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 FedEx. 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. In lieu of flowers, please remember Leiland with a donation to the Memphis Food Bank, The United Methodist Neighborhood Center, Life-Source.org
, the IRIS Orchestra, or the charity of your choice. Visitation will be at Germantown United Methodist Church on Friday, June 28 from 9:30 AM-12 PM. Funeral services will be at 12 noon. Graveside services will follow at West Tennessee Veterans' Cemetery at 2 PM with full military honors.