Ronald August Duncan

Ronald "Ron" August Duncan, 70, of Belleville, Illinois, born Monday, December 1, 1941, in East Saint Louis, IL, died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Ron and his twin brother Don were 3rd generation co-owners of August Mirring Florist in East St. Louis, Belleville and Edwardsville. After selling the flower shops, Ron worked as a floral supply salesman and later worked at Kirkwood Florist in Kirkwood, MO. His floral designs were distinctive and easily recognized as his by those who knew him.

Never one to meet a stranger, Ron carried on conversations with everyone he met. He also enjoyed collecting a variety of objects, fishing, working in the yard, and traveling. He was especially proud that he had visited all 50 states.
He attended Signal Hill Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL and was a member of East Lodge 504 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, Ainad Shrine, and Elks Lodge #481 BPOE.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Emery L. and Katherine nee Mirring, Duncan

Surviving are his:

  • Wife of 45 years: Judy nee Bloomquist, Duncan of Belleville, IL
  • Son: Robert A. (Kathryn) Duncan of Belleville, IL
  • Twin Brother: Donald L. (Patricia) Duncan of Belleville, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Brooke Duncan
    • Molly Duncan
  • Sisters-in-Law:
    • Nancy (Donald) Van Osdale
    • Susan Benton
  • Nephews
    • Gary (Rhonda) Van Osdale
    • Brian Van Osdale
  • Twin Nieces
    • Megan Benton
    • Melissa Benton
  • Great Nephews
    • Nicholas Van Osdale
    • Alex Van Osdale
  • Cousins and a host of truly great friends

Memorials: Flowers make the perfect memorial.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, September 24, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Wiesner officiating. Private family interment wll be held.

Condolences left for Ronald August Duncan:

    Judy and family; Our thoughts and prayers are with you,along with our love for Ron. God must of had the need for another wonderful person in heaven. Frank&Patti


    Although our lives touched only briefly as 10 year old boys, we had one thing in common being born on the same day.

    David Sayre Shiloh IL 62269

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Ron was always a great guy and never had a bad word about anyone. He will be dearly missed.
    Bob and Karen Fries

    Bob and Karen Fries Belleville IL 62223

    We're so sorry to not be there to share our grief and comfort. Ron was a great guy who was always welcome at our house and in my shop. We'll really miss his easy going humor and friendly conversation.

    Jim and Ricci Lougeay Belleville Illinois 62223

    Reader's Digest used to run a column called "My Most Unforgettable Character." Ron Duncan will always be one of the most unforgettable characters of my life. From the time he hired me to work in his yard 40 years ago when I was in high school, to delivering flowers, to his helping my parents get in the flower business, to the time he and Judy stopped by my home here on the East Coast just a year or two ago -- Ron Duncan was a mentor and a friend. He was unfailingly gracious, friendly, kind -- and perhaps more than anything, he was funny. The Allens are all grateful to have known him, and we will all miss him.

    Mark S. Allen Alexandria Virginia 22314