Rodney Gilbert Duley, Sr.
August 28, 1934 – August 8, 2021
Rodney Gilbert Duley, Sr., 86, of Upper Marlboro passed away August 8, 2021. He was born August 28, 1934 to Ellis George and Helen Irene (Edelen) Duley. Rodney was born and raised in the house his father built on Rosaryville Road in Upper Marlboro. He graduated from Gwynn Park High School. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953 and retired on December 31, 1989 as Chief Master Sergeant. Rodney married Sandra Hardesty on August 31, 1984 and they lived in the same house Rodney grew up in on Rosaryville Road. He attended Cheltenham United Methodist Church where he enjoyed attending church functions and luncheons. In his spare time, he enjoyed yard sales, antiquing, hunting, fishing, visiting the Amish, gardening, riding his father’s tractor, and feeding wildlife, especially his favorite squirrel Chippy who he fed peanuts to regularly. Rodney was a very giving person, who was always willing to share and help even in his final days. He would often visit the Amish and take the children ice cream and gifts at Christmas and even took a turkey for the families at Thanksgiving. While at yard sales, Rodney would buy things he didn’t need, but because “someone might need it”. Most of all Rodney loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. Whenever they need to make a decision, they will always think “what would Pop-Pop do”. Rodney will be greatly missed.
Rodney is survived by his wife Sandra Lee “Sandy” Duley of Upper Marlboro, children Rodney G. “Roddy” Duley, Jr. of New Market, Dennis Paul Duley and his wife Janice of Easton, Timothy Michael Duley and his wife Julie of Prince Frederick, Teresa Ann Marshall and her husband Darrell of Lothian, and Chrissy Marie Hillegas and her husband Danny of Lusby, fourteen grandchildren, one great-grandson and sister Jackie Modlin Jones of Upper Marlboro. He was preceded in death by his siblings Gwendolyn Waldron, Townshend Duley, Robert “Reds” Duley, Audrey Duley DeMarr, Genevieve Duley Jowett, and Ellis “Chunky” Duley Jr. and daughter in law Trisha Duley.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rodney’s name may be made to Cheltenham United Methodist Church or the Dementia Society of America at the address and links below.
Monday, August 16, 2021