Robert Duncan


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SAVOY — Robert Eugene Duncan, 87, was born in Danville on March 7, 1932. He passed away Thursday (March 7, 2019) at 11:59 p.m. at Autumn Fields, Savoy.

Bob was the only child of the late Alva and Louise (Frye) Duncan. Bob was a graduate of Paxton High School. He went on to serve in the Seabees, a Navy construction battalion, during the Korean War.

On March 15, 1953, Bob married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Woodworth. They lovingly raised four children together.

For 40 years Bob worked as a crane operator in Local 841, following in the footsteps of his father. Bob worked on many buildings around Champaign-Urbana, including Beckman Institute, the Assembly Hall and the remodeling of Memorial Stadium. He also worked on many buildings on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.

Upon retirement, Bob and his wife lived briefly in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Bob enjoyed the sunshine! Bob and Sue also enjoyed travelling in the U.S., as well as abroad.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, William “Bill” Duncan.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Jane (Robert) Mumm of Sidney, Sally Duncan of Urbana and Jerry (Tara) Duncan of Gilbert, Ariz., four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Philo Presbyterian Church, Philo. Pastor Jason Schiller will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Hospice, 501 Interstate Drive, Suite C, Champaign, IL 61822. Condolences may be offered at