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Richard "Dick" Duke

July 21, 1934 February 3, 2018
Richard "Dick" Duke
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Obituary for Richard "Dick" Duke

Richard “Dick” Duke, 83, longtime resident of Ludlow, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018. Born in Northampton, son of the late William and Esther (Howard) Duke, he was a graduate of Greenfield H.S. and received his BA from Nathaniel Hawthorne College. Dick was a United States Army Veteran proudly serving his country during the Korean War. During his service, he was a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 803rd E.A.B. and transferred to S.C.A.R serving in England from 1953-1956. He was employed in the banking industry, was a controller of Bendix Corp in Greenfield, and was also the co-founder of Compass Professional Services for personal emergency response systems. Dick was a faithful communicant of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Ludlow and currently of St. Cecilia Parish in Wilbraham, and was also a member of Knight of Columbus Council #10195. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf with his friends and his son. Dick was the beloved husband of 59 years to Kathleen (Kelly) Duke; a devoted father to Teresa Duke Forker, of Ludlow, and Thomas Duke and wife Erika, of Palmer; an adoring Grampy to Thomas Forker, Kathleen Forker, Victoria Duke and husband Abe Khorasani, and Jason Duke and wife Jessica; a dear brother to the late Shirley Pielock, Joan Kosuda, Robert Duke, and Earl Duke; and also leaves many loving extended family members and dear friends including his nephew Jay Kelly and wife Elizabeth. Funeral services for Dick will be held on Thursday, February 8th at 10:00 from Ludlow Funeral Home with Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Cecilia Parish followed by burial with Military Honors in MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam at 1:00pm. Visitation will precede the funeral on Thursday From 9:00-10:00am and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s Memory to St. Cecilia Parish Building Fund 42 Main St. Wilbraham, Ma. 01095.

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Visitation

Thursday

8

Feb

9:00 AM 2/8/2018 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 2/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
Ludlow Funeral Home

432 East St.
Ludlow, MA 01056

Ludlow Funeral Home
432 East St. Ludlow 01056 MA
United States

Funeral Liturgy

Thursday

8

Feb

11:00 AM 2/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Cecilia's Parish

42 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095

St. Cecilia's Parish
42 Main Street Wilbraham 01095 MA
United States

Graveside

Thursday

8

Feb

1:00 PM 2/8/2018 1:00:00 PM
Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery

1390 Main Street
Agawam, Ma 01001

Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
1390 Main Street Agawam 01001 Ma
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery Final Resting Place

1390 Main Street
Agawam, Ma 01001

1390 Main Street Agawam 01001 Ma
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Cecilia's Parish

42 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095
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