RAY D. DURBIN | JULY 18, 1922 - MAY 12, 2013

Former Griffith man was public servant

2013-06-08T00:00:00Z Former Griffith man was public servantBY CHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The only thing Ray Durbin loved more than serving the public was being with his family.

"He had a lifelong interest in public service," said his son, Bob Durbin.

He began as a member of the Griffith Town Council, and became its president at age 32.

Ray D. Durbin, 90, of Woodstock, IL, formerly of Griffith, died May 12.

He also devoted 16 years as the town's police commissioner, his son noted, adding that he later was on the police commission in Woodstock.

Durbin was also on the Lake County Library Board of Trustees and served terms as president and as vice president, his son said.

He later was president of the library board in Montgomery, IL.

Bob Durbin said he and his three siblings grew up in Griffith as their father was a technical analyst for Amoco.

"They lived in Griffith for 30 years" until Amoco moved his job to Naperville.

Durbin attended Bowen High School in Chicago, where "he and my mom, Maxine (deceased), were high school sweethearts," Bob Durbin said.

They had a loving marriage for 67 years.

"I don't think it's any coincidence that he died on Mother's Day," their son said.

Durbin's pride and joy was his four kids, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

"The last few years of his life, he spent a lot of time with them," his son said.

Durbin was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and was on the committee that built the church in Griffith in 1959, his son said.

For that reason, Durbin's funeral was in that church.

"I thought that would be a nice way to come full circle," Bob Durbin said.

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