Richard Kay Duke

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Richard Kay Duke, passed, Nov. 2, 2010, at his home in Colorado Springs, CO, from complications due to cancer. He was born Dec. 09, 1938, in Price, Utah. He grew up in Spring Glen, UT.. His parents were Harold Steele and Mary Montgomery Duke. He was of English and Scottish decent. Richard and FaNon Davis were married in the Salt Lake City L.D.S. temple on Sept. 18, 1959, for 51 years. . In 1961, Richard received his masters degree in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University. He and his young family moved to Seattle, WA, to work for Boeing. They then moved to Livermore, CA. He then worked for Laurence Radiation Laboratories. In 1967, Richard and his family, moved to Colorado Springs, CO. He worked for Kaman Sciences. He designed missiles. Later, Richard was employed at Digital Equipment Corp. as a Mechanical Design Engineer. Richard and FaNon are long time members of the Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints., 6th ward, in Colorado Springs. He was a High Priest, taught, and served as Secretary for many years. Richard and his wife were CO-Presidents of the Young Married Organization, in both ward and stake for many years. He also served as Cub Scout Master for eight years. Richard leaves behind his beloved wife FaNon Davis Duke, and their three children: Tori D. and D. Bart Justice, Richard Trent and Bernadette Villa Duke and Mequette D. and Brent Wangsgard. His Grandchildren: Ryan Peterson and his fiancé Barrett Leary, Chelsea & B. Shayne Justice, Chantel, Melissa H. , R. Chaz, and Brenden C. Duke, and Tanis, Sascia FaNon, and Taitum Wangsgard. His Great Grandchild: Ryan Cade Peterson and soon to be step great-grandchildren: Thorrin Hacker, and Tallon and Teigen Hix. Richard leaves behind his sisters: Phyllis D. Sims and Elaine and Don Nelson. Richard and FaNon were past members of "Square Nuts" and "Wheel and Dealers" and other square dance clubs. Richard loved camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing. Later on in life, he love spending time with his grandchildren. We will miss our beloved Richard greatly, but know he has gone to be with his Lord and Savior in heaven. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9, 2010, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Swan-Law Funeral Directors. A Funeral Service is planned for Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., Church Of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, 1705 N. Murray Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Published in The Gazette on Nov. 7, 2010