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Kenneth Duncan (1926 - 2013)

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Kenneth G. Duncan

Conrad, Montana —Kenneth G. Duncan, World War II Veteran, 87, died of natural causes on May 19, 2013 at the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell, Montana.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Conrad Montana at 11:00 AM. . A reception will be held at the Conrad Moose Lodge immediately following and at 2:00 PM the funeral party will depart for Dupuyer, Montana for internment in the Dupuyer Cemetery at 3:00 PM., where Ken will be put to rest.

Ken was born in Conrad, Montana on May 12, 1926 to Oscar W. Duncan and Hermine Elizabeth (Minnie) Kallner Duncan. Ken was the 8th of 12 kids. He attended numerous country schools, including seventh through ninth grade in Conrad. He then transferred to Chester High School where he graduated in 1944.

He entered the Army in March 1945. By the time he finished basic training, victory was declared in Europe. He reported to Camp Gordon, Georgia for additional training. By the time his training has ended at Camp Gordon, the Japanese had surrendered. Thereafter he was sent to Fort Ord, California where he was processed and sent to Korea. He was assigned to an engineering unit in Korea for 6 months and then reassigned to the Quarter Master unit in Seoul, Korea until he was released from the military in December, 1946.

Ken Duncan returned from Korea, where he started dating Dorothea (Dot) Thomas of Pendroy, Montana. Ken married Dot on August 24, 1947 at her parents place east of Pendroy, Montana. Kenneth delivered mail for a time in the Ledger area, then he worked for Ted Hawley of Conrad. Thereafter, Ken and Dot farmed with her father on the Pendroy bench until 1956 when they moved 5 miles west of Dupuyer, Montana where they ranched from 1956 until Dot's death in 1990.

Dot and Ken had 3 children Sherri Donovan, Terry Dougherty and Greg Duncan. Ken served two terms as Pondera County Commissioner. He was a member of the Conrad Moose Lodge, the Masons and the VFW. Ken had also served on the Dupuyer School Board and then beginning in 1970 he served on the Valier High School Board. Ken loved to play cards, hunt and he loved being outdoors with his cattle and livestock. While serving on the Pondera Hospital Board he met Jeannie Farrar.

On September 2, 1995, Ken married Jeannie Farrar of Conrad Montana. Jeannie and Ken resided at 326 Sixth Avenue Southwest in Conrad Montana until they moved to "The Springs", a retirement community in Whitefish, Montana in December 2012.

Ken fell ill in February 2013 at which time he was admitted to the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell where he was receiving physical therapy and rehabilitation services. He passed away on May 19, 2013 with his family present.

Ken is survived by his wife, Jeannie Duncan of Whitefish; daughters Sherri Donovan (Ken) of Condon; and Terry Dougherty (Pat) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and his son Greg Duncan (Tammie Klinker) of Helena Montana. He is also survived by his step children, Shirley Kronebusch (Jon) of Conrad, Montana and Steve Farrar of Billings, Montana.

He has 9 grandchildren. Kena Krona (Pete) of Kalispell Montana; Shawnia Taylor (Dave) of Monroe Louisiana; Kimberly Ross of New City, New York; Brian Donovan (Holly Behm) of Dillingham, Alaska; Sean Donovan (Crystal) of Kalispell Montana; Lindsay Heiken (Ben) of Broadview, Montana; Roberta Kronebusch of Bozeman, Montana; Callie Farrar of Billings, Montana and Devon Farrar of Billings, Montana. He also has 14 great grand children.

He is also survived by his sister, Ora Bucher of Conrad, Montana; and brothers Earl Duncan (Linda) of Conrad, Montana; and Bert (Bud) Duncan (Barbara) of Great Falls, Montana and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded death by his brothers Maynard Duncan of Kalispell, Montana; Lyle Duncan of Cut Bank Montana; Delwin Duncan of Anchorage Alaska: and sisters Laveave Duncan Miller Hammon of Dupuyer: Alice Iversen of Conrad; Gladys Griggs of Conrad; Annabelle Forrester of Wisconsin and Marjorie Prindle of Lakeside, Montana.

Published in Great Falls Tribune from May 23 to May 24, 2013
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