Reginald Wallace 'Reg' Duncan, 83, of Cloudcroft, NM passed away July 4, 2008 at Gerald Champion Medical Center. Reg was born on May 20, 1925 in Wichita Falls, TX to Howell C. and Lois E. (Kelley) Duncan. Reginald enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941. After serving 20 years, he retired in August 1, 1962 as a Chief Electronics Technician. On November 1, 1946 Reg and Patsy Jean Gunnell of Las Cruces were married in La Mesa, CA. After retiring from the Navy, the Duncan family lived in California, Texas, New Mexico.
Reg (W5UWY), was an avid Ham Radio Operator and enjoyed the early morning Breakfast Club with fellow hams from all over the Southwest, as well as the evening Roadrunner Club. He made contacts all over the world, from Russia to Pitcairn Island (communicating with a descendant of Fletcher Christian, author of Mutiny on the Bounty). Reg never turned down the opportunity to teach other young people the joy of Ham Radio.
In 1972 Reg began teaching in the public schools in Clovis, NM as an electronics vocational teacher. After receiving a degree in Industrial Vocational Education in 1976, he went on to become Assistant Vocational Director for the State of New Mexico. In 1978 Reg accepted the position of Director of Vocational Education at Lubbock Christian College, Lubbock, Texas.
In 1980 Reg and Pat moved Appleton, Wisconsin to serve and work with the Church of Christ, as pulpit minister. As life progressed, Reg and Pat came home to New Mexico where he taught electronics and wood shop at Gadsden High School, Anthony, New Mexico. After nine years, he retired from teaching and became a Municipal Judge in Anthony, Texas. When finally retiring, they made their last move to the cool mountains of Cloudcroft, New Mexico in 1993. Reg served on the Twin Forks Water Board, five years as Chief and First Responder for the James Canyon Fire Department.
During his spare time, Reg enjoyed carving bear statues using a chainsaw.
Reg’s passion was singing hymns and teaching the Word of God.
Reginald is survived by his wife, Patsy Jean (Gunnell) Duncan of the family home in Cloudcroft, NM; six children: Ralph E. Duncan and wife, Joanne of Silverdale, WA, Barbara A. Alvey and husband, James of Cloudcroft, Reginald O. Duncan and wife, Linda of McKinney, TX, Beth E. Miller and husband, Daniel of Liberty, TX , Lydia A. Mabry and husband, Charles of Las Cruces, NM, and Clydene L Balke and husband, Keith of Glendale, AZ. In addition, Reg and Patsy have 14 grandchildren and more than 20 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Jean Crawley of Cabot, Arkansas, and two brothers, James and Lois Duncan of Chino Valley and Wayne and Alice Duncan of San Diego, CA.In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made in the
memory of Reginald W. Duncan to:
National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.
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First licensed as WN6WPT, Novice class in 1961, later upgraded to WA6WPT, General Class. Moved to New Mexico in 1967, and acquired the call WA5UWY March 1967. Shortened call to W5UWY in December 1998.
Retired Navy and School teacher. Currently residing in Sacramento Mountains of South Centeral New Mexico.
Am currently Net Manager for the New Mexico Breakfast Club, which meets at 06:30 A.M. every day of the week. Also net control on Tuesday mornings. Member ow New Mexico Roadrunner Traffic Net. This net meets at 0100 UTC every day of the year to pass routine or priority traffic throughout the state.
Both sons are hams, Rod, KJ5LA, and Ralph, N7WWY. also a grandson, and a son-in-law that are no code techs, but are working on upgrading. Latest inewws is that daughter Lydia has passed her no code Tech exam and is KD5VXI. She lives on the west side of Las Cruces, NM and is able to access a repeater on a mountain near my QTH full quieting so we can work each other. Now working on her hubby to get his license.Rev: W5UWY - Tue Mar 2 9:55:30 1999