George H. Duke III died Nov. 22, 2013, at his home in Albuquerque, N.M.
Mr. Duke was born in Hotchkiss Aug. 2, 1924, to George Duke Jr. and Grace McGinnis.
He was raised in Hotchkiss, where he helped with the orchards and fished with his dad and uncle. On entering CU Boulder in 1942, he taught himself the algebra needed for engineering. His college years were interrupted by a three-year tour of service in the Army Air Force from 1943-1946. That tour concluded with a year in India, where he was a radar mechanic on B24s.
He returned to CU Boulder and graduated with a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1950. The same year he married Ellen Marie Drexel in Crawford.
Mr. Duke was called again to active duty for a year at Randolph Field, Texas, and they moved to Seguin, Texas. In 1952 he began working for Sandia Laboratory in Albuquerque. He worked on weapons projects for about 20 years and later in security at testing, production and storage sites around the country and in South Korea and central Africa.
He lived on Sandia Base from 1952 to 1960. He later moved to NE Heights, where he enjoyed designing and building, as well as growing roses, tomatoes and peaches. He retired in 1987.
Mr. Duke is survived by his wife of 63 years; four children, Steven Duke of Renton, Wash., Jean Hafner of Albuquerque, Bill Duke of Los Angeles and Annette Leong Shadwick of Pleasant Hill, Ore.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss next summer; the date will be announced.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society, P.O. Box 724, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.blog comments powered by Disqus