Ret. Lt. Commander Carper Paul Duffield Jr., 82, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in his home in Alexandria, Va. He was born December 5, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Carper Paul Duffield Sr. and Maxine Brown Duffield.
Paul was a graduate of Waynesburg Central High School Class of 1956, where he was on the wrestling team and was a WPIAL 112-lb champion his senior year. He was a graduate of Waynesburg University Class of 1962 in Waynesburg.
After graduation, he embarked on a distinguished career in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving for 22 years before retiring in September of 1983. He often quoted John F. Kennedy when speaking of his service, "I can imagine a no more rewarding career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfacation: 'I served in the United States Navy.'"
It was during his last tour of duty at the Defense Systems Management College in Ft. Belvoir, Va., where he met his beloved wife, Betty Ann Eckard, who he married in May of 1983. They celebrated 39 years of marriage shortly before his passing and have one daughter, Crystal Dawn Duffield, to whom Paul was the proudest stay-at-home Dad. He was the biggest support of Crystal's many endeavors. Whether it be driving all night to watch a field hockey match the next morning or sweltering in the hot Virginia summers to watch her compete on her horse, he never missed a game, match, horse show or otherwise.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Paul is survived by his two younger sisters, Diana Miller-Schlabach and Donna Milliken; younger brother Carl Duffield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
The family requests donations to one's favorite veteran's charity or Paul's favorite, K9's for Warriors at www.k9sforwarriors.org.
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