William "Bill" J. Durst, 91, of Durham, died April 20, 2021 at his home in Durham, MO.
Bill was born May 16, 1929, in Quincy, Illinois to Louis and Edith Thompson Durst. He was married to Marge Keller on September 26, 1953 in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Bill was a graduate of Liberty High School in Liberty, IL. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.
Bill farmed in Lewis County for 68 years. He had a great love for his family, the farm, and his cats.
Survivors include his Wife, Marge Durst of Durham, MO. his children Rick (Peggy) Durst, Diane (Ben) Bozarth, grandchildren Sarah (Tom) Adam, Kelly (Josh) Sharpe, Amy Durst, Stephen Durst, Brett (Lauren) Bozarth, Andrew (Maggie) Bozarth, and Erin Bozarth; great grandchildren Austin Adam, Claire Adam, Erick Sharpe, Cora Sharpe, Luke Bozarth, Layla Bozarth, Lydia Bozarth, and Lucy Bozarth; and sister Mary Ann Speckhart.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Edith Thompson Durst, siblings Sam Durst, Ed Durst, Paul Durst, Dale Durst, Dorothy Blentlinger, Edith Schultz, infant daughter Jayne Durst, and infant great- granddaughter Natalie Adam.
Graveside Services with full Military Honors by American Legion Post 578 Lewistown, MO were held April 23, 2021 at Durham Cemetery in Durham, MO. Visitation was held April 23, 2021 at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, MO. Pallbearers: Sarah Adam, Kelly Sharpe, Amy Durst, Stephen Durst, Austin Adam, Brett Bozarth, Andrew Bozarth, and Erin Bozarth.
Memorial contributions may be made to Durham Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at www.LewisBrothersFuneralChapel.com.
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