Gerald Lee Dukes Jr., 24

Gerald Lee Dukes Jr., 24, of Laurel, Del., and Federalsburg, Md., passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2018, while visiting friends in Arizona. He was born on April 26, 1994, in Easton, Md., the son of Gerald Lee Dukes Sr. and Connie L. Smith Dukes.

He worked as a general labor technician and had his own canine program of training terriers. He loved fishing, bowling, motorcycles and cars. Dukes loved his family, especially his momma, and always loved being in the middle of everything. He was a “jack of all trades” and could fix just about anything. He was a true dog lover, and trainer.

In addition to his parents, Dukes is survived by four children, Derek, Aubree, Brylee and Caedynn Dukes; two sisters, Kaitlin Dukes Mears and her husband, Shane, and Chelsea Dukes Berger, all of Laurel; two brothers, Greg Dukes and Cory Aviles, both of Federalsburg, Md.; his grandfather, Marvin Tunnell of Federalsburg; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and extended family members and friends; and two special friends, Kurri Hartzell and Kellsie Moore.

A funeral and celebration of Dukes’ life were to be held Dec. 8, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. Interment was to follow at Dagsboro’s Redmen Memorial Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations to help offset funeral and final expenses, c/o Marvin Tunnell; P.O. Box 382; Federalsburg, MD 21632. Condolences may be sent online at