Gerald Ducotey |

Gerald Ducotey

Memorial services for Gerald “Dud” Ducotey of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge.

Mr. Ducotey died Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Grass Valley after a brief illness. He was 88.

He was born on Aug. 31, 1914, in Grass Valley, to Nellie and Frank Ducotey, and was one of six children. He married Avern Bond Lemich on July 3, 1946, at her family’s home on North Auburn St. in Grass Valley. During his career he worked in the Grass Valley gold mines until accepting a job in Leadville, Colo., as a mine superintendent for Newmont Mining Corp. When the mine closed, he returned to Grass Valley with his family and worked at the Empire Mine as a master mechanic until it closed. He then worked for Aerojet Corp. for many years, until he retired. Upon retirement, he bought and maintained Mac’s Machine Shop in Auburn before selling the shop in the late 1970s. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and camping. He also enjoyed reading, traveling on the bus with his friends to Reno, playing pinochle, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Grass Valley Elks and past president of the Grass Valley Sportsmen.

He is survived by his children Warren Ducotey of Grass Valley, Christine and Robert Thomas of Grass Valley and Michael and Rolene Lemich of Reno, Nev.; sisters Louise Kanzler of Sacramento and Irma Wasley of West Virginia; brother, Lester Ducotey of Grass Valley; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Avern, in 1999; and grandson John Lemich in 1991.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sierra Services for the Blind, 546 Searls Ave., Nevada City 95959.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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