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Robert Eugene Duncan

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Bob was born to the late Robert and Nancy (Baldwin) Duncan in Washington DC. Aviation and the Civil Air Patrol was very important to Bob in his youth. He was a member of his high school Rifle team and was recruited for his marksmanship skills by the U.S. Naval Academy. During his enrollment, he was Captain of the Rifle team and received his commission in 1982. Bob served in the U.S. Navy at various duty stations: flight school in Florida and Texas, sea duty aboard USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968), Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron in Guam/Saipan, and shore duty in DC. He continued to serve the Department of the Navy as a civilian federal employee from which he was retired.

Bob delighted in seeing his loved ones happy, surprising them with gifts, or making them laugh from a joke or a funny video or movie. He had a talent for leading the people around him to success. He would do all that he could to help someone achieve their goals. He enjoyed feeding the hummingbirds in the backyard, watching meteor showers, shooting, flying, and always seeking out the green flash at sunrise during visits to the beach.

He was grateful and pleased to be here among us for as long as he was able. He is survived by the true treasures of his life: his wife of 27 years, Stephanie (Weddle) Duncan; daughters, Allison Duncan of Utah, and Susan Burnham (Derek) of Utah; sisters, Robin Culbertson (Andrew) of Kensington, MD, and Roanne Duncan of Bethesda, MD.

He was important to many people, and will be profoundly missed until we meet again.

Robert Eugene Duncan Jr., 60, of Waldorf, Maryland departed this earthly life on Saturday, August 15, 2020. A graveside service will take place on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, Maryland, 20623.

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  1. Cleveland Eason says:

    Bob’s legacy continues today through the lives he touched during his life’s journey. I’m deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to experience his humor that brought a ray of light to all who had the pleasure of being in his presence. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. James Redos says:

    My deepest sympathies to Robert’s family and friends. I coached Robert in high School and like so many coaches and teachers we expect our athletes and students to lay us to rest. It pains me to mourn such a wonderful person but my memories of him in high school are a comfort as are those memories of each of my shooters. My prayers and best thoughts to all who loved or worked with Bob.

    Coach James D. Redos

  3. Darren B says:

    Very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Bob at the Pentagon, and he was a true patriot. You should be very proud of his contributions. All the best to the family.

  4. Tommy and Heather Hayes says:

    Our deepest condolences to Bob’s family. We were surprised to hear this news, and words can not express how we feel about the loss of this wonderful, funny, dedicated and loving man. We both worked with Bob at the Pentagon, he was Tommy’s supervisor for many years. He was much more than a boss or coworker – he was a friend. He always had a smile no matter what was going on, and his positive attitude brightened many days. He will be truly missed.

  5. Robert Lewis says:

    My most sincere condolences to Bob’s family.

    I worked with Bob, off and on, since 2012. He was always a font of wisdom, and used that wisdom to bring high-flying ideas down to earth – not to impede those ideas, but to make them achievable in the requirements and budgeting system we work with. He was one of the few leaders I’ve worked with I’ve felt completely comfortable dropping by to ask a question or to have a chat. Bob will be missed by all of us.

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    I had my early interactions with Bob in 2001. I was impressed with his commitment to the programs he supported. Little did I know, eight years later, that I would work for Bob in the Pentagon. Bob’s commitment to the his people and our mission made life in a stressful environment bearable. One of the ways Bob provided relief in our fast paced world was when he adopted different movie character personalities. When I started working for Bob in 2009, Doctor Evil was one of the characters that Bob was known for portraying. I believe he created his personalities to helped our team protect the funding that was in our portfolio. In addition to Dr. Evil, Bob was also known as Darth Vader. This personality came out after his hospitalizations that impacted his mobility. As a consequence, he was assigned a scooter. Bob was the only guy I knew that had the courage to ride on a decorated scooter in the Pentagon. Bob’s scooter was decorated with a Darth Vader mask, a cape and pinwheels.
    Bob was a family man, and he used his personalities and reputation to take care of his work family. I’m sharing these stories so his family will know that while he was away from you, he dedicated his work life to taking care of us too. Bob will be missed and his top ten list lives on.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time. Bob was a wonderful husband, an amazing father, awesome uncle, and an incredible human being who genuinely cared about all the people he came in contact with. His constant generosity and wonderful personality made him the man we will miss but will always remember. Rest in peace Bob as you will always be in our hearts and in our thoughts.

    Robert, Caron, JD, and Merissa

  13. William Lintz says:

    My deepest condolences to Bob’s family.

    I met Bob after he was out of uniform, back in ~1994. I was a very junior officer with “big ideas” visiting OPNAV N6 to meet with senior leaders – I was petrified. Before my meeting, he took me aside, calmed me down and advised how I could be successful.
    He didn’t know me or have any responsibility to help – but he did. Not the last time he helped me – and I know I was not alone.

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