Obituaries detail

Austin S. Duncan, Age: 84

 

Austin S. Duncan, 84, went home to be with the Lord March 24th 2019.  Austin honorably served his country with pride and dedication for 20 years.  He was awarded the Bronze Star in Vietnam when his platoon came under fire and a fellow soldier was wounded. Austin took that soldier to an aid station, then immediately returned to his platoon to help in the fighting. His actions that day saved at least one life and were considered heroic by the men of his platoon. He was awarded the Air Medal after he served more than 200 hours in a Huey as an air observer over enemy territory and the Distinguished Service Medal during the Tet Offensive when he was off duty and about to head away from the fighting and instead hitched a ride on a Huey and spent the next 25 hours as an air observer directing fire onto three batallions on North Vietnamese who were attacking.  He was proudest to have received the Purple Heart. 

He was respected and loved by those who knew him as the genuine man he was.   His sense of humor and loving devotion to family,  friends and Sophie (his 4- legged child) will long be remembered.  We will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Belva Centers Duncan; father, Arthur Duncan; sister, Patty Duncan; brother, Harry Duncan; grandchild, Crissy Duncan. 

He leaves behind his wife,  Dorothy Hirt Duncan; daughters, Diane Duncan, Susan Duncan and Julie House (Don); sons, Scott Duncan (Susan), Joel Duncan (Pam); step-sons, Bryan Bumgarner (Vivian), Dan Bumgarner (Pete`), Jeff Bumgarner (Beverly); brother, Jim Duncan (Donna); sisters, Lou Beach, Gloria Duncan, Myra Crawford; numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be June 1, 2019, 12 noon, at the Sharon Cemetery in Drexel,  Missouri.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 PM following a graveside service at John Knox Ambassador Room, 500 Northwest Murray Rd., Lee's Summit, Mo., 64081.  Those wishing to meet and travel together will leave from the Ambassador parking lot at 11 AM.


 

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Graveside Service
Location:
Sharon Cemetery
Address:
City:
Drexel
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
Date of Service:
Jun 01 ,2019
Time of Service:
12:00 pm
Additional Information:

Those wishing to meet and travel together will leave from the ambassador parking lot at 11:00 am.

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Additional Service:
Celebration of Life
Location:
John Knox Ambassador Room
Address:
500 NW Murray Rd.
City:
Lee's Summit
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64081
Date of Service:
Jun 01 ,2019
Time of Service:
2:00 pm
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No Additional Information Added
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Condolences

Dan Smotherman Apr 02 ,2019

Friend ,Lee’s Summit ,Missouri

He will be missed. He was a friend to all. I enjoyed our times together. Bowling was a shared passion.

RHONDA BEFFRE Apr 02 ,2019

Niece ,Heiskell ,Tennessee

Thank you, Dorothy, for being such a beautiful, shining star in Austin's life. He always expressed to us his love for you, his angel, a special lady for a special man. Even as a child I knew there was something extraordinary about Austin. He was always nicely dressed in his uniform and had a smile on his face. His hand always felt so big when I was fortunate enough to hold it. He was kind and he made us all laugh. His hugs were genuine and we thought his heart was as big as a watermelon. In these past few years I was blessed to be near him, talking with him, hearing his stories and feeling loved by him. He was always handsome to me. I loved his voice and his laughter. I admired his ability to always speak kindly to strangers. His passing is a huge loss for this family. What a precious man Austin was to me. Oh how I will miss him and I will never forget him. My little ones will hear all the stories I have to share about my hero, Uncle Austin. And Dorothy, you will always be a real treasure to me. I'll be praying for comfort and peace to get you through. When I 'grow up' I want to be just like you.

Katherine melton Apr 03 ,2019

Friend ,Independence ,Missouri

I'm sorry for your loss. He won't be forgotten

Maurice and Georgia Hart Apr 05 ,2019

close service friend ,Eagle Rock ,Missouri

Dianna we are so sorry wish we could be there for you, we so enjoyed both jeanne and Austin in El paso, when in services. Thank you for letting us know We loved you when you was just a little one and I know we would love you now our prayers are with you Georgia

Don & Edie Hensley May 09 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you in the loss of Austin. He was a great camping friend and we have so many fond memories of our times together through the years. We miss him so much.