Duane “Duce” King, 85, Jasper

Duane “Duce” King, 85, of Jasper, died Thursday, July 2, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Brazil December 12, 1934, to Addison and Lois (Helms) King. He married Bernice Ebert August 20, 1960, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Duce was a pipefitter. He was a U.S. Army veteran and played football and baseball for the Army. He was a semi-pro baseball player and played for numerous area teams. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and woodworking. He was a member of Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church in Mariah Hill, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, and numerous other organizations within the community.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice King; one son, Bruce King and wife Christina, West Morland, Tennessee; three daughters, Valarie Van Winkle and husband Daniel, Mariah Hill, Brenda Burkitt and husband David, Mulkeytown, Illinois, and Michelle King, Louisville; one sister, Donna Hoyer, Sarasota, Florida; one brother, Conway King and wife Jean, Newburgh; and 10 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Gary King, and one sister, Sharane Neihaus.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Mary Help of Christians Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ferdinand Legion Post 124. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.