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William Duke

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Graveside services for Mr. William Duke, 95, of Lincoln, Neb. will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland.

Visitation with the family will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Military honors will be conducted by the USAF from Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.

Mr. Duke passed away Sunday, Oct. 24, in Lincoln.

The son of Ira and Mattie (Cogdill) Duke was born Sept. 16, 1915, on a farm northeast of Sutherland. Duke first came to Lincoln in 1955 leaving in 1965 and returning in 1967 residing in Lincoln ever since. He attended a number of schools in northeast Iowa and California graduating from high school in Peterson. He attended the University of Maryland briefly. He entered the military in 1941 and in 1942 was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States. In 1947, Duke was appointed First Lieutenant, Air Corps, Regular Army. He graduated from Air Staff and Command School and Associate Course Air War College. Stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base from 1958 to 1965. Last assignment at Base was Executive Officer 818th Air Division. His 25-year military career included service during three armed conflicts; World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Duke retired from the United States Air Force in 1966 as a Lieutenant Colonel. After retirement, he was employed by the State of Nebraska as Deputy Director of the State Department of Personnel retiring from that position in 1977.

Duke was a member of the American Legion Post No. 3, Lincoln, Neb. and a life member of The Retired Officers Association. In 1942, he was united in marriage with Ruth Lillian Jensen in Greenville, S.C. They are the parents of one son, Terry William.

Left to cherish his memory are his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Wendy of Seattle, Wash.; two grandsons: Nicholas and Matthew; nephew, Howard; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth in 1977; and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the donor's favorite charity.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.