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William (Bill) Edwin Duke was born on April 2, 1953 to William Ernest Duke and Ruby Marie Duke in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He passed away on May 26, 2013 at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Bill was raised and educated in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had one year at Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Lake Side high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Bill participated in swimming and basketball during his school years.

Bill resided in Nebraska, Iowa and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He enjoyed fishing, bird hunting and the best of it all, his chocolate lab, Laudie.

Bill is survived by his sister, Deirdre Duke, and son Alexander of Portland, Oregon; son, Justin Stevenson and his wife, Cindy, and their two daughters of Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

The last 26 years of his life were spent with his partner, Karen Arnold, and her children, DeLoris Hardnett and Shelly Hayes. Their grandchildren include Dylan, Anthony, Alexa, DeAndra, Quentin, Charlene, Ashley, Tyler and Alyssa, whom provided him with love and joy for the remainder of his life.

Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

Graveside services were held at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, with Larry Hayes officiating. Casket bearers included Larry Hayes, JJ Tholen, Joe Gasnick, Rob Coop, Dylan Coop and Quentin Hingeley, Sr.

  Honorary pallbearers were Wendell Prindle, Dave McCullen and Tom Vaught.     

Burial was in the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. 

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