James H. “Jim” Duncan was born December 18, 1933 in Lemmon, SD to Charles and Lois (Amoo) Duncan.
Jim grew up in Morristown, SD on the Duncan family sheep ranch. He graduated from Lemmon High School in 1952. On November 13, 1953 he entered the United States Air Force where he was a mechanic and received the National Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his years of service. Following his discharge on October 21, 1957, he returned home to help on the family sheep ranch. He had many stories to tell his children and grandchildren about those days on the ranch.
On January 13, 1964, Jim married his best friend Ilene (Braun). They were blessed with 51 years, 11 months, and 22 days of great memories and 3 children, Tammy (1964), Steven (1965), and Kimberly (1970).
Jim managed the Ranger Bar for 28 years during this time many lifelong friendships were made. Everyone knew the saying “You’re No Stranger At The Ranger”. Jim and Ilene also owned and operated the local Montgomery Ward Store for 11 years. During this time Jim also worked for the United States Post Office, retiring from the post office with 25 years of federal service on Oct. 27, 2003.
He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed following the Minnesota Vikings and rarely if ever missed any of his children’s activities during their high school years at Lemmon. Jim continued to follow his son’s college games at Black Hills State and then his grandchildren with their activities. Most recently he would eagerly follow the Lemmon Cowgirls Basketball team, who are coached by his granddaughter Jocelyn. Jim was always right there to support them and cheer them on.
You could always find Jim looking for a good game of cards with his card buddies and he missed not being able to play in recent months. Jim had a great sense of humor and enjoyed doing “flybys” with his brother Lee in Lee’s airplane. It often got the sheeps attention, but their father did not find it as funny.
In June of 2013 Jim was diagnosed with Lung cancer. Jim passed from this life on Monday, Jan. 4th at the age of 82 years.
Jim is survived by his wife Ilene, two daughters, Tammy (Don) Rieger of Milbank, SD, Kimberly (Jon) Lutz of Regent, ND, 1 son, Steven (Jackie) Duncan of Watertown, SD; 6 grandchildren, Robert James Rieger of Yankton, SD, Jocelyn Rieger of Lemmon, SD, Taylor Duncan of Aberdeen, SD, Danielle Duncan of Watertown, SD, Kaitlyn Duncan of Regent, ND, Logan Lutz of Regent, ND; a sister, Phyllis Merkel of Rapid City, SD; 2 brothers- in-law, Eugene Braun of Las Vegas, NV; and Don (Betty) Braun of Moorhead, MN, 4 sisters- in- law, Rita (Jerry) Schafer Milwaukee, WI Ann (Lynn) Runnels Fredrick, WI, Kathy (Carl) Sietz of Las Vegas, NV, and Joyce Duncan of Billings, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews and many close family friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Lois Duncan, his brother Lee Duncan, brother and sister-in-law Billy & Peggy Duncan, brother-in-law George Merkel, sister-in-law Pat (Braun) and brother-in-law Larry Randash.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Bismarck Cancer Center in Bismarck, ND and can be sent to 500 North 8th Street Bismarck, ND 58501.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com