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Walter Marvin Duncan Sr.(1920 - 2013)

Walter Marvin Duncan, Sr., 92, of Front Royal, VA, passed away February 24, 2013, in Warren Memorial Hospital with his family present.

Walter was preceded in death a year ago by his cherished wife of 66 years, Mary Katharine Zwald Duncan.

Walter was born on September 1, 1920 and raised on Duck Street, Riverton, VA. His parents were the late Elsa Clapp and Joseph Lewis Duncan.

Walter graduated from Warren County High School in 1938. His studies at VPI were interrupted in 1943 when he was called to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He returned to VPI in 1947 and completed his degree in civil engineering. He returned to Front Royal and worked as a building contractor and a land surveyor. Walter returned to VPI in l961 in the Master's Degree program for sanitary engineering.

Upon returning to Front Royal, Walter became Town Manager of Front Royal and served his beloved town for 23 years (1963-1985) until his retirement. Walter was elected to the Front Royal Town Council in 1986 and retired from Council in 2000.

Walter was a humble, generous, and active member of the First Baptist Church of Front Royal since 1947. Throughout his life time he was a member of numerous community service organizations, including Kiwanis, Boy Scouts of America, and Warren County Democrats.

Walter is survived by four children, Dorothy âDodieã Duncan Meadows of Lanexa, VA, Mary Lee Duncan (Stephen Patchin) of Virginia Beach, VA, Walter Marvin Duncan, Jr. (Kristin Malmberg) of Dallas, TX, and Katharine âKathyã Duncan Ichter (Larry) of Springfield, VA, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

His brothers, Joseph W. C. Duncan, Howard A. Duncan, Shirley O. Duncan; and sisters, Pauline D. Pingley and Dorothy A. Duncan preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, in the Front Royal First Baptist Church sanctuary. A reception will follow the service in the church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Front Royal First Baptist Church Memorial Fund or C-CAP of Front Royal/Warren County.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2013
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