Alvester A. Duckworth Jr., 74, of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at St. John Hospital. He was born November 26, 1947, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Alvester A. and Rita (Dougherty) Duckworth Sr.
He attended Leavenworth High School and graduated from the Los Angeles Arts and Entertainers School.
Al accepted Jesus Christ as a young man and was a God-fearing member of the Leavenworth Church of God, where he was a keyboardist for many years. Anyone that knew Al knew how passionate he was about his music. He played keyboard for the group Bloodstones, and was also an intricate part in the local group Quiet fire. While playing for the Bloodstones, Al shared the stage with the like of Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Isaac Hayes, Franklin Beverly and Maze, The Whispers and countless others.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. Al was an active member in his local community. Al was employed by D.D.E. VA Medical Center and retired after 22 years. After retirement he worked for the Leavenworth Police Department for two years as an admin assistant. He looked forward to the summertime to plant his garden and mowing lawns. A self-taught computer wizard and a musician extraordinaire. Al had to be Big Dudes Music Store’s favorite customer.
Al is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Lucinda Benson Duckworth, his children and their spouses; an Aunt Matilda Chase; mother-in-law, Genevieve Benson; his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James; two sisters, Rita and Anita; and his daughter, Laura.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.