Marvin Edward ‘Buddy’ Dukes, 72

Marvin Edward “Buddy” Dukes, 72, of Wausau, Fla., passed away at home, with his family by his side, on Saturday, July 28, 2018. He was born May 14, 1947, in Lewes, Del., to Louise C. Dukes (Penza) and the late Marvin L. Dukes.

Dukes was a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, ending his career as a senior chief and serving as a member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal and the Underwater Demolition Team, and as a Navy Seal. After retiring from the Navy, Dukes worked at Gulf Coast Community College for seven years.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and family man.

Dukes is survived by his loving wife, Roxanne Dukes; his mother, Louise Penza of Wausau, Fla.; two sons, Robert Murch of Orlando, Fla., and Donald Murch of Panama City, Fla.; a granddaughter, Rebecca Murch; a sister, Maria Perogine; and three brothers, David Dukes, Martin Dukes and Danny Dukes.

Memorialization was to be by cremation. Condolences may be sent online at