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Kenneth “Dude” Durrett

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Kenneth “Dude” Durrett, age 73, was born August 5, 1944 and passed into life eternal on March 5, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Salem United Methodist Church in Dubach with Rev. Danny Baskin officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery near Simsboro under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
Dude was born in Palestine, TX. He and his family moved to Simsboro, LA when he was very young where he resided for the rest of his life. Dude graduated from Simsboro High School and was a star athlete who excelled at basketball and baseball. He continued his academic career and sports career at Louisiana Tech University, playing baseball and graduating with a degree in business administration. After graduation, Dude also played minor league baseball for a short time and even tried his hand at bull riding.
Dude put his degree to work immediately after college. He worked in a variety of business leadership positions, managing a poultry hatchery operation for Lou McGhee, running his own timber business, working as a field service representative for ConAgra, and eventually starting his own business raising chickens - an enterprise that he continued for over 20 years. Dude eventually returned to the timber business buying and selling land and timber.
Dude was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed pursuing the variety of game that was found in his beloved North Louisiana. Dude was blessed with incredible eyesight and the ability to notice the minor details about everything. As a young man, he used these abilities to hunt quail, rabbits, and squirrels. As more pine trees were planted on farms in the area and the landscape changed, deer became more common. Dude developed a passion for hunting deer. So much so that the family was relocated to the deer camps for months at a time throughout the hunting season while he and his son Clint pursued them. In later years, he developed a love for duck hunting and acquired the best equipment to pursue them. Dude did nothing by half measures.
Dude also excelled at fishing. As a young boy he begged his father to take him fishing on the local lakes and fished the Dugdemona Creek for catfish. Dude became one of the best crappie fishermen in the area, fishing in professional crappie tournaments and serving as a guide to professional baseball players. Dude, it was said, could think like a crappie. At one point he was even invited to be a guest on a fishing show, but declined because of the “time and trouble involved.” He enjoyed the quietness of the outdoors and the spiritual side of communing with nature.
Dude was baptized in Simsboro Baptist Church as a child and attended that church into adulthood. He later attended Trinity United Methodist Church with his wife Charlotte and his children Joanie and Clint. However, it was at a small country rock church that Dude found a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It was at the invitation of his good friend Nicky McCullin that he began to attend Salem United Methodist Church. He considered the church, and its members, his family.
A few words on a page is a poor representation of a life as rich and as full as Dude’s was. He was a hard worker, a smart businessman, a consummate hunter and fisherman, an excellent gardener, a gourmet cook, and a good father who showed his love for his family by what he provided for them. He was an eagle scout, a minor league baseball player, and saved the life of a drowning woman who offered him her house and her car, which he politely refused. He enjoyed solitude but had a dry wit and was a great story-teller. He also believed in honesty and fair play and had a tremendous drive to succeed at whatever he was doing. Finally, and most importantly, he was a Christian man who has now found the peace that we all long for in this world and cannot obtain until the next.
Dude is preceded in his passing by his parents: “Pete” and Mary Durrett; brother: Scotty Durrett; son: Clint Durrett and brother-in-law and dear friend: Charles Woods. He is survived by his wife: Charlotte (Cook) Durrett; daughter and son-in-law: Joanie and Doug Engemann; grandchildren: Don, Thomas and Emily Engemann, Cody Durrett, Zach Walthall and wife Amy, Kayla and husband Adam Howington and one great-grandchild, Ava Howington.
Serving as pallbearers will be Durrett Woods, Mark Woods, Lance Woods, Mikey Reeves, Dan Lord, Scott Bradshaw, Nicky McCullin and Mike Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Jewette Farley, Bobby Joe King, and Donald Willett.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston, LA. To leave an online memorial message for the family, please visit

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