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Joseph (Joe) B. Duncan

October 30, 1928 ~ July 25, 2021 (age 92)


       Joseph (Joe) B. Duncan, 92, passed away early Sunday morning, July 25, 2021, at Yorktown Manor Health Care Center.  He was born October 30, 1928, in Alexandria, Indiana to Boyd P. Duncan and Thelma (Harnish) Duncan Taylor.  He was raised by his foster parents, Pearl M. and Gertrude Cross.

       He was a 1946 graduate of Center High School, attended Ball State Teachers College, was in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and served three years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps.

       Joe married Dorothy A. (Perry) Duncan on April 6, 1951, and she survives.  His career was that of a personnel manager in manufacturing and then as an officer at Industrial Trust and Savings Bank.  After retirement, he worked at Lifetouch Portrait and Paws, Inc.  Mr. Duncan loved music and art and found enjoyment inpainting with oils and acrylics.  One of his paintings is in the permanent collection of the Minnestrista Cultural Center.  He was involved with Muncie Civic Theatre for many years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, serving on the Board of Directors and performing in several productions, including as Lazar Wolf, the Butcher in “Fiddler On The Roof.”

       Besides his wife of 70 years, Dorothy, he is survived by his daughters, Susan Beach (Ronald), Muncie; Teresa Spitzer (Robert), Cortland, New York; Nancy Heikkila (Steve), Wedgefield, South Carolina; Barbara Cloyd (Gregg), Central, South Carolina; one son, Bruce Duncan (Brenda), Losantville; thirteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

       He was preceded in death by his parents, foster parents, one sister, Bonnie (Duncan) Horvath, one brother, Keith Duncan, as well as several foster siblings.

        Due to Covid concerns, a private family funeral service will be at Parson Mortuary with Pastor Rusty Clements officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery.

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