James Duke

March 7, 1931 - September 18, 2013

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Monday, September 23, 2013 1:00 PM Vernon Funeral Home


Sunday, September 22 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

James “Jim” Albert Duke, 82, of Urbana, passed away, Wednesday September 18, 2013 at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana.

He was born March 7, 1931 in Hamilton Ohio, the son of Stanley Howard and Myrtle Mae (Sheperd) Duke.

Jim served his country in the United States Army. He retired from Grimes Manufacturing after more than 40 years, where he was a member of the Grimes Quarter Century Club and SAE. He also was a 50 year member of Harmony Lodge #8 F. & A.M. James enjoyed playing golf, being outdoors, spending time at the Grimes Flying Lab Museum, and most importantly, spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Dorothy Mae “Dottie” (Tape) Duke; daughters, Tari (Mike) Murphy and Tina (Bob) Jones, both of Urbana; son, Tim (Karen) Duke of Urbana; grandchildren, Mandy (Pat) Paule, Nick (Bethany) Jones, Tommy Gearon, Adam and Rachel Duke and Lily Jones; great grandchildren, Drew, Dylan, and Isaac Paule, Jae Duke and Maggie Jones; brothers, Stanley (Dorothy-deceased) Duke and Paul (Hedy) Duke; sisters-in-law, Margie (Bill-deceased) Nutt and Carol (Rand) Bishop; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends and coworkers.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marcella (Russell) Sick; brothers, Lewis (Verle) Duke and Frank (Carol) Duke.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-8 P.M. on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Masonic services will be held at 8 P.M. following the visitation. A funeral service will be held at 1P.M. on Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Nancy Hardin officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana where military honors will be provided by the Pearce-Kerns A.L. Post #120.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grimes Flying Lab Foundation, 1399 Edinger Rd. Urbana, OH 43078.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Sharon Lambour Bachtel - Sep 22, 2013

Sorry to hear about Jim. He was a wonderful person. I will always have fond memories of our family get-togethers. Condolences to all of your family.Sharon

Amy Hammond - Sep 22, 2013

Tim and family,
Please accept our apologies that we could not be with you today. You and your family are in our prayers. If anything is needed please don’t hesitate to ask.
With deepest sympathy,
John, Amy and Eli Hammond

Jean & Richard Hurst - Sep 22, 2013

Dottie and family, we send our sincere condolences, we were saddened to hear of Jim passing, we have many fond memories of both of you, including way back in the 60’s when Richard, me, Sue and Tim Marsalis came to your New Year’s party without an invitation, you were all so gracious to us. We send our love and prayers to you and your family.
Jean & Rihard Hurst

Beth Smith Phillips - Sep 20, 2013

Mom (Eileen) and I are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have a thousand great memories of our time as neighbors – the Howard Johnson trips, playing tricks, sitting around talking. Much love to all of you from us

Kevin L. Haney - Sep 18, 2013

Stay strong Dottie. Jim was great man! U to duker and the rest of family. I will be thinking of you guys.

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