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Lt. Col. Richard H. Duff Jr., USMC (Ret.) of Manassas, VA, died suddenly on Sunday October 19, 2014. He was 69.Lt. Col. Duff earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Drexel University in Philadelphia and received his M.S. (with Distinction) in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. A retired naval aviator and a Vietnam veteran, Lt. Col. Duff was a career officer in the Marine Corps, serving from 1968 until retiring in 1989. His last assignment was at the Pentagon. Formerly a presidential helicopter pilot, he flew Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. After retiring from the Marine Corps and up until his death, Lt. Col Duff worked for Insight, Inc. where he held the position of Vice President of Information Technology. He also served as the Deputy Team Lead of the National Museum of the Marine Corps Public Outreach Team.He and his surviving wife of 45 years, Cheryl Davis Duff, were residents of Manassas, VA and also spent time at their cabin in Snowshoe, WV where he enjoyed hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends. Surviving, in addition to his wife are son, Richard Jeremy Duff and his wife, Jennifer of Burke, VA; grandsons, Caleb and Aaron, who referred to him as "Kernel," and daughter, Joanne Duff of Atlanta, GA.Visitation will be at the Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home in Dale City on Monday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The memorial service will be at the US Marine Memorial Chapel on Quantico on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. A burial service at Quantico National Cemetery will follow at 12 noon.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation at or the Marine Corps Heritage Center at

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Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 23, 2014.
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October 28, 2014
Cheryl, we are deeply sorry for your loss. Rich will be missed by all of us. I loved hearing him talk and e-mail us about the cabin in WV. Alice & Whitey
Alice & Whitey Meydag
October 26, 2014
Your sense of humor and chuckle laughter will be missed. Farewell friend, whenever I hear a helicopter and look skyward you will be there. I know God has another great co-pilot. Watch over us Marine, Semper Fidelis.
Jerry Martin
October 26, 2014
Jeannie, Jeremy, and Joanne,
I am so sorry that I can't join you in this time of sorrow to give what little comfort I might. His passing is such a shock. We often think "tough guys" are invincible and that they will always be there, because of the strength they exude. I will always remember his sense of humor, his commitment to family, his dedication to our country, and the gentle side. The world has lost a great man, but he certainly resides in Heaven to serve his highest calling. The Army of Our Lord has gained a mighty asset.
LeAnne Schmidt
October 24, 2014
You are in our thoughts and prayers, Cheryl.
Jim & Laurie Kudla
October 23, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you.
Patricia Linder
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