Robert Gene Duncan, 77, of Sedalia, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Heckart/Gillespie Colonial Chapel in Sedalia. Rev. M.H. Brandt will officiate. Pallbearers will be M.T. Wade, Casey Greenway, Samuel Hildreth, Joey Rodewald, Pete Rodewald and Kurt Rodewald. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Heckart/Gillespie Funeral Home. Friends may also sign the guest register online at www.heckart-gillespie.com. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in eastern Pettis County, with military honors by VFW Post 2591.
Born Jan. 22, 1928, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Joseph Edward and Quillia Mae Burnet Duncan. In December 1980, in Sedalia, he was married to Josephine Victoria DeWitt, who preceded him in death Nov. 2, 2000.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 642, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591, where he served as quartermaster and later as post commander for four years. He and his wife served as chairpersons for the post's annual Christmas basket program. He was also Sixth District commander and received numerous citations and recognitions for his involvement with VFW. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1946 to 1948, and was stationed in Italy. He received an honorary diploma from Marshall High School in 2002.
Survivors include one son, James R. Duncan of Warrensburg; two stepsons, Phillip Rodewald of Bremon, Ind., and Rick E. Rodewald of Sedalia; two stepdaughters, Patty Jo Kroeger of Smithton and Debbie K. Petersen of Warrensburg; two sisters, Margaret Cromley and Nellie Little both of Marshall; and stepgrandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy Duncan, Dean Duncan and Houston Duncan; and two sisters, Lucille Wade and Dorothy Ellison.