More detail on this person: Lt. Col. Leiland M.
Duke, Jr., USMC (Retired), age 74, died while on
vacation on June 19, 2013 in Rapid City, SD, after
a massive stroke. He is survived by his wife of 50
plus years, Betty, and his three daughters, Beth
Jones (Brian), Lisa Pierce (Julian) and Katherine
Naumann (Erik), eight grandchildren and his
sister, Susan Duke Woods, and Marion Burke, Jim
Moore, Bill Moore and many nieces and nephews.
Leiland, a graduate of Auburn University, enjoyed
a long and illustrious career in aviation
beginning in college, then as a pilot in the USMC
and later with Fed Ex. A decorated Vietnam
veteran, he was rated in all types of aircraft and
was recently awarded the Wright Brothers "Master
Pilot" Award for fifty years in aviation without
an accident or incident.
Leiland especially enjoyed introducing new students to aviation. Leiland was a member of the Memphis Astronomical Society, served on the board of directors at the United Methodist Neighborhood Center, was a Germantown reserve police officer and a member of Germantown United Methodist Church, where he served on many boards and played hand bells. The family honored Leiland's wishes to be an organ and tissue donor and found great comfort in knowing that he lives on in someone who received his parting gift.
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