Duchene, William Rene "Bill" II

National Guard Veteran Was Chief Product Engineer For 2 Companies

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Bill Duchene
Bill Duchene

William Rene (Bill) Duchene II passed away peacefully at home on October 4, 2017. He was 88 years old.

He was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, in Cincinnati. When he was two years old, his parents moved their family to Chattanooga in Hamilton County. He always liked to point that out to people. He lived in the Chattanooga - Hixson area ever since. 

Bill was chief product engineer for two local companies. One company was a gas and electric appliance company, the other was a lighting and fireplace equipment company. He held a patent on a fireplace damper which he invented.

Bill served in the Tennessee National Guard (115 F.A.) for eight years, attaining the rank of master sergeant. In 1960, he started his own business as a manufacturer's agent representing the construction and manufacturing industries. 

Bill retired from the business world in 1990 to enjoy fun travels with J.L., his lovely wife of 65 years. He was of the Presbyterian faith and was a charter member of a local church where he served as a deacon. He was an artist who created wonderful sculptures out of matchsticks. He loved the outdoors and held extreme love for his family.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jimmie Lou; his son, William Rene Duchene III; sisters, Violette Melvin and Marilyn Greene; brother, Leroy Duchene; nephew, David Duchene, and parents Cecilia and David Hunter. 

He is survived by his daughter, Cecelia Duchene, his friend who was like a son, Lucius Hilley, and grandson, William Duchene IV. 

The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Chattanooga who gave such good care to Bill in his final days. 

Arrangements are by Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8911 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy Daisy, 423 843-2525.

Share your memories, stories and photos at www.legacyfuneralhome.com.

Bill Duchene
Bill Duchene

David Lindsay Bishop, Jr.

Williams, Shirley

Vaughn, Bruce Edward


David Lindsay Bishop, Jr., 86, a resident of Chattanooga, passed away October 21, 2018. He was born on Dec. 21, 1931, to the late Annie Elizabeth and David L. Bishop Sr. David was a ... (click for more)

Shirley Williams, 67, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Chattanooga. Arrangements will be announced by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995. (click for more)

Bruce Edward Vaughn, 81, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers, and ... (click for more)


Obituaries

David Lindsay Bishop, Jr.

David Lindsay Bishop, Jr., 86, a resident of Chattanooga, passed away October 21, 2018. He was born on Dec. 21, 1931, to the late Annie Elizabeth and David L. Bishop Sr. David was a former employee at the Chattanooga Times from 1951 till 1982. In 1979 he and Lydia, who were avid runners, opened Bishop’s Running Center on Cassandra Smith Road. He won more than 200 medals ... (click for more)

Williams, Shirley

Shirley Williams, 67, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Chattanooga. Arrangements will be announced by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995. (click for more)

Area Obituaries

Pickett, Truman "Wayne" (Cleveland)

Truman “Wayne” Pickett, 80, of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Bradley County. He was retired from Starkey Printing and also served in the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department for seven years. He was a co-founder of the Main Street Cruiser’s Car Club. Wayne was a member of McDonald United ... (click for more)

King, Jeffrey Lynn (Cleveland)

Jeffrey Lynn King, 54, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday morning, October 21, 2018, at his home. He was born on Nov. 13, 1963. Jeffrey was a gifted mechanic who loved racing and sent many weekends at the Cleveland Speedway. He also worked for many local auto detail shops in his lifetime and enjoyed fishing in his spare time. He was preceded ... (click for more)

Breaking News

WWTA Releases Timetable That Would Have Ooltewah Sewage Treatment Plant In Operation By 2025; Public Meetings Set At Central High

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority has released a timetable that would have a new sewage treatment plant in Ooltewah in operation by 2025. A request for a site at Mahan Gap Road goes before the Planning Commission at Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. It goes to the County Commission Zoning Committee on Dec. 12 and the full commission on Dec. 19. The WWTA also ... (click for more)

Downtown Post Office Finally Getting Handicap Ramp

Chattanooga's Downtown Post Office, after some lawsuits and numerous complaints over the years, is finally getting a handicap ramp. Federal Judge Sandy Mattice said the complaints had increased in recent months and the General Services Administration agreed to fund the project at the historic building on Georgia Avenue. The judge said, "It's a beautiful building, but it's ... (click for more)