2 Cantwell Men Found Shot To Death


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Vernon Duncan and Paul Marshall, both of Cantwell, were found shot to death last Saturday. Marshall came to his death as the result of gunshot wounds from the hands of Vernon Duncan, and Duncan to his death by a self-inflicted wound in his head caused by a 25 automatic pistol bullet. These facts were stated at an inquest conducted at the Boyer Funeral Home in Desloge by Coroner Berl J. Miller, Monday morning.

Six witnesses were questioned and the same jury returned the joint verdicts. Marshall was shot three times with bullets from a 25 automatic. Duncan fired the shot in his right temple, the bullet coming out on the left side of the head.

The Coroners' Jury which convened at 10 a.m., Monday, rendered the following verdict:

"Paul Marshall came to his death as a result of gunshot wounds from the hands of Vernon Duncan."

"Vernon Duncan came to his death by self inflicted wound in his head caused by 25 automatic pistol bullet."

The shooting of Marshall took place about two o'clock Saturday afternoon in front of Ward's Store in Cantwell, and Duncan was found dead in his car near Loughboro by local officers about ten o'clock Saturday night.


Vernon Duncan, son of Henry and Laura Jane Bove Duncan, was born in Cantwell, Mo., July 27, 1924, and departed this life February 12, 1955, aged 30 years 6 months 15 days. He attended Desloge public schools and at the time of death was employed by St. Joseph Lead Company.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served from May 13, 1943 to February 5, 1946. He spent 19 months overseas in the Mediterranean Theatre as air transport technician.

Surviving are his wife, Geraldine and three children: Gary Lee, 5, Danny Gene, 4, and Richard Wayne, 2; also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Duncan of Cantwell; three brothers, Monroe Duncan of St. Louis, Roy of Bonne Terre and Carl of Elvins; and two sisters, Irene (Mrs. Joe Hawkins), Bonne Terre, and Annabelle (Mrs. Clyde Busenbark), Flat River.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Cantwell, conducted by Rev. T. R. Lewis. Interment was in the K. of P. cemetery, St. Francois. C.Z. Boyer & Son service.


Paul Marshall was born September 4, 1927, in Cantwell, Mo., and passed away February 12, 1955, aged 27 years 5 months 8 days. He was a son of Mrs. Kate Marshall of Cantwell and the late Dolph Marshall.

Surviving are his mother, with whom he lived; five sisters, Allee (Mrs. Bill Everetts), St. Louis; Susie (Mrs. W. C. Stegall), Bonne Terre; Glenda (Mrs. Paul Barton), Flat River; Minnie (Mrs. W. E. Woods), Cantwell; and a twin, Pauline (Mrs. Lester Ames), Potosi; and a brother, Grant Marshall, Cantwell; also his fiancee, Miss Mary Voreschoski of Flat River.

He had spent his entire life in Cantwell and attended Desloge High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served 18 months overseas. He was awarded the Korean Service medal, W-3 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service medal and ROK Presidential unit citation.

Funeral services were held at the Cantwell Church of God on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bill Herron. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery. C.Z. Boyer & Son service.

Published by the LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, Fri. Feb. 18, 1955.