Marion Lewis "Spike" Duke passed on peacefully at his home Monday with the love of his life, Frankie, by his side. Spike and Frankie met when they were young and have been together for almost 60 years. He loved her with everything he had.
Spike was the son of Amasa Marion and Marcia Louise Duke, and was one of five children along with Rodney, Sharon, Nancy, and Jack. Spike did not believe in half measures. He and Frankie had 5 children of their own: Kary Jo (Mike), Will (Ramona), Jennifer (Danny), Rebekah (Larry), and Brittany (Grant). Those 5 have managed, so far, to expand the clan with 9 more souls.
Spike loved each and every one, without reservation. He also loved their significant others and their friends. Spike loved his large and diverse circle of friends, he made time and space for everyone. Spike had many interests and was not shy about pursuing them. Cars and motorcycles should be faster and louder. Spirituality and religion were to be questioned and explored.
Work meant learning the ins and outs of his craft and understanding why things behaved the way they did. Life was for living, not for saving for later. Never one to fear change, Spike has now gone off to satisfy his curiosity about the last big questions.
Because of Covid-19, the family will be holding a small graveside ceremony on Friday, at the Lake Point Cemetery. When the pandemic passes, there will be a celebration of Spike's life where space will be made for everyone.
Until that time, please respect the family's wishes to keep everyone safe.
In lieu of flowers, please treat yourself to a guilty pleasure.