Donald Elbert Duty

Donald Elbert Duty

Donald Elbert Duty, 88, of Anna, died Monday, May 15, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. 

He was born on Aug. 1, 1934, in Union County, the son of Elbert James and Goldie Marie Williams Duty. 

He married Sarah Lea Dillow on June 25, 1952, in Jackson, Mo.

Mr. Duty is survived by his wife, Sarah Lea Duty of Anna; two children, Mitcheal (Renee) Duty of De Soto and LaDonna (Rodger) Johnson of Anna; grandchildren Michael Duty, James (Jessie) Duty, Alicia Duty, Leigh-Anne (Scott) Mitcheff and Karen (Kyle) Grant; great-grandchildren Amelia Alice Grace Gruny, Jayden Johnson, Julian Crippen, Ember, Lillian, Kaiya and Cain Mitcheff, Kylen (Nikki) Grant, Kalynn, Kollyn and Kaden Grant and Cain Briddick; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Duty loved working in the garden. He was notoriously skilled at nurturing flowers back to life. He also enjoyed raising parakeets and various game birds, as well as horseback riding. 

He spent most of his working life as an operator for the Union County Highway Department and helping his wife Sarah Lea to care for their farm.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Pastor Scott Foster officiating. Interment was in the Anna Cemetery. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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