Richard E. Duncan, 87, of East Peoria, IL died at 7:38 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at his home.
Born on May 14, 1931 in Danville, IL, to William F. and Hazel Holzer Duncan, he married Jacqueline S. Seiber on Jan 29, 1962 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on March 10, 2009 in East Peoria.
Surviving are 1 son David L. Duncan of Ocala, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, Harold E. Duncan and 1 sister, Lois J. Wilcoxen.
Growing up in Danville, IL, RIchard attended the First Methodist Church in Danville, and graduated from Danville High School. He enlisted in the Illinois National Guard Army, HQ and HQ Company, 130th Infantry Regiment, and served for 3 years.
While working at the local motion picture theatre in Danville during high school, Richard accepted the promotion to train as Theatre Manager moving to Peoria, where he started as Assistant Manager at the Madison Theatre. After his training period, he was transferred to the Apollo Theatre as Manager until its closing.
He was then employed by the City of Peoria Police Department for 9 years, working in the Patrol and Traffic Divisions. He was also a member of the Peoria Police Pistol Team. He was one of the first Peoria Policy K-9 canine dog handlers and trainers serving with his dog named “Chief”. In off shift hours, he worked for Ace Ambulance as an ambulance driver and patient attendant.
He later worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in the Corporate Security Division as a Security Officer and Fire Inspector and as an Emergency Medical Technician retiring after 30 years of service.
Richard served on the Northern Tazewell Fire Department District as a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Inspector. After retiring after 10 years with the rank of Captain, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Fire District and served as Trustee/Treasurer with a combined total of 20 years of service to the department.
He was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, local chapter, donating many hours and driving thousands of miles as courier, supplying blood and supplies to hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.
Richard was a former member of Sunnyland Christian Church in Washington, where he served as a deacon and elder. He was a current member of First Christian Church in Peoria where he also served as an elder.
A memorial service will be at 10 am Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, where inurnment will follow at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. Mr. Kevin Wolf will officiate. A memorial visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018, also at the funeral home. A fire department honor guard team will be present throughout the services, along with a full department procession to the cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Unity Point Hospice for the wonderful care that Richard received.
Memorials in Richard’s memory may be made to Unity Point Hospice.