Verle D. "Duffy" Duffield, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant and former owner of the Sherwood Forest general store, died of a heart attack June 6 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Florida. A former Arnold resident, he was 75 and had retired to Summerfield, Fla.
After graduating from Chariton High School in Iowa in 1949, Sergeant Duffield enlisted in the Air Force and began a 26 1/2 -year career in the service. He served in Korea, England, Germany, Italy and Greece, and was stationed at Fort Meade with the National Security Agency during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
He was married for 49 years to the former Angela Emery, and the couple settled in Arnold in August 1972, according to a son, Michael Duffield of Catonsville. After his retirement, Sergeant Duffield ran the post office and general store in the Sherwood Forest community until moving to Florida in 1991.
Sergeant Duffield had been active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed fishing.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road.
In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Scott Duffield of Ocean Pines; a daughter, Tracy Zeiler of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Hugh Duffield of Springfield, Ill., and Richard Duffield of Mobile, Ala.; two sisters, Edithe Daugherty and Joan Farrell, both of Chariton, Iowa; and five grandchildren.