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DAVENPORT — Services for Robert J. Duax Sr. 78, of Davenport, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Sunday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, with a vigil service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Duax died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997, at his home.

He was born Oct. 26, 1919, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., to Charles and Irene (Whelan) Duax. He married Betty J. Arthur on Dec. 31, 1940, in Logansport, Ind. She survives him.

Robert was a graduate of St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Ind., where he received a bachelor of arts degree. He received his master's degree from Eastern Missouri, Kirksville.

He served in the Army, where he was a medic and had been the basketball coach at Camp Livingston, Alexandria, La.

Mr. Duax became a physical education teacher in 1951 at St. Ambrose College. He was appointed head basketball and assistant football coach. During his tenure, he served as athletic director and coach of various sports, including football, women's basketball and softball and men's golf. In 1975, Coach Duax was responsible for bringing football back to the campus. He retired in 1983 from coaching, but continued teaching at the university until 1991.

Mr. Duax had been involved with city politics, serving two terms as alderman, two terms as county supervisor of Scott County and one term, in 1976 and 1977, as mayor of the city of Davenport.

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Mr. Duax had been very active in the Knights of Columbus at the state and local level. He served as past grand knight of 532 Davenport, member of Loras Assembly, 4th Degree 0260 and had been the Knights of Columbus state deputy for two years. He also held almost all of the state offices during that time.

Bob had been on the board of directors of the Handicapped Development Center since 1963 and had been a volunteer in many capacities. In addition, he was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and the Holy Name Society.

Memorials may be made to the Handicapped Development Center Endowment Fund or Davenport Knights of Columbus Building Fund.

Survivors include his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta Rodriguez Pickard, Beth and Michael McAleer, Kathy and Carl Anderson and Jane I. Duax, all of Davenport; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Mary Duax, Davenport, Tom and Maryann Duax, Des Moines, Charles Duax and his fiancee, Rose Brown, Davenport; Dave and Becky Duax, Moline, Phil Duax, Davenport, and Paul and Vicki Duax, Davis, Calif.; 28 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Claire Schmidt, Henderson, Nev., and Dorothy Welsh, Chicago; brothers, James Duax, Alsip, Ill., and Richard Duax, Bakersfield, Calif.; and sisters-in-law, Jane Duax, Plainfield, Ill., and Alice Duax, Ashkum, Ill.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzie Duax, on April 7, 1997; brothers, Charles and William Duax; and a sister, Eleanor Duffy. May they rest in peace.

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