James Ronald Duncan I, 83, of Potomac, passed away at 5:51 a.m. Sunday, May 9, 2021, at his home.
James was born on February 14, 1938, in Rossville, Illinois, the son of Mason B. and Dorene Jane (Amick) Duncan. He married Anne Burke on November 26, 1959, at the United Methodist Church, in Potomac. She survives.
He is also survived by one daughter- Jane (Kevin) Collins of Ogden; two sons- James (Annie) Duncan II of Newark, Ohio and John (Joyce) Duncan of Auburn, Illinois; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister- Joyce (Paul) Stimak of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; sister-in-law- Loretta Burke of Potomac; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister- Bette Hosler.
James graduated from Potomac High School, in 1957. After high school, he served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1964. Jim worked for 30 years as a clerk for the railroad until his retirement in 2003 and he also farmed for several years. He was a member of the Middlefork United Methodist Church, Potomac Lions Club and Pleasant View Masonic Lodge, where he was a 32-degree Mason. James enjoyed genealogy, collecting trains, gardening and most importantly to him was spending time with his family, especially hosting wiener roasts.
A Celebration of James’ Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2021, at the Middlefork United Methodist Church, with Pastor George Desmond officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, at the church. He will be laid to rest following the services in Potomac Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by the Potomac American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Middlefork United Methodist Church. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jim’s life. Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
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