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Reginald Wallace "Reg" Duncan

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Reginald "Reg" Wallace Duncan, 83, of Cloudcroft passed away July 4, 2008, at Gerald Champion Medical Center. Reg was born on May 20, 1925, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Howell C. and Lois E. (Kelley) Duncan.
Reginald enlisted in the Navy in 1941.
After serving 20 years, he retired in Aug. 1, 1962, as a chief electronics technician. On Nov. 1, 1946, Reg and Patsy Jean Gunnell of Las Cruces were married in La Mesa, Calif.
After retiring from the Navy, the Duncan family lived in California, Texas and New Mexico.
Reg (W5UWY), was an avid ham radio operator and enjoyed the early morning Breakfast Club with fellow hams from all over the Southwest, as well as the evening Roadrunner Club. He made contacts all over the world, from Russia to Pitcairn Island (communicating with a descendant of Fletcher Christian, author of "Mutiny on the Bounty").
Reg never turned down the opportunity to teach other young people the joy of ham radio.
In 1972, Reg began teaching in the public schools in Clovis as an electronics vocational teacher.
After receiving a degree in Industrial Vocational Education in 1976, he went on to become assistant vocational director for the state of New Mexico. In 1978, Reg accepted the position of director of Vocational Education at Lubbock Christian College, Lubbock, Texas.
In 1980, Reg and Pat moved Appleton, Wis., to serve and work with the Church of Christ as pulpit minister.
As life progressed, Reg and Pat came home to New Mexico where he taught electronics and wood shop at Gadsden High School in Anthony, N.M.
After nine years, he retired from teaching and became a municipal judge in Anthony, Texas. When finally retiring, they made their last move to the cool mountains of Cloudcroft in 1993. Reg served on the Twin Forks Water Board, and served five years as chief and first responder for the James Canyon Fire Department.
During his spare time, Reg enjoyed carving bear statues using a chainsaw. Reg's passion was singing hymns and teaching the word of God.
Reginald is survived by his wife, Patsy Jean (Gunnell) Duncan, of the family home in Cloudcroft; and six children, Ralph E. Duncan and wife, Joanne, of Silverdale, Wash., Barbara A. Alvey and husband, James, of Cloudcroft, Reginald O. Duncan and wife, Linda, of McKinney, Texas, Beth E. Miller and husband, Daniel, of Liberty, Texas, Lydia A. Mabry and husband, Charles, of Las Cruces, and Clydene L Balke and husband, Keith, of Glendale, Ariz. In addition, Reg and Patsy have 14 grandchildren and more than 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Jean Crawley, of Cabot, Ark., and two brothers, James and Lois Duncan, of Chino Valley, and Wayne and Alice Duncan, of San Diego, Calif.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2008, at Cloudcroft Church of Christ with Eddie Coleman officiating.
Interment will follow in James Canyon Cemetery.
The family will greet friends on Monday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, John Balke, Eric Balke, Landon Balke, Mike Waisbrot, Scott Waisbrot, Phillip Miller, Paul Duncan and Damon Duncan.
They will be escorted by the rest of his grandchildren.
The Duncan family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made in the memory of Reginald W. Duncan to: National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., Office of Development, 1501 NW 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494 or New Mexico Christian Children's Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 4 to July 15, 2008
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