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Ernest “Karl” Duncan

d. December 15, 2015

Ernest “Karl” Duncan, age 79, of Springfield, said he proved everyone wrong and made it into heaven on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

He is survived by three sons, Dennis Duncan of Springfield, IL, Randy Duncan of Springfield, IL, and Craig Duncan of San Diego, CA; one daughter, Kristy (husband Donald) Nation of Springfield, IL; three grandchildren, Zack Duncan, Jessup Duncan, and Duncan Nation; one great-grandchild, Gavin Duncan; siblings, Maye (husband Larry) Todd of Greenview,IL,  Charles “Chuck” (wife Margaret Helen) Duncan of Decatur, IL,  James “Jimmy” (wife Judy) Duncan of Charleston, IL, Patty Evers of Greenview, IL, Marjorie Beenders (husband Steve Walker) of Jefferson City, MO, Jo Duncan of Jefferson City, MO, David Duncan of Nashville, TN; and several nieces and nephews, cousins, loved family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra K. Duncan and twin sons, Donald Eugene and Douglas Bennett (mother Joyce D. Duncan).

Ernest was born March 11, 1936 in Springfield, Illinois the son of Ernest L. and Daisy Rebecca Karns Duncan.

He was a decorated veteran and retired as an E8 for the United States Army he dedicated twenty-five years of his life and served in Vietnam and in Korea.  He was proud to serve his country and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and many others for his heroic service.

Ernest retired from the State of Illinois at McFarland Mental Health Center as an Administrative Assistant.

Ernest Karl was a huge Cub fan, avid golfer, loved old cars, and enjoyed listening to music.  He also loved to cook, coach, and played many sports, and was always ready for a “cold” can of Coca-Cola.  He had a big heart, a great sense of humor, but most of all, he loved his family and friends and enjoyed the company of his one-eyed cat, Mr. Tibbs.

Visitation will be held on Monday December 21, 2015 from 9:30 until time of funeral services at 10:30 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.

Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL at 12:00 Noon.

Rev. Bob Dykman and Jimmy Duncan (brother of Ernest) will be officiating.

Memorials can be sent to: Daisy’s Angels, P.O. Box 17, Greenview, Illinois  62642.

The family would like to give their love, gratitude, and appreciation to Mike and Dawn Whalen, BethAnn Cummings, Gracie Cummings, Patty Evers, Shanda Strawkas, Irene Felton, Danielle Broomfield, Regina McLaughlin, Angie Marie Clifton, and special thanks to Master Sergeant Tony Rudin for his contribution and his help with our father’s uniform.

The family would also like to give a special recognition to an extraordinary woman in Ernest’s life, Dotty Leveque.


  1. My sincerest condolences to those Duncan family members I know and love, and to those whom I only know through wonderful family stories. Yours is a strong, loving family and I pray that warm memories of family times will comfort you throughout the days and months ahead.

  2. I feel blessed to have known Karl for a number of years as a golfer and then as a co-worker. He was one of the kindest and wisest people I ever met. His sense of humor was next to none, especially when he shared his reminiscences of life in the military and his early years in and around Greenview. He was proud of his family, his community, and his country. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

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