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Larry Ray Duncan

April 15, 1933 ~ July 3, 2022 (age 89)

Tribute

Larry R. Duncan, 89, of Lancaster, OH, thwarted the fallacious resuscitation efforts of hospital staff and passed from this earth in the early morning of July 3, 2022. Strong work, Dad! Although Parkinson’s disease robbed him of his voice and hearty laugh, he retained his intelligence and his signature grin. Larry was born at home to Hugh and Marie (Stifle) Duncan in Robinson, IL. The Duncans relocated to Findlay, OH where Larry was joined by sister, Karen, four years his junior. He and Karen enjoyed childhoods full of adventure, outdoor play, sports, hunting, fishing, pets and working in the family garden.

A young entrepreneur, Larry raised and sold rabbits during the war rationing years, worked for a vending company placing change under cigarette pack cellophane and managed two large newspaper routes. He graduated from Findlay High School in 1951 where he was active in sports and the math and projectionist clubs. While studying at and as a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member at Miami University, Larry met and fell for his “other half,” Lois Oyler. As sophomores, their plans to elope to Indiana were met with barriers requiring an all-night road trip adventure. His parents and sister were rousted from bed to join them on a 3-state tour to obtain necessary testing, marriage license, and ceremony. Lois’ parents eventually came to accept the union. After two years active duty in the US Army, Larry joined the Army Reserves and returned to college, graduating in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Lois forced him to give up catching baseball after a series of minor injuries. Daughter Lee Ann crashed the Duncan household in 1961, a much awaited event. She was definitely "daddy's little girl." Larry actively participated in events throughout her school years. He modeled honesty, integrity, compassion and courage.

Through the years, Larry was employed in computer/data processing positions at Marathon Oil Co, Ross Pharmaceuticals, Shoe Corporation of America and Bank One, finally retiring from Highlights for Children at the age of 70. His work took the Duncan family from Findlay, OH to Columbus OH, to Waterville, ME and back to Lancaster, OH. Always up for adventure, Larry took the family on epic vacations, both planned and spontaneous. The most memorable trips for Lee Ann were a Christmas trip to San Antonio, Monterey, Mexico and Pensacola and several excursions to a fishing camp near Sudbury, Ontario with travel across Canada, Michigan, New York and New England. As empty-nesters, Larry and Lois traveled cross country on his touring bike, often visiting historic homes, particularly those of late Presidents.

Always with a project or three going, Larry enjoyed history books- Civil War in particular, woodworking, and renovating his homes. He spent many years active in the Masons and Scottish Rite Shrine. The move to Maine enabled fishing, boating, snowmobiling and gardening. Retirement year’s brought daily euchre at the mall, two giant Maine Coon Cats, macramé, counted cross stitch, crewel, and needle point. Many of his creations have been award winners at the County Fair. Larry’s mother, his cats, and his beloved Lois all passed in 2011. Despite these losses, he remained socially active in sports and games with the Canal Winchester Senior Center, where he was appointed treasurer and with the College view Acres Homeowner’s Association where he held several offices, including many years of managing the community pool. Larry’s absolute favorite haunt was Das Kaffee Haus in the quaint village of Lithopolis. He was a daily fixture at the bar, drinking black coffee and working crosswords until COVID hit and his health began to deteriorate. The consummate social butterfly with a laugh that came from his toes, Larry made unconditional friends in many places. He was the absolute best dad a daughter could ask for; loving unconditionally, rescuing with no questions asked (however with a lesson or two imparted) and acting as a lifetime mediator between Lee and her Mom.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois; and infant grandson, Dana Christopher Jones.
He is survived by daughter, Lee Ann Simpson of Lewiston, ME; grandson, Andrew (Lisa) Jones of Lewiston, ME; granddaughter, Melissa (Moe) Demers and family of Auburn, ME; sister, Karen McFadden of Findlay, OH; nieces Deborah (Dana) Aaron of Wayland, MA, Kathy Wefler and Kristie Billmaier, both of Findlay, OH; and nephew, Todd (Phil) McFadden of Findlay, OH and Coldwater, MI. Larry also leaves special friends: Kim Adkins and family of Lancaster, OH and Peg and Lee Smith of Canal Winchester, OH. Lee extends her heartfelt gratitude to Kim Adkins and the staff at Canal Winchester Assisted Living for their loving assistance so that Larry could retain as much independence as was physically possible.

A special thank you goes out to Jennifer Newell and Lisa Minerd, Larry's favs at assisted living.

Please join Larry’s family in celebrating his life at the College View Acres pool shelter house – 77 Oberlin Ct, Lancaster OH, 43130, on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM. Service 4-5 pm followed by a potluck meal, stories, and friendship. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share if you can. Dress is ultra-casual (Larry would have demanded it.) Stetsons and cowboy boots are optional. Arrangements by DWAYNE R SPENCE FUNERAL HOME.

Services

Service
Saturday
August 13, 2022

4:00 PM to TBD
College View Event/pool Center
77 Oberlin Ct
Lancaster, OH 43130

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