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Arthur W. “Chip” Duwe, age 69, of Byron Center, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at First And Main Metro Health village in Grand Rapids, surrounded by his family. 

The son of Arthur & Nancy (Bauer) Duwe, he was born on June 11, 1948 in Alma. Chip graduated from Waynesburg Pennsylvania High School in 1966 and then proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years. He graduated from Lake Superior State University, where his father was a professor of biology, in 1974 with a degree in psychology. Chip worked for the State of Michigan for 28 years as a Disability Examiner  until his retirement in 2002. Barb and Chip made their home in Traverse City, until very recently.

Chip will be remembered as a kind and caring husband and father who loved to attend his children’s school and sporting events, and in later years loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of many sports. He was a volunteer at the American Red Cross Northern Michigan where he brought his homemade “Chip’s Chocolates” for those who had donated blood, and was named Blood Services Volunteer of the Year in 2016.

Chip was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-laws; and son, Jeffrey Duwe. Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, Barbara; son, Matthew (Amy) Duwe and their two children, Everett and Jasper; daughter, Kara (Thomas) Pike and their two children, Elaina and Miles; brother, Michael (Janis) Duwe and their three sons; sister, Mary(Neal) Dobberke and their two sons; two great nephews; as well as uncle, aunts and cousins.

A memorial service to celebrate Chip’s life will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30th at Hotel Indigo, 263 W Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Chip’s name to their local Humane Society or to American Red Cross. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Arthur’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: 

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. D'Ann E Runk on August 29, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Love to you all. Chip was one of my favorites. Always had Mylanta at work for my upset stomachs. A great buddy.

  2. John and Jeanne Bennin on August 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    We are so sorry Barb. Please know that our prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Kathy Jackson on August 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Matt & Family – Praying for your comfort & peace during this difficult time of loss. With caring sympathy, Kathy Jackson – SSA Co-worker

  4. Harvey 'n Judy Russell on January 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I have searched for you several times throughout the years… found too late. My heart hurts.

    Barb, I have no words that will explain how sad I feel this morning.

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