BENTON -- Estel "Ed" Duty, 85, formerly of East Prairie, died at 6:20 p.m. Jan. 4, 2012, in the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born March 4, 1926, near Portageville, to the late Joseph Lorin and Myrtle Christine Blankenship Duty, he owned Duty & Kestner Excavating. He was a member of the New Fellowship of Hope Church in Benton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.
On Dec. 29, 1948, he married Ann Priest who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Sheila Taylor and Esther Lawless both of Benton; one brother Cletus F. Duty of Stockton, Calif.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: one infant daughter, Mary Christine Duty; one granddaughter, Angela Michelle Lawless; and three brothers, Everett Duty, Barney Duty and Virgil Duty.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at the Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday with Martin Lucas officiating.
Burial will follow in the East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors by the Missouri Funeral Honors Program.
Pallbearers will be Stacy Kestner, Jessie Burrell, Billy Taylor, Jason Lawless, Bill Taylor and Paul Glen Benson.
Honorary pallbearer will be J.R. Benson.
Online condolences may be made at www.shelbyfuneral.com.