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5/8/2013 6:00:00 AM
Obituary: Sky Christian Duey

Just shy of his 21st birthday, Sky Christian Duey passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013. Sky was born in Kingman on Aug. 17, 1992. His parents, John "Wade" Duey and Ruby Christina Duey, raised Sky the "cowboy way" along with his younger brother, John Robert Duey. As a member of the Mohave Livestock Association, Sky was surrounded and mentored by the ranchers he respected and who had a passion for ranch life.

His face just beamed when he opened his mail two years ago and was granted membership as an adult to the Arizona Cowpunchers Reunion Association. Entering the Wild Cow Milking, roping for the girls in the Ribbon Roping, roping steers and helping his little brother gear up to ride bulls was when Sky was in his element.

Graduating from Kingman High School in December of 2010, he especially enjoyed his FFA and 4-H activities, which included beef projects and showing steers at the Mohave County Fair. He continued to be involved with the family ranch and any other neighboring rancher who needed help riding, gathering and branding cattle. He enjoyed his job at Grand Canyon West and The Boulder Supply construction company.

But he always managed to find the time to dedicate to the Duey family ranch operations.

Along with his parents and brother, Sky is survived by grandparents, Bob Duey, David and Billie Cole, Angel Robles, and Sam and Rhonda Dodd; aunts and uncles, Jack and Stacie Fuller, Elaine Duey, Jim and Lorna McCleerey and Danny Avila also mourn his death, along with a huge family of great aunts and uncles, and cousins. Grandmother Clover Jonetta Duey and grandfather, Tony Avila preceded him in death.

Sky made a great decision when he signed up to be an organ donor. Ninety people will benefit from his choice.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home and services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 610 Eastern St., Kingman. Immediately following the memorial service, the family will be greeting friends at the CastleRock Arena in Golden Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Cowpuncher's Crisis Fund, c/o Mike McFarland, 1856 Wot Evans Drive, Camp Verde, AZ 86322; phone: (928) 713-4550.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Gordon Gordon

Wade, Ruby: I'm so sorry to hear of this. What a neat kid.

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: James (Jimmy) Mizell

I'm truly sorry to hear about your loss Wade. Losing a family member is a tragic event , but to lose someone suddenly without warning seems unfair. This may not help , but God has his own plans and Sky is part of his plan. My condolences to you and your family.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Beth Philipp

I only knew sky for a short time, I went to highschool with him and also went to cowpunchers twice and he was always around. I got to know him up at castle rock when I would be barrel racing. He always had his little brother tagging along and I remember him teaching him how to swing his rope right. Even after not seeing Sky for 2 years I saw him at cowpunchers and he acted like no time had passed at all. Sky always had a smile on his face and he will be greatly missed. I'm back in Minnesota now but I was very saddened to hear about his accident, but it's great to hear all the stories about him on here and reading on facebook. He will be greatly missed.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ruby Duey

Thank you for all of the kind words, thoughts and prayers. It has certainly been a tough time for my family but we could not have handled it if not for our friends, family and community. Kingman really pulled through for us and we thank all of you.
Every day I miss my son and every day I read more stories posted on Facebook and here that keep me smiling. I had no idea that so many people knew Sky until I seen the hundreds of people at the church.
Thank you all again.
Love Ruby

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Lana Keller-Robinett

I am the General Manager's Assistant at Grand Canyon West and I just came to know Sky 1 week before he passed. He helped me carry some things to the car. I thanked him for his help & said he looked familiar and asked his name.

He gave me a big smile and extended his hand to shake mine, and as he did so, he tipped his hat and said, "Hi, I'm Sky Christian Duey, ma'am." We shook hands and I told him my name he said, "Glad to meet you". I asked him if he was related to Stacie Duey Fuller and he said "yeah, she's my Aunt". I smiled & said we grew up together & his 'Duey smile' was why he looked so familiar. -) He said he wasn't going to be at GCW much longer because he was going to work in a mine. I wished him well and he said he was really excited about his new job.

Even though we had just met, I could tell he had a winsome way about him and an enthusiasm for life that was contagious. His fellow GCW Ranch employees thought very well of Sky and they mourn for his loss alongside his family.

Thank you for raising such a fine, young man.

May the prayers of family & friends strengthen you,

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Crouse

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.
Robert Frost

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: John Waters

My deepest condolences to Ruby and family. May Sky rest in peace and may you rest in the knowledge that he is with God!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: near neighbor

Id like to give condolences to the Duey family. I drive past your home many times daily. Tonight tears ran as I passed the candles and articles for your son at the intersection.

A loss without sence.

Residents of the neighborhood all understand how dangerous the roads here become at sunset. I was there on Sun using the detour. Visibility was bad and nearly sun blinded at some corners. I feel bad for the elderly driver. She may have simply been sun blinded at the tragic moment. Ive been in many very close calls coming home at sundown.

The neighborhood is shocked and we all morn for the Duey family.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck and Jill Cone

Our deepest love and prayers, as your beautiful son has left this earth far too soon. He has clearly touched so many special lives and I can only imagine how deeply you all are hurting. We love him and you dearly and his absolutely terrific smile will remain in our hearts forever. Much love to all of you and Dearest Sky, you precious thing, you will be missed so deeply!
God Speed ~ The Cone Family

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: RW Fanire

My thoughts and Prayers to The Duey Family .
I offer my deepest sympathy in this your time of sorrow and grief .

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Susan (Riggenbach) Brown

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Hannah Mercier

R.I.P Sky Duey, you are loved and missed by many. You were the life of the party and the only person that could light up the room when it was dead. Not a day goes by that you are not on all of our minds. You were one guy that i would never see without a smile on your face and a comment that would put a smile on everyone elses face. I love and miss you Sky Christian Duey. Watch over all of us and keep us safe. "Cowboys and Angels"

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Wanda Zumwalt

When you miss me look up into the blue Sky, for I will be there in the clouds passing by. When you want to hear my voice look up into the Sky and listen to the birds sing for that is how I am saying to you I Love You. When you want to talk to me look up into the Night Sky and pick the brightest star that is blanking for I am saying to you "it is alright for I am riding beside God now, watching over you". Look to the Sky

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: sad former neighbor

Sky was honestly one of the cutest little boys there ever was.Sky loved and was loved by all who knew him. We will always remember him roping our boys when they were skateboarding. He got them every time! They would get such a kick out of it. Our sons are totally heartbroken over this. You are forever in our hearts.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Debra Hathcoat

Sky you will be missed, you touched my heart. Ruby I'm so sorry for you loss. My prayers are with you, God bless you and your family.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Melissa Timm

I love that beautiful smile. My girls and I will miss you like crazy sweet boy.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Tammy Herridge - Baber

To all of Sky's family--
My heart aches for each of you, may god bless you in your time of sorrow. Sky sounds like he was wonderful young man and that he will be missed by the whole ranching community.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Colleen Corbridge

My thoughts and prayers are with the Duey family. I remember Sky as our neighbor and kids playmate on Arlington Street. I always have had fond memories of him-he was a bright sweet boy.

Colleen Corbridge

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Alexandria dunwoody


Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: alexandria dunwoody

R.I.P Sky
Its so great to hear that he knew even after he passed he wanted to help others, and he will do just that by being an organ donor. Organ donation is a gift so many will benefit from so they can live their lives until called home. Sky will truly live on in these very greatful people who will recieve the gift of life from from him. *awesome job Sky*

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: clarice davis

Sky will be so missed....

We are praying for him.....

He is with God...

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