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Raymond Cecil Duke DDS

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Duke, DDS, Raymond Cecil
Nov. 20, 1922 - Jan. 21, 2014
Dr. Raymond C. Duke, died peacefully with his children by his side, Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Born November 20, 1922 in Trenton, Florida to John Thomas and Idella (Woodard) Duke, Dr. Duke has been a resident of Venice, Florida since 1934. He graduated from Venice-Nokomis High School, Class of 1940. In 1943 he was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving in WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a sergeant in Battery C, 199th Coast Artillery Battalion (automatic weapons) and served in three campaigns, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Leyte in the Philippines. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130419/ARTICLE/130419598. After his discharge in 1946, he received his pre-dental education at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL in 1953 where he met his beloved wife, Stephanie. After graduation he was assigned to Japan where Dr. Duke served in the U.S. Air Force as the Base Dental Surgeon for the 6920th Security Base in Mastodon, Japan. They lived there with their daughter, Janet, until his discharge in 1955 with the rank of Captain. Dr. Duke returned to Venice to practice family dentistry until his retirement in 1984. He will be remembered fondly by generations of Venice area patients. He was predeceased last year by his devoted wife of 60 years, Stephanie (Kucyk). Survivors include their four children, Janet Duke Baker of Sarasota, FL, Mary Alice Duke of Venice, FL, Steven Duke of Bradenton, FL and Audrey Duke of Dallas, TX; four grandchildren, Noah Baker of Sarasota, FL, Dirke Baker (Clay) Hill of Wilmington, DE, Lindsey Von Ahnen of Dallas, TX and Milton Von Ahnen of Dallas, TX; sisters-in-law Leona (Anthony) Angelico of Des Plaines, IL and Anne Duke of Pensacola, FL; nephews and nieces include Dr. Ronald (Sue) Higel, Lynn (Bill) Johnson, Sandra Nommenson, Sharon Cobb, Shirley (Peter) Codrington, and many other cousins, nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers, Herman, Jack, Gerald and Harry, and three sisters, Vera and Mamie Jewel Duke and Francis Higel. Dr. Duke was a life member of the American Dental Association, the Florida West Coast Dental Association, and the Sarasota Manatee Dental Society. He was a past president of both the Venice Lions Club and the Venice Little League. He was a co-founder in 1946 of the American Legion Post 159 in Venice, as well as a member for many years. He helped found and was a charter member of the Lake Venice Golf Club, as well as a past president of the Club. He was also a charter member of the Mission Valley Golf and Country Club. For years on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and Sundays he could be found on the golf course. Often he came home to a message from a patient in need and headed off to the office, one of his daughters in tow, to tend to the emergency. In his youth, Raymond delivered telegrams by bicycle from the Venice Train Depot. When he and his family moved back to the United States to Venice, they lived in the Higel-Lord house, owned by his sister and brother-in-law, George Higel, at the time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in dad's memory to Venice Heritage, Inc., P.O. Box 1190, Venice, Florida 34284-1190, veniceheritage.org, or Venice Area Old Timers Picnic, P.O. Box 1997, Venice, Fl. 34284-1997. The children wish to thank Mrs. Linda Sabo for her extraordinary care of our father in his last year. Graveside services will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2014
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