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Duane Shirley McCall


Duane Shirley McCall, known as Mac, Puz, and Grandpa, died at 10:12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Steeples McCall; two daughters, Pam (Lyle Gene) Keeran of Colchester, and Denise McCall of Milwaukee, Wis.; one son, Michael (Jeanette) McCall of Macomb; five grandchildren, Joshua (Amber) McCall, Karis Keeran and her fiancee Charles Derry, and Kaleb Keeran, all of Macomb, Keena Keeran of Agawam, Mass., and Jessica McCall of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one great-grandchild, Shannon Duane McCall
He graduated from Newman High School in 1944 and entered WIU in June of that year. He was drafted in May 1945 and met his wife Myrtle in Washington, D.C. in1946 while she was working for the Department of the Navy. He and Myrtle McCall were married Aug. 31, 1946. He was a member of the American Legion in Macomb. He earned his B.S. and M.S. at Millikin University and completed later graduate work at Western Illinois State Teacher’s College. He was a member of the Pontoosuc Community Church and a business administrator at the First United Methodist Church in Springfield for over four years before moving to Macomb in 1989 to be close to his family.
He served as a teacher in Hale, Mo., Flora and Monticello before becoming an principle at the Argenta-Oreana High School. He was later a superintendent at Cuba and Meredosia. He served on the Macomb School Board of Education from 2001-2005. He initiated a football program at Argenta-Oreana and at Meredosia coached the first ever winning football team in 1972. He went on to have the best record in the history of the school.  
He loved his family, education and football. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb, with the Rev. Jerry Nichols officiating.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites to be accorded.
Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Macomb Educational Foundation or the charity of the donor’s choice. Please sign guestbook at

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