JAMES THOMAS DUKE, SR.
James Thomas Duke, Sr., age 79 of Mesa, AZ, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on October 10, 2016.
Jim was born on December 26, 1936 in Akron, Ohio to Robert & Virgie Duke.
After graduating from high school, Jim married his soul mate and loving wife Phyllis Murphy who soon came to be his wife in June of 1955.
Jim and his Father partnered in running their gas station; “Dukes SoHio” in Akron for several years before starting his career with Ohio Edison Electric. Jim & Phyllis brought 4 loving children into this world. It was in 1968 that he moved the family to Arizona to be closer to his bride’s family, and to continue his career with Salt River Project until his retirement in 1995.
Jim was the most loving husband, father & grandfather to his entire family; up until his last breath, his only concern was focused on his family and their well being; the most selfless man that his family could have been blessed with.
Jim is survived by his dedicated and beautiful wife, Phyllis Duke, of 61 years, his children; James & wife Ricki, Darlene, Timothy & wife, Sharon and Theresa, and husband Dan; 2 brothers; Robert Duke & Joe Duke of Akron , 7 Grandchildren and 13 Great grandchildren.
Service will be held on Friday, October14, 2016 at Mountain View Memorial, 7900 East Main, Mesa, AZ at 10:00 am