joseph  duco, iii
Joseph R. Duco, III, 55, of Toronto, OH, formerly of Weirton, WV, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Steubenville, OH. He was born April 26, 1964, in Steubenville, OH, the son of the late Joseph R. and Nancy Bruno Duco. A standout athlete of the Weirton Madonna Class of 82, Joe graduated from West Virginia University in 1986. After graduation, Joe accepted a job with Gary Player, where he was a lead architect, designing golf courses worldwide. He was also recently a civil engineer with Sheffler & Co. He will be remembered with love by his wife, Rena Koski Duco of Toronto, OH; step-daughters Samantha (Tim) Provenzano of Weirton and Ali White of Toronto, OH; sisters Daria (Michael) Lutz of Lexington, KY and Nancy (Steve) Montgomery of Pickerington, OH; granddaughter, Bianca Provenzano; his nieces and nephews, Chelsea Lutz, Michael Lutz, II, Emily and Abbey Montgomery; brother in law, Brian Koski ; his mother in law, Peggy Clark; and many friends who loved him. Friends will be received Wednesday 4 – 7 PM at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Share tributes and memories at 304-748-3219.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. As one of his former teachers, I often remember thinking that if I ever had a son, I hope he’s like Joe Duco.

  2. My heartfelt sympathies are with the family. Joe was always my good friend in school and we had many great times, all of us who grew up together. May you find comfort in your shared times and may the memories stay close to your hearts.

  3. God Bless you Joey. You were the best friend anyone could hope for. You were a creative genius as I witnessed your ability to create some of the best golf course grading plans and golf courses that have ever been designed. Your talent and passion for your craft was an inspiration. Adrienne and I will miss you dearly. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to your family. May you rest in peace.

  4. Rena, I am in Nashville this week so will not be able to visit with you but I will be thinking of you and your family. Love, Michelle 💖💖💖💖💖

  5. Joe was a talented course designer, fun to be around, great part of our team at Gary Player Design. He is missed. Jim Applegate

  6. My deepest sympathy to your family. I’ve known Joey since he worked at Willams Country Club over 30 years ago or so. What a wonderful kind soul he had, loved his family and friends. I moved to Weirton in 1983 and he was one of my best friends then, whether we went out to DeeJays, to the old Marriott by the airport dancing, golfing or just hanging out at our house on Marland Heights, we had a lot of fun together. When he moved to Florida my friend and I went down to visit him and always enjoyed his company! He used to call me “ Bunny” have no idea where the nickname came from but ran into him at a Toronto football game a couple years ago, happened to be standing right beside me along the fence and took me by surprise by saying “ Hi Bunny!” Of all the places to be at the game, I was thrilled to run into him! Joey was a great friend who I will really miss. He was so talented at what he did , so smart, hard working and just a great all around person. Rest In Peace my dear friend! With much love, Sherri Barber aka “Bunny”

  7. Joey and I met at WVU, we bartended together at The Dungeon. I was living in Florida working as a Recreational Therapist when Joey got the job at GPD and he bunked with me and a friend while he got set up. We had a WVU group in WPB and we compared ourselves to a long running Friends episode. Holidays and Hurricanes were spent together. Adding friends and significant others along the way to our group. When Tim and I started dating Duc’s would say careful Zuman she’s Bent grass in Florida. A joke only two Golf Course Architects would understand. We loved his laugh, his silly side and his ability to crack us up! We all loved to break bread at each others apartments, often only a few doors down from each other. Our deepest sympathy to all who loved and adored him. An artist, a music man, a friend.

  8. Heartbroken to hear this. Met Joey in Morgantown and can honestly say couldn’t have meet a gentler soul. He had a way. Always had me smiling or laughing . To this day, 30+ years later, I Often look back on one particular round of golf with Joe at Woodview and shake my head…and laugh.. God Bless you Joey and your family.

  9. So sad to hear this!!…. many great times hanging with Ducs while he was DJing at Izzy’s!!! I know he worked designing golf courses and have heard nothing short of brilliant in people explaining his many talents! Rest In Peace Joe! My sympathies to your family! God Bless Memories Eternal!

  10. Joe was a good looking, kind guy and I knew him in 1985 at WVU! He was such a big personality with his group of Izzy boys! He will be missed!!!

  11. My condolences to all of Joey’s family. I will always remember his gentle nature , kindness & big smile. Rest In Peace Joe.

  12. My heart was deeply saddened when I heard this news. I’ve known Joey for over 40 years. Joey was a very hard worker and a very talented young man. I will always cherish the good times we’ve shared playing basketball,golf,Izzy’s,a simple talk or a spaghetti dinner at his mom and dads. May You Rest In Peace Joe! My heartfelt sympathies to you Rena and your family. God Bless You All.

  13. Joey was such a great guy. I’ve known him since I was 3 years old. I know having Nancy’s friends around wasnt great for him but he would always stop and talk to us. He was so loved by so many. Big Nancy & Big Joe are awaiting you with open arms 💗

  14. My deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in Jehovah God’s promise to soon end all our suffering and swallow up death forever (Revelation 21:3-5; Isaiah 25:8). Peace to you during this difficult time.

  15. I couldn’t be more sad and sorry for his family. Joey and I used to run the old Weir High School stadium steps in downtown Weirton together regularly in the summer when we were in high school. I will always love and cherish the time we spent together. Tom Harper Bridgeport WV

  16. My mom passed away in April of 2016. She always enjoyed sitting on her front porch. The last few years she was alive Joey used to stop by occasionally and sit on the porch talking with her. She loved him like a son. Tom Harper

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