Bob Duckworth
1934 - 2021
Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes - Southside Chapel
1727 Bartow Road
Lakeland, FL
Lakeland - Bob was born Sept. 20, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Fred & Ethlyn Duckworth, and passed away in Lakeland on July 31, 2021.

Bob grew up in Winter Haven, Florida and graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1952.

He attended the Citadel for two years before transferring to the University of Florida where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Industrial Engineering, and was a member of the ATO Fraternity. Bob moved to Washington D.C. and worked at the U.S. Patent Office while attending George Washington University School of Law; upon graduating, he became a member of the Virginia Bar. Bob moved to Orlando in 1962 and became a member of the Florida Bar. He worked at Maguire, Vorhees and Wells, and part time with childhood friend, Bill Frederick at the newly formed Office of the Public Defender. Bob then started his own law practice, (Duckworth & Hobby, PA then Duckworth, Allen, Dyer & Doppelt, PA), with a concentration in Patents, Trademarks and Copyright law. Eventually he would go back to the Maguire firm before it merged with Holland and Knight, where he retired in 2001.

Bob married Gwen Busing, (from Lakeland), on November 23, 1965 in Orlando where they lived and raised their family of four kids until moving to Lakeland in 2018. He is survived by his wife Gwen, sons Hank, Tim & Brian and daughter Laura Duckworth Wilson, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 8th from 12 Noon – 1 pm at Gentry Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd. Lakeland, FL, followed by a 1 pm service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oak Hill Burial Park.
Published by Orlando Sentinel from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2021.
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Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes - Southside Chapel
1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland, FL
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1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland, FL
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So sorry to hear of your dad´s passing. Sending condolences and prayers for all your family.
Josie Condron Reeves
August 7, 2021
Gwen and family. So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Sending love and prayers to you and the family as you grieve. Please know that you have many friends that care for you.
Mary Alice Phelps
August 7, 2021
The Irwin Family- Jeff, Suzanne, Bradley, Kevin, Kyle and Bryan have you and tour family in our thoughts and prayer during this difficult time! Laura you and I have been friends for over 50 years and I have many fond memories of your dad! Please k ow I am thinking of you and your family!
Suzanne Irwin
August 6, 2021
I can't remember a time when I didn't know the Duckworths. Laura, Brian, and I grew up together. Our families were united in the marriage...of our dogs. I have the fondest of memories running in and out of the Duckworth's garage door. I hope I didn't annoy Mr. Duckworth too much! I love you guys. Your family helped shaped who I am as a person.
Kristen Mateer
August 5, 2021
I was a young trademark associate working with Bob at Holland & Knight until he retired in 2001. He was wonderful and taught me so much. We watched the Sept. 11 attacks happen together. I left shortly thereafter and he ultimately helped me find my current law firm, where I have been an intellectual property partner for over 18 years. Bob will be missed!
Lori T. Milvain
August 5, 2021
Gwen, I recognized Bob immediately I lived on Jefferson st in Orlando and babysat for you at times When I later found myself and baby in despair, Bob was there to help and protect us. My son needed enormous medical care and we would not have gotten it without Bobs expertise legally May he Rest In Peace and happiness in heaven.
Mary Broderick jackson
August 5, 2021
I grew up across the street from the Duckworth's since 1972. Bob was a fantastic man and raised a great family. He always had a smile on his face and never let anything bother him. He will be missed, but he will always be looking down on the family! God Bless.
Dean Asher
August 5, 2021
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