Michael E. "Mike" Duda

October 19, 1941 - June 17, 2019
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Michael E. Duda, 77, of New Philadelphia, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 at his home following a 3-year battle with cancer.

Born October 19, 1941 in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Mike was the son of the late Frank A. and Alice “Q” (Evans) Duda. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dover.

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Michael E. Duda, 77, of New Philadelphia, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 at his home following a 3-year battle with cancer.

Born October 19, 1941 in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Mike was the son of the late Frank A. and Alice “Q” (Evans) Duda. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dover.

Mike and his wife, Johnnie, shared a bond built around a beautiful love story that began in 1986. Together, they celebrated 661 anniversaries on the 20th of every month as they sought to make up for lost time. Mike would often whisk Johnnie away on spontaneous getaways and leave little surprises for her to find throughout their home. He never ceased to introduce her as his “girlfriend”. He and Johnnie anticipated their spring getaways to Florida that seemed to get longer and longer every year until he could no longer make the trip due to his illness.

In spite of severe dyslexia and leaving the formal classroom in the eighth grade, Mike went on to be a successful business man, owning and operating Midtown Dry Cleaners for 30 years until his retirement in 2003. He remained involved in the business until earlier this year. Mike had an indescribable work ethic and his “rich at heart” mentality compelled him to always look for the opportunity to help those less fortunate.

Mike was passionate about everything he did. From chopping wood (You’ve all seen that wood pile!), preparing for deer camp each year, savoring the smell of a cup of coffee or the taste of a chocolate chip cookie – he enjoyed life to the fullest. His trademark phrase was “no exceptions” which drew 1,000 eye rolls from his kids, yet instilled in them the value of a job well done. He had a can do attitude that propelled him to do a back flip at family pool parties every year – even last year when he was sick.

Mike is survived by his wife of 32 1/2 years, Johnalee (Ellwood) Duda; 5 children, Michael A. Duda, Jr., of New Philadelphia, Robin (Mike) Bolon of Bowerston, Kiley (Mitch) Kendall of New Philadelphia, Travis (Hailey) Duda of Dover, and Kasey (Seth) Bassett of Dover; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his brother, Andy Duda of West Lafayette; and his sister, Donna McRobie of Fresno. Many nieces and nephews complete the family.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alice Duda; in-laws, John and Vera Ellwood; and son, Jeffrey.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Geib Funeral Center, 5600 N. Wooster Ave., Dover. A service celebrating Mike’s life will be held in the funeral home on Monday, June 24, 2019 beginning at 11 a.m. with Pastor Brian Flood officiating.

The family wishes to thank the medical staff at The Ohio State University James Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and Community Hospice. We are beyond grateful for the world class treatment and care they gave our husband, father, and grandfather.

Memorial contributions in Mike’s memory may be directed to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave., SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm

End Time: 5:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

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Date: Monday, June 24, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Sincere condolences to the Duda family in the loss of their loved one. May the loving thoughts and prayers of friends offer you comfort at this time of sorrow and grief. Know that our good Lord is taking care of your loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather now. May you feel His peace !
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Dianne, RN posted on 6/27/19

Kiley and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your father. Even though I only met him once I will remember his kind smile and humor but most of all the love he had for all of you. It was clear even to a stranger that he was a special man to all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers for healing. May his memories live on.


Rick Levengood posted on 6/24/19

Johnny and family I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and loved one. Take care and God bless you all.


Margaret(Peggy Pritz) Trolio posted on 6/23/19

Sincere condolences to the Duda family at this time of sorrow. May the caring thoughts and prayers of friends offer you comfort. Your precious husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather is in God’s loving care now. Peace be with you!


Frank Leone posted on 6/22/19

to the Mike Duda , family soo very sorry for your loss ,you have my deepest sympathy dureing this time of grief and sorrow , your in my thoughts and prayers ,Mike worked with my dad on the county ,and my wife and her sister ,worked for Mike


Tom Simmelink posted on 6/22/19

Very sorry for your loss.


Richard Frink posted on 6/21/19

Dear Kileyand Duda family, Please accept our deepest sympathy during the loss of your husband , father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Although we did not know your loved one personnally, we feel that we knew him through Kiley and through knowing what it is to go through chemo and serious health issues. May God wrap his arms around you during your time of grief and lift you up and give you strength. Richard and Patricia Frink


Jake and Mama Bates posted on 6/20/19

Dear Kasey and Seth and family, Sending our sincere condolences to you and the family.


Ella Marshall posted on 6/20/19

Johnnie, May you find peace & comfort in the memories and the love of family & friends as you walk this path of grief. Lifting you up in prayers. In the midst of sadness, somewhere, somehow, something will make you smile or laugh & help to lighten your burden. Caring, Ella Marshall


Tim Jones posted on 6/19/19

I’m so sorry Mike. Customer service is the reason we’ve been customers all these years. Cheryl and I will keep you in our prayers. I will talk to you soon Take care- Tim Jones


Connie & Bob Ciekanski posted on 6/19/19

Johnnie, Mike Jr. and family: So sorry for your loss of Mike. I know he was a great husband and loved you to the moon and back! Johnnie, you have been a rock the past three years and we are here for you!


John Hare posted on 6/19/19

Sorry to see my confirmation sponsor leave this earth. Sincerely, John M. Hare, Austin, TX, Melbourne, FL


Larry and Linda Clawson posted on 6/19/19

We're so sorry for your loss. Our Sympathy and Prayers are with you and all of your Family at this time. Please know that others care,


Cecily Davis Fincher posted on 6/18/19

My sincerest condolences to Johnalee and the entire Duda family. Cecily Davis Fincher


Gabby posted on 6/18/19

Love you grandpa you will be missed


LuAnn Kail posted on 6/18/19

To the Duda family. So sorry for your lost. Mike will be remembered buy all his customer's,staff, family and friends. I worked for Mike and he was a great boss. Miss you Mike. Rest in peace .


Judy Adams Schrock posted on 6/18/19

Remembering Mike from our school years and beyond. He was a great fellow who will be missed but forever remembered by all who knew him.


Mark and Patti DeVault posted on 6/18/19

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for comfort during this time.


Teresa Everett posted on 6/18/19

Very sorry for your loss. Met Mike many years ago. Very nice man and freat businessman as well. He will be missed by many.


Doug wright posted on 6/18/19

Sorry for your loss Doug Wright and family


Jacci Morvatz posted on 6/18/19

Very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man.


Penny Howard posted on 6/18/19

Love you Kaci Duda? enjoy the memories. Penny, Tyler and Keaton


Jenna Stemple posted on 6/18/19

Dear Johnnie, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers our w/you and your family at this very difficult time. Truly, Dale snd Jenna Stemple


Karen and Jack Ghezzi posted on 6/18/19

Dear Duda Family, So sorry for the loss of husband,father, grandfather and great grandfather. My God wrap His arms around you to give you comfort, while you are hurting and grieving. You will always carry the great memories with you in your heart. Sincerely, Karen and Jack Ghezzi


Leesa Welfley posted on 6/18/19

My sympathies to you all as you mourn the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Prayers for comfort at this sad time.


Sue Hummel posted on 6/18/19

I am sorry sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days...and beyond.


Sally Barnett posted on 6/18/19

Johnnie and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Mike. He was a great man and will be remembered by many. Love and prayers go out to all of you at this time of loss. Love, Sally Korns Barnett