Dec. 1943 ~ Aug. 2019_x000D_
Richard Lynn Duke
Dec. 1943 ~ Aug. 2019
Richard Lynn Duke was born December 30, 1943 in Turlock, CA to William Henry Duke and Irene Margaret Duke. He spent his young life in Turlock, attending and graduating from Turlock High School.
Soon after high school, in 1961, he joined the US Marine Corps where he served for four years. His last year of service was spent in Vietnam; where he developed a love for the Vietnamese people.
After leaving the service, Richard began working for Pacific Telephone Company in Merced. It was there he met his beloved wife, Linda Womack. They married October 7, 1967 and lived in Merced for two years, then moved to Delhi.
Richard also worked for Snider Lumber in Turlock, Boyd’s Repair in Delhi and Womack Striping in Modesto. Richard was always interested in community affairs and the school systems. He served on the Delhi School Board for many years. He had a great love for children and helped them whenever he could.
Richard was a man with a fun loving teasing nature. He loved his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and tried to always live his life accordingly. He dearly loved his wife, son, grandchildren and great grandson. Richard had a very generous heart; many of us were recipients of that generosity. He was always ready to help anyone in need.
Richard leaves behind his wife Linda Duke; son David Duke; grandsons Mario Torres, Alex, Elijah and Niklus Duke; great grandson Ezra Duke; brother Darrell (Loretta) Duke; sister Barbara Boyd and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He will be greatly missed by all.
A celebration of life Bar-B-Q will be held at the family home in Delhi on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4:00p.m.