Oren Randolph ‘Randy’ Duvall

Graveside inurnment services for Randy Duvall, 79, Baldwin City, will be Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10:30 am at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Dr. Oren Randolph (Randy) Duvall died unexpectedly on July 8, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas.

Randy was born on May 22, 1939, in McPherson, Kansas, to Amous (Chub) and Pauline Duvall. He graduated high school in Great Bend, Kansas, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. He pursued and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

He was a public school music educator in Littleton, Colorado. Later Randy worked at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri, and served as chairman of the Fine Arts Department.

Randy retired in 2001 following a successful business career from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

He is survived by his life partner of nearly 45 years, Gary L. Keller, of the home in Baldwin City, Kansas; his sister, Martha Sue White of Blue Springs, Missouri; his children, Todd Duvall and grandchildren, Logan and Ava of Michigan, and Monique Huber (Tom) and grandson Von of Atchison, Kansas, and several nieces and cousins.

Randy pursued and lived a life that was rich and full of diversity. His passions included: opera and ballet, live theatre and the best of music in all its many forms. Some of his favorite sports teams were Nebraska Cornhuskers football, Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU basketball, Detroit Red Wings hockey and Kansas City Royals baseball. He had the distinct joy of being a Royals Stadium Club bartender during the 1985 World Series Championship season. As much as he loved sports, likewise he loved live operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Truly, any cast of singers from the MET certainly qualifies as a music team of the highest order. He loved Drum Corps and was an avid follower and supporter for many, many years. Randy loved to plan and entertain for his family and friends. He was an incredible host and chef. Dr. Duvall was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Gamma Chapter, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity while at Wichita State University.

As a younger oboe player, Randy was fortunate to accompany Beverly Sills in her performance of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly during his undergraduate study at Wichita State University. His conducting skills were enhanced and honed under the tutelage of world famous French Maestro Pierre Monteaux, culminating in his conducting Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto.

Of the many joys in Randy’s life, he treasured nothing more than spending special time with his family and friends. His wit, charm, humor, many nuances and brilliantly organized mind and intellect will be undoubtedly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Randy’s name to the Lawrence Humane Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044 – to honor his love for animals.

A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Randy Duvall will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St., Baldwin City, Kansas.

 

Messages & Condolences

From Sharon (Baker) Lingreen...

The Class of ’57 Great Bend High School sends our deepest
condolences. He was a remarkable person and we are proud to call him our friend and classmate.

From Kim and Michael Orth...

Dear Gary,
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying that the memories of Randy bring you comfort. May God bless you during this difficult time.

From Gary Keller...

Thank you to anyone who knew of Randy and wishes to share… an obit was not placed in the paper… but only on the website… he was more than awesome or great!!! Glad Joseph you knew him… He was Randy but none quite like him…. to say after 45 years together he will be missed is pointless… his void can only be filled with the love and support of others…. thanks for your remembrances… G. Keller

From Joseph R. Boley...

I could not believe it when looking for Patricia Montgomery’s obituary, a former teacher at Roosevelt Jr High, Great Bend, KS and saw Randy’s picture and obituary. What memories flashed back in an instant. I came to Great Bend as a band director and co-director of the Argonne Rebels D&B corps. Randy had graduated but I knew him when I was a guest passenger to Chicago or a contest that August. He went on to WSU, also my college stomping grounds, I lost all contact and did not realize the success he earned. I’m sure his former band director, James Sanner, Topeka, KS does not know this loss. Condolences. If you don’t mind I will see that the Tribune publishes at least the death notice.

From Debbie Baldwin...

Gary – You are in my thoughts. I’m thankful that you have so many special and cherished memories to reflect on. God Bless.

From Frank D....

Gary, Very sorry and saddened for your loss (everyone’s loss). Randy was a gentle, generous, and just overall great guy who will be missed by everyone who ever knew him. He was a friend, teacher, and so much more. I feel blessed to have known him for the many fantastic years and precious memories and for also introducing me to yet another amazing person, Gary. I am here for you.

From Ednamae Fisher...

Gary, Your tribute to Randy is lovely in every way. I hope you feel Randy’s spirit with you in the days ahead and you can reflect on all your memories together.sending you light and peace from North Carolina.

From Barbara Schantzen...

Gary, What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man. I did not know all this background. He was an amazing man and will be missed by many, me included. Love you.

From Susan Harrison CSL...

Dear Gary, So very sorry for your loss. Keep all those memories you made together close to your heart and he will never truly be gone. Thinking of you during this sad and difficult time.

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