other people’s lives.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Scott, Sisters, Heidi Taylor, Marie Taylor
and Janice Lustig and a brother, Bernard Duclos and 3 infant brothers.
Henry was a man of faith and proudly admitted that family was one of his biggest accomplishments. He is survived by his wife Marlene. Children; Brennan (Connie) Duclos, Maureen (David Lang) Duclos, Shannon (Dave) Taugher, Shelly (James) Schwartz, Mike (Tara) Duclos, Molly (Nick) Seubert, Craig (Darbie) Duclos, Andy (Pam) Duclos, Kari (Thomas) Holman, Chris (Stephanie) Duclos. His sister Eleanor Kuther. 35 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
We would like to thank Dr Sigler, Dr. Justin Jones, St. Mary’s Staff and Syringa Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for Henry.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral
Home, Grangeville. A rosary will be recited Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:30 am at the St.
Mary’s Catholic Church, Cottonwood with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 am.
Interment will take place at Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements
are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences for the
family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the “Sister Mary’s Children,” PO Box 809, McCall, ID 83638.