CHARLESTON -- James Dale Duncan, age 76 of Charleston, was in the loving and comforting presence of his family at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, when he joined Jesus in his heavenly home on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Jim’s family invites you to join them at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Charleston Community Church, 2360 Shawnee Drive in Charleston, for a Memorial Service honoring and celebrating his life. It is requested that thoughtful donations in his honor be made to the Charleston Community Church or to Daisy’s Angels, a charity established in honor of Jim’s mother to benefit needy children. Gifts may be mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Jim was born March 2, 1941 in Greenview, IL, a son of the late Ernest and Daisy Rebecca (Karns) Duncan. He married Judy Dye on June 6, 1959 and they have been blessed with nearly 58 cherished years of marriage. In addition to his loving and devoted wife Judy, left to treasure his memory are his four children, Jim Duncan and wife Angie of Lynville, KY, Kirk Duncan and wife Jollon of Beason, IL, Mike Duncan and wife Lynn of Manchester, TN and Justine Dillon and husband Neal of Charleston. Jim dearly loved and was devoted to his 12 grandchildren, Cole (Sarah) Duncan, Seth (Elisabeth) Duncan, Mariah (Andrew) Morgan, Karmalisha Duncan, Royce Duncan, Stephen Duncan Antoinette (Jaron) Davis, Julia Duncan, Landon Duncan, Jacey Dillon, Nicholas, Dillon and Brady Dillon; as well as his 11 great-grandchildren, Emma, Ellie, Gia, Brooklyn, Branson, Wyatt, Sawyer, Isaiah, Olivia, Aleyah and Kyler. Jim is also survived by six of his seven siblings, Maye Todd (Larry) of Greenview, IL, Chuck Duncan (Margaret) of Decatur, IL, Patty Evers of Springfield, IL, Marjorie Beenders (Steve Walker) and Roberta Jo Duncan, all of Jefferson City, MO, David Duncan of Franklin, TN; Judy’s sister, Linda Whittington (Reid) of Cheraw, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by an infant son, Stephen Dale Duncan and a brother, Karl Duncan.
Jim was a graduate of Greenview High School and was employed as a claims adjuster and supervisor for Country Companies for more than 35 years. He was a faithful member of the Charleston Community Church family where he served as a deacon.
Jim was a tremendous diehard Chicago Cubs fan. Last year he not only experienced the joy of his beloved Cubs winning the World Series but was able to attend a regular season game at Wrigley Field with his sons. Music was another love of Jim’s. In his younger years he played and sang in a band, and throughout his life enjoyed a wide variety of music. He took an interest in antiques, refinishing furniture and woodworking, and his TV was usually tuned to the FOX News Channel.
Jim’s faith and his daily walk as a Godly Christian man served as an exemplary role model for his family and for others. He was gentle in spirit and possessed a heart that was filled with kindness and goodness. He earned the admiration of many as his integrity was unquestionable and his caring and selfless attitude was genuine and heartfelt. Nothing was more important to Jim than the deep and abiding love he felt for his family. His children valued his loving support and guidance and his grandchildren knew that he was their biggest fan through his certain attendance at their many events such as ballgames and dance recitals. The respect and admiration that family and friends had for Jim was well deserved and he leaves a legacy of wonderful memories of special times shared.
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