Dennis Duckett - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Dennis Duckett

October 25, 1944 - January 16, 2024

Dennis Duckett, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Born in Endicott, NY on October 25, 1944, he was a son of the late James and Leona (Morris) Duckett. Dennis attended Seton Catholic High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps., including a 13-month tour in Vietnam. He attended Broome College in Bingham, NY and graduated with honors, earning a degree in Electrical Technology.

Dennis married Catherine Cooper on April 6, 1968 in Endicott, NY. They moved to Newark, DE where he began his career with DuPont Co. They later moved to Elkton, MD where he was very active in the Immaculate Conception Parish, playing guitar and singing, working with the homeless community, and various committees. Dennis enjoyed many hobbies during his lifetime such as softball, basketball, running 10K races with his son, reading, fishing at Thurman Pond in the Adirondacks, and golfing with his good friends. He retired in 2007. Dennis and Cathy travelled across the United States and continued travelling with trips to Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, and China. They wintered in Florida each year and enjoyed spending time with many friends in their St. Petersburg community. His most enjoyable times were always spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren on every imaginable occasion.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cathy; children, Michael Duckett (Arlene) of Managua, Nicaragua, Colleen Estes (Michael) of Elkton, MD, and Sara Cann (Tim) of Newark; grandchildren, Noah Duckett, Annie Estes, Clare Estes, Loki Krukosky, Joshua Duckett, Zoe Duckett, Zia Duckett, Andrew Martin, Madison Cann, and Julianna Cann; siblings, Regina Davis, Margaret Orzel, Mary Gelatt, Beth Zimmerman, and Patty Hotalen; sisters-in-law, Becky Cooper and Gerry Beane; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather from 3 pm until 5 pm on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dennis’ memory to Delaware Hospice, 630 Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19702 or online by clicking here.


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15 Condolences for Dennis Duckett

  • Dennis will be missed by many people. What a wonderful man. With deepest sympathy.
    Margie Scott Truitt

  • Cathy, Colleen, Sara, and family: our hearts are broken for you. Dennis was a GOOD man. He made the world a better place. To say that he will be missed is an understatement.

  • De ar Cathy,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you on Dennis death. He was a good man. Love,
    Bette and Bill Green

  • Dear miss Cathy and family , we all loss a good man. He will be missed.Please take my condolences.May he rest in peace. Mara Markis .

  • Very sorry to hear of the passing of a very nice golfing buddy, Dennis. I loved his love for his family. Surely you will all miss him, but surely have lots of loving memories.

  • “The two hardest things to say in life is hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.” M. Rogers
    Dennis was a special friend in our lives who will never be forgotten and he will forever be in our hearts.
    Lee and Sharon Lund

  • Mrs. Duckett & Family, we are surprised and saddened to learn Mr. Duckett has passed away. He brought warmth and joy to others. No doubt a special place awaited him. We hope your cherished times as a family comfort you in the days ahead. Much love. 🙏🏼💕✨

  • I’m so very sorry to have read of Denny’s passing. Many great memories when we were all younger. So very sorry Cathy and family.

  • Our deepest condolences to the Duckett family. You will be in our prayers and thoughts during this time. May the Lord keep you comforted.
    Bishop Rob & Trina Watson
    The Real Life Church Family

  • You have our deepest sympathy to you and the Duckett family. May you be comforted during this time on behalf of Mr Dennis Duckett. Sending our love from Pastor & Lady Wilson.

  • Sending our sincerest condolences and prayers to the Duckett family on the passing of this wonderful man. I had only a few occasions to spend time with him and in each one his love for his family and how he cherished the moments with them was so evident. I’m grateful to have known him.

    May you find comfort in the many special memories of his incredible lifetime.

    In deepest sympathy…

  • May the Comforter bless you and family with the promises HE has made.
    With love and sincere condolences,
    Celeste (RLF)

  • Dear Cathy, Colleen, Michael and Sara, we are saddened by your loss of this wonderful husband father, and friend.
    May you find comfort in all the love and joy he gave to you throughout his lifetime and peace in knowing he is at home with his Creator.
    Peace, love, and joy!

  • Dear Cathy,
    My sincere and deepest sympathy at Denny’s passing. Just recently, I was looking at some pictures that I took at our last reunion. As I looked at you and Denny, I could feel the contentment that the two of had in you love for each other.
    He was a wonderful person. Everyone smiled when we talked about Denny. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dennis and I served together on the first Council for our condo association. He was thoughtful, honest, and dependable, and I really enjoyed working with him. The world needs more people like him, and I will miss seeing him here.