He was born on Dec. 6, 1927, at Greenbush to William Joseph and Anna (O'Rourke) Duling. He grew up on the family farm near Walnut and attended country schools.
He worked as a farmer and stockman on his farm near Walnut for 54 years. He had worked as a cowboy at the Parsons Livestock Association. He also worked as a gentleman rancher in his retirement.
He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul and the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Walnut. He was also a member of the St. Paul Saddle Club, Knights of Columbus and the Walnut Ruritan Club. He enjoyed riding horses, coon hunting, raising cattle and horses, and, most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.
He married Frances Titmus on Aug. 28, 1954, St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Walnut. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Jim Duling of Wichita and Chris Duling of Walnut; his daughter, Roberta Mattox and her husband, Don, of Erie; four grandchildren, Aaron Mattoxm, Kendra Mattox, both of Erie, Broc Mattox of Pittsburg and Tyler Duling of Emporia; five sisters, Patricia Riley of Seattle, Cleo O'Brien of St. Paul, Mary Nelson of Zilliah, Wash., Ann Thomasovich of Sacramento, Calif., and Joann Mengrelli of Granger, Wash.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Pat Duling and Luke Duling; and a sister, Eileen Ermey.
Mass of Christian Burial will at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Walnut. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery at Walnut. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the church with visitation following. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Paul Saddle Club and these may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 303 N. Grant St., P.O. Box 182, Erie, 66733.