David Budd Duncan, son of Eugene and Ida Budd Duncan, was born on July 12, 1943. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1961 and the University of Illinois in 1965 with a degree in agricultural economics. Childhood experience, formal and informal education, and personal faith prepared him for a lifelong career as a fifth generation farmer. He married Marcia Ott on July 6, 1968.
David enjoyed boating on the Mississippi River, attending his children’s and grandchildren’s school activities, watching Fighting Illini sports, hosting global and local guests on the family farm or on the river, traveling across the U.S. and Europe, and reading. He was known for his patience, kindness, and humorous one-liners.
His community involvement included the following: Center Presbyterian Church of Seaton member and elder, Iowa National Guard, Pope’s River Church trustee, Jaycee chaplain, Farm Bureau Young Farmers State board member, Mercer County Farm Bureau board member, Aledo Community School District Board of Education secretary, Seaton Park District, Mercer County Historical Society board member, and Aledo Rotary Club past president and treasurer.
David died on May 26, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marcia; his sons, William Allen and Jeffrey Aaron; his daughter, Denise Ann Ganpat; his grandsons, Trenton and Cael Duncan and Grant and Blake Ganpat; his brother, Wayne (Polley) Duncan; his nieces, Kristin Fisk and Abigail Todd; his nephew, Samuel Fisk. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Margaret.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for the Mercer County Historical Society or Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation for college scholarships.
Visitation will be held at Fippinger Funeral Home on Saturday, May 30, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., with a private burial to follow at Candor Cemetery.
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Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation
Aledo IL 61231
Mercer County Historical Society
1406 SE 2nd Avenue, Aledo IL 61231