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Duane Bowman Christy, 103, of Humphreys, Missouri went to be with his precious lord on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 in Trenton, Missouri. 

Duane was born on March 8, 1920 to his parents Wilhelmina Winifred (Sevier) and William Cleveland Christy on their farm in Sullivan County southeast of Milan, Missouri. He was the last surviving of five siblings, Harold Christy, Colon Christy, Cleveland Christy, Eula Christy, Dunlap Ingraham and Ernest Christy. 

While serving our country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Massachusetts he married the love of his life Mary Maxine (Elliott) on August 10, 1944 in Everett, Washington. They had a loving 78 years, 11 months together. After his discharge from the service, they set up their own family farm southwest of Humphreys, Missouri and the have two amazing sons; Larry and Gary and their wives Donna (decease) and Barbara; five wonderful grandchildren Eric/ Connie, Josh, Holly, Kelli/Donnie, Tyson/ Natalie and five step granddaughters; incredible great grandchildren, and sweet great-great grandchildren. One blessed family all because of him. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews. 

Duane loved his country and was a very loyal patriot and proud of his country and service to it. He worked hard on the farm along side “Macky as he called her, from sunrise to sunset, and he could fix just about anything he set his mind to. That John Deere tractor was his pride and joy but he got more pleasure just riding and working with it! He could grow the biggest and best garden in the country, always producing enough to can and put up for the winter and sharing with everyone. You would never know where he’d be when he’d get on that 4-wheeler grinning from ear to ear. 

More than anything he loved his family. The kids gave him great pleasure and happiness as he did all of them. He got on the floor with them to play and had a time with them, sometimes teasing wasn’t uncommon either. His morning exercises on the bicycle and pushups kept him in shape and he would let us know he never had a belly on him and let us know when we were getting one. He was always on the go and active, taking off in a hurry like he was running and hardly ever just strolled leisurely. He loved to remanence and tell stories of the early years and sometimes about his brothers-in-law pulling stunts and would have everyone having a laughing fit. 

Duane was a loving husband, caring father and compassionate friend to many. He sure will be missed. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at Galt Christian Church, Galt, Missouri. Burial followed in Stucker Cemetery south of Laredo, Missouri. 

Family visitation was held Saturday from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the church. 

Memorials to Joseph L. Norton Post No. 919 V.F.W. and they may be left with Slater-Neal Funeral Home, Trenton, Missouri.