DEXTER - Roscoe M. Duncan, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 29, 2004, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dexter.
Born May 1, 1919, in Osceola, Ark., son of the late Ben A. and Ella Chappell Duncan, he lived in Dexter since 1992, where he attended Calvary Baptist Church. A former resident of St. Joseph, La., where he was a member of the First Baptist Church and graduate of St. Joseph High School, he worked for a civil engineer service and Pratt and Whitney Aircraft.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in battles and campaigns in Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples, Foogia, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Eameto Medal and the Bronze Indian Arrowhead WDC 465-44 Medal and was a member and past commander of VFW Post 3993 in West Monroe, La.
Survivors include: three daughters, Patricia-Kidd Johnson of Milton, Fla., Yvonne Gibbs of St. Charles and Yvette McCurry of Harrison, Ark.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and three cousins, JoAnn McDaniel, Christine Tippen and Manuel Duncan of Louisiana.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Billy Kidd Sr. on Jan. 10, 2003; and one brother and one sister.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, where a celebration of his life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Danny Collins of Qulin will officiate.
Full graveside military honors will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.