Brunswick >> Leonard W. "Lenny" Duncan Sr., 75, a lifelong resident and third generation dairy farmer, died peacefully, Thursday, January 30, 2014, at his home with his devoted family by his side, following a long illness.
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Born November 11, 1938, in Troy, Mr. Duncan was the son of the late Lynn and Ethel (Golden) Duncan and for over 52 years the loving husband of Ruth (Maxwell) Duncan of Brunswick, who survives. Lenny and Ruth were married on September 16, 1961.
Mr. Duncan attended the local district school and graduated from Troy High School.
Throughout his adult life, Leonard worked on the Duncan Dairy Farm with both his father and grandfather. After their passing, he assumed ownership of the farm. Following a devastating fire in 1995, he rebuilt "The Duncan Farm," and continued to enjoy working it with his wife, three sons and daughter.
In addition to working the farm, Mr. Duncan worked several part time jobs including driving a school bus, custom farm work for area farmers, and driving a milk delivery truck. As rising costs made it more difficult to continue farming, Leonard chose to sell property for the construction of the R.O.U.S.E.S. project in Brunswick to help his neighbors and community.
Mr. Duncan was a 35-year member of the B.P.O.E. Brunswick Lodge #2556, a past chairman of Agway, and bowled for many years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family to the New Hampshire coast, visiting area casinos, camping, attending "Farm Days", and especially seeing Disney World with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Leonard is survived by his four children, Leonard W. "Lenny" Duncan Jr., John R. "Jack" Duncan, Linda E. Duncan, and Todd M. (Kathy) Duncan, all of Brunswick, a brother, Robert (Joyce) Duncan, a sister, Mildred Johnson, six beloved grandchildren, Katie, T.J., Kayley, Ashley, Josh and Grace Duncan, his God-daughter, Donnamarie Johnson, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister and two brothers-in-law, the late Ruth Duncan Gardeneer, Don Gardeneer Sr. and Robert Johnson.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 10:00 A.M. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown. Burial will follow at Eagle Mills Cemetery in Brunswick. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday, February 3, 2014, from 3:00-7:00 P.M.
At the request of the family, contributions if desired, rather than flowers may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, New York 12144 in memory of Leonard W. Duncan Sr.
Howard B Tate & Son Funeral Home
2237 State Highway 7 Troy, NY 12180
Published in The Record on Feb. 2, 2014