Decho Duke passed away Sept. 25, 2016, at his home in Ada. He was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Russet to Beatrice and Berry Duke.
Decho married Patsy Ann Howell Sept. 30, 1977, and they would have celebrated 39 years of marriage Sept. 30, 2016.
He grew up in Ravia. Shortly after high school he moved to California and lived there for 12 years. During that time, he married and had his two sons. While living in California he also worked as an auto mechanic and raced cars on the NASCAR circuit. After this time he moved back to central Oklahoma and lived in Connerville, where he started his work with Johnston County. He worked for Johnston County for many years before retiring and settling in Ada. He spent a lifetime doing what he loved — riding horses and motorcycles, but most of all chasing his best girl Patsy.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Glorus Nesbitt; three brothers, (VZ) Bill Duke, Manchell Duke and (EO) Pete Duke; a son, Homer Lee Howell; and a sister-in-law, Linda Harrel.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Duke of Ada; his brother, (ED) Don Duke; two sons, Decho Duke of northern California and Barry Duke and his wife, Carrie, of Utah; a brother-in-law, Homer Howell; a sister in law, Carol Matthews; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of longtime friends and neighbors.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith-Phillip Funeral Home, 123 East 13th St. Ada, OK.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Steve Gardener will officiate. Interment will follow at Connersville Cemetery.
Published on September 27, 2016