Alva Patrick ‘Duke’ Pantall, 69

Alva Patrick “Duke” Pantall, 69, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at his home. He was born in Annapolis, Md., son of the late William and Mary Keough Pantall.

Pantall was a graduate of Southern High School of Lothian, Md., where he played football and wrestled. He worked for 20 years for Katcef Bros. Inc. in Annapolis, selling and delivering Anheuser-Busch products. After “retiring” from Katcef’s, he became a builder of homes and then a truck driver, delivering pharmaceuticals to hospitals and doctors.

From age 21, Pantall was active in the Elks Lodge, volunteering in the lodge and coaching football and lacrosse to the youth at the Elks, Annapolis Crusaders and Rolling Knolls Lions. He loved working with youth. Pantall has been a member in the Annapolis, Kent Island and Ocean City Elks lodges. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, cousin, best friend and mentor.

Preceding Pantall in death were a brother, William J. Pantall, and sister, Mary Eskins. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Symons Pantall; children, Robert W. Pantall of Stevensville, Md., and G. Scott Pantall of Ocean City, Md.; a granddaughter, Katlyn Eure; two brothers, Thomas Johnson and his wife, Brenda, of Florida, and David Pantall of New York; two sisters, Patricia Rector and her husband, Randy, of Idaho, and Patricia Gier and her husband, Scott, of Hawaii; and a sister-in-law, Sandra Pantall of Maryland. 

A memorial service was to be held Feb. 2, 2019, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, Md., officiated by the Rev. Andy Ehlers. Memorial donations may be made to the Elks National Foundation. Condolences may be sent online at