Robert Maier Duvall Sr.

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Robert Maier Duvall, Sr.

SHREVEPORT, LA - A Celebration of Life Service for Robert Maier Duvall, Sr. will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Christ United Methodist Church, 1204 Crabapple Drive, Shreveport, LA. Officiating will be The Rev. Tom Howe and The Rev. Leon White.

Bob was born Sept. 29, 1920 in Monticello, Illinois, and died April 30, 2012 after a short illness.

He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII on a minesweeper and also on a training ship for minesweeper crews and retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Lt. Commander.

After moving to Shreveport in 1947, Bob spent 35 years as an owner and innovator in the dry cleaning industry. He introduced "one hour drycleaning" to Shreveport with the first synthetic solvent drycleaning system. Other innovations include plastic garment bags that replaced paper bags, white coat hangers, and handkerchiefs in coat pockets. He was the owner of One Hour Martinizing, Duvall Cleaners & Laundry, and Coit Drapery & Carpet Cleaners before retiring in 1990.

He is survived by Betty, his wife of 69 years; one son, Robert Duvall, Jr. and wife Louise, two daughters, Kathy Duvall and Jill Duvall McCullough; seven grandchildren, Aimee Duvall Bernard and husband Brandon, Lucas Duvall and wife Mical, Mollie Duvall Robbins and husband Robin, Moss Duvall and wife Michel, Carly McCullough Burdock and husband David, Mack McCullough, and Maggie McCullough Young; plus thirteen great grandchildren.

He requested that his body be donated to LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport for the advancement of medical education and research.

Donations in memory of Bob Duvall can be made to Christ United Methodist Church.

Published in Shreveport Times on May 6, 2012
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