The Obit For Duffy Harbaugh

Marvin D. "Duffy" Harbaugh

Published in The Joplin Globe from 12/5/2009 - 12/6/2009

SENECA, Mo. — Marvin D. "Duffy" Harbaugh, age 76, of Seneca, Mo., passed away at 1:12 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, following a two-month illness.

Duffy was born Feb. 17, 1933, in Joplin, and had lived in Seneca most of his adult life. He retired from Teledyne in Neosho in 1995, after 37 years of service.

He was a 1951 graduate of Joplin High School and was a member of the 1950 State Championship Basketball team. That team was later inducted into the Joplin Sports Authority Hall of Fame.

Duffy played professional baseball for the New York Yankees organization for two years. He was also an avid golfer.

Duffy served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was a 51-year member of the First Baptist Church of Seneca and had served as a deacon. Duffy married Mary Lou Harris Jan. 26, 1957, in Joplin, Mo., and she survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Darryl Harbaugh and wife, Annette, Neosho, Mo.; one daughter, Becky Lamar and husband, Terry, Seneca; seven grandchildren, Brian Heckart, Jeremy Harbaugh, Jennifer Ginger, Jodie Lannon, Alan Lamar, Jill Blair and Stephen Lamar; 13 great-grandchildren, Justin, Brock, Bryant, Shelby, Gracie, Colton, Christopher, Hagen, Ashtyn, Avyn, Barrett, Mitchell and Tate. His grandchildren and his great-grandchildren were the love of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Irene Harbaugh; a brother, J.L. Harbaugh; and a sister, Marilyn Pierce. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Seneca with the Rev. Jim Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Seneca Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brian Heckart, Jeremy Harbaugh, Alan Lamar, Stephen Lamar, Rusty Ginger, Jerimiah Lannon and Andy Blair. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Seneca.

Memorial contributions are requested to the First Baptist Church Community Food Pantry in care of the Mortuary.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, Mo. Online condolences may be made at