DENVER - William "Bill" Dukes died June 17, 2012 at Augusta Maine General Hospital of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was born in Wichita, Kan., in 1944, son of Edward Dukes and Marion (Edwards) Dukes. Bill attended Wichita schools and graduated from Conard High School in Hartford, Conn. He went on to Amherst College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. After completing his master's degree in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, he studied abroad at the University of London and in Florence, Italy. Working first as an architect in California, Bill later moved to Portland, becoming a partner in Stevens Architects. After moving to Denver in 1985, he worked for Mountain Kasch Associates, and eventually established his architectural firm KDA Architects and Engineers. His company became successful specializing in the design and construction of industrial and commercial buildings, and medical facilities throughout the West and Midwest. Forced by his illness to retire, he devoted his time to his many interests, hiking and skiing in the mountains, fishing, traveling and volunteering his professional services to projects in the Denver community. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Seigars Dukes. He leaves his sister-in-law, Libbey Seigars and her husband, Steve Spencer; also his wife's parents, Richard and Gloria Seigars. He will be missed by his cousins, Mark, Beth, Jeff and Caroline; and by other family members from his parent's original home in Asheville, N.C. He will also be missed by his many good friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Norman Dukes and his two beloved aunts, Sarah Klein and Frances "Sis" Evans. A memorial service for Bill will be held at a later date. Condolences may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in BDN Maine on June 20, 2012