Odie Lee "Red" Duke Jr.

April 4, 1929January 27, 2019

Odie Lee “Red” Duke, Jr., 89, of Evansville, IN passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019. He was born in Nebo, KY on April 4, 1929 to Odie L. and Madge Duke.

Odie, “Red,” served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a Corporal in the infantry and was highly decorated. Red and Rosetta were married in 1957 and enjoyed 61 years together. He worked at Zenith for 32 years and retired from Creative Press in 2006. Red had a great sense of humor and he was loved by everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Betty Ann Wilson.

Red is survived by wife, Rosetta J. “Sis” Duke; daughters, Laura Simmons, Vicky Duke; son, Eric Duke; grandchildren, Mandy Smith, Elizabeth Irwin, Elise McKeethen, Jacob Duke; great-grandchildren, Juliana Smith, Jay Irwin, Hudson Smith; and brother, Harry Duke.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Alexander West Chapel with burial in Locust Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and 12:00 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to assist the family with final expenses.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2019

Odie Lee "Red" Duke Jr.

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Pam Tucker

January 30, 2019

I worked with Odie at Creative Press. He was one of the nicest, funniest guys ever. Everyone loved him. RIP Odie. You will be missed.

Kimberly Pike

January 28, 2019

Where do you begin with a memory?? My Uncle Red or later in life became my papaw. So many wonderful memories that I will hold onto 4/ever. To my loving Nana and 4/ever family : Remember perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of papaw pours through. So as you sit on the front porch and look at the stars, you will always be thinking of papaw. I love you Papaw. Give my dad a hug and tell him I miss him up in Heaven. Till we meet again....

Kim Tucker

January 28, 2019

Uncle Red was one of the funniest people I have ever known!! Always had a smile and a big ol bear hug for ya...I know mom greeted him with open arms...just know I am there with you all in spirit and I love you all and continue prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.❤️❤️