Charles Leo DUKE

January 1, 1920 ~ February 5, 2009

Mr. Charles Leo Duke passed away late Thursday night, Feb. 5, 2009, at Parkland Health Center, South, in Farmington, at the age of 89 years, 1 month & 4 days. Charles was born on January 1, 1920, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and was the son of Joel Duke & Jessie 'Ellison' Duke. Also preceding-in-death were: 3 Sisters: Velma Blue; Florence Maynard; Juanita Taylor. 5 Brothers: Bill Duke; Joe R. Duke; Jack Duke; Bob Duke & Beryle Duke. Also, 1 Brother-In-Law: Ronald Johnson; 2 Sisters-In-Law: Melba Seabaugh and Dana Barner.

Charles was a member of the Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. Charles was a US ARMY Veteran of World War II. Charles was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action near Buna, New Guinea on Nov. 30, 1942. Charles was a member of Norman L. Rigdon VFW Post #5896 & LePere-McCallister American Legion Post #416, both of Farmington. Charles and Alsie were married Aug. 9, 1947, in Hernando, Mississippi.

Survivors Include : his wife of 61 1/2 years, Alsie Fern 'Johnson' Duke, of Farmington; 5 Sisters-In-Law: Alta Miller, of California; Irene Frohock, of Farmington; Jean 'Mrs. Ed' Kuntz, of Farmington; Rowena 'Mrs. Freeman' Jones, of Farmington; and Sherry 'Mrs. Doyen' Williams, of Fredericktown, MO. Also surviving are numerous Nieces & Nephews.

Visitation : Sunday, 2-6 p.m. Visitation resumes Monday at 6:30 a.m.

Funeral : Monday, 10:00 a.m., February 9, 2009,

at : TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Rev. Steve Thomas officiating.

Interment with military honors follows at Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve County, MO.

Memorials to : * The Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, Building Fund &/or * The American Cancer Society.

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  1. Alsie, Jerry and I were so saddened to hear of Charlie's passing, as we both loved him dearly! We wish we could have attended the funeral, but didn't feel that Jerry could make the trip. We are sorry that we weren't there to help comfort you in your sorrow. Charlie will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with you.

  2. Hello Alsie, I was very sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. I have fond memories of you both from when I visited with you as a boy. I hope you find comfort in the prayers and wishes of family and friends.

  3. We were sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Duke. We remember him well from our attendance at the Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. He was a very kind, gentle man. I'm sure he'll be missed by many. We just learned of his death tonight and I was just thinking of the people we have met at that church just a few days ago and Mr. Duke came to mind. The family will be prayed for. Keith and Carol Crites

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