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Aug. 15, 1920—March 10, 2015 Charles Leslie Duncanson, 94, passed away March 10, 2015, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Devoted husband of Helen Muriel (Anderson) Duncanson, father of six, grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of six, he is survived by daughters, Ann Marie Kern (Fred), Jean Helen Bertman (Barney) and Mary Jo Duncanson; sons, Charles Scott Duncanson (Gwen Surratt) and Peter Leslie Duncanson (Cindy); and sister, Corrine Fenner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in October 2014; infant son, James Allen Duncanson; brothers, Stuart Duncanson and Robert Duncanson; sisters, Marilyn Stewart and Jean Schlinsog; and parents, Charles Leslie Duncanson and Anna (Espeseth) Duncanson. Charles was born August 15, 1920, in Byron, MN, and grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Winona State College, where he lettered in basketball, football, baseball and track. In 2000, he was inducted into the Winona State University Athletic Hall of Fame. It was at Winona that he met and courted Helen Anderson. Following Helen’s graduation from Winona State in 1943, they were married. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in October 2013. He taught high school industrial arts and served in the Army Air Corps as an aircraft repair instructor during World War II. After the war, he was a partner with Helen’s brother Chuck Anderson in the C&D Café (for Chuck & Dunc) in her hometown of Spring Grove, MN. In 1951, he began a 31-year career with Metropolitan Life that took their growing family to Rochester, MN, LaCrosse, WI, Garden City, MI, and Southfield, MI, before retiring to Fairfield Glade, TN. He was an active member of Rotary International as well as a seasoned golf league organizer and master storyteller. A lifelong member of the Methodist church, Charlie served numerous congregations as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, board and committee member, lay minister, usher and all-around volunteer. Visitation and memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Dr, Crossville, TN 38558. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  April 6, 2015
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