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Boyd I. Duncan

March 2, 1927 December 11, 2009
Boyd I. Duncan
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Boyd Issac Duncan, age 82, resident of Frederic, WI passed away at his home December 11, 2009 after a lengthy illness.
He was born on March 2, 1927 in Frederic, Wisconsin. The son of Lyman and Lola Duncan.
Boyd married Eleanor Domagala on February 16, 1952. Boyd was a “happy go lucky” Irishman, always loving and easy going. Boyd provided Eleanor with what she needed and she couldn’t have asked for anything different. Boyd was the best husband in the whole world.
Boyd and Eleanor had two children. First came a daughter, Twyla. Boyd had a special place in his heart for his little girl. They shared a special bond and were able to talk and share so much. Then came a son, Kevin. Pop’s taught Kevin how to hunt, fish and when he was tall enough to see over the top of a pool table, how to play pool. Boyd loved his children so much and was the best daddy in the whole world.
Then came along the grandchildren, Maddie, Joey, and Ellie. Grandpa loved and cherished his grandchildren so much. He loved spending time and playing with them. They meant the world to him. He was the best Grandpa in the whole world.
Boyd worked at Pittsburg Glass in St. Paul, Stokley’s Canning Factory in Frederic, was a pin setter when the bowling alley was on Main Street, and retired from the Frederic Golf Course after 32 years. Boyd worked for his son, Kevin approximately 25 years, making hearing aid parts during the winter months when he was laid off from the golf course. Boyd also worked part-time for Kevin at A-1 Machine, after his retirement from the golf course.
Boyd hobby farmed for a number of years raising Stokley beans, oats and rye. He was a handyman that could fix anything from farm equipment to mini-bikes. He also was a good carpenter and did his own home remodeling. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, gardening, and playing pool.
Boyd started the Pool League 50 plus years ago. He has been on many championship teams over the years. Boyd’s team has won the league for the last 21 years straight.
Boyd had a few health issues starting 11 years ago with a massive heart attack and bypass surgery. After about two months in the hospital he got out one week before Kevin and Joanie’s wedding. Many memories since then counting the blessing of sharing his life with his grandchildren. Three years ago last June Boyd broke his ankle, and with his diabetes had a hard time getting the wound to heal. With Eleanor’s excellent care, and thanks to everyone at the Wound Care Center in Amery, after about three years his ankle finally healed. Early August Boyd’s health started failing, and was diagnosed with liver cancer after being rushed to Region’s Medical Center August 26th. He came home September 1st with the odds of not making it another week. Boyd never gave up and put up a good fight to the end. No matter what, he never complained. He was always appreciative to whoever gave him care. Thank you to the doctors and nurses, and also a big thank you to all from Regional Hospice for all their care and assistance. A special thank you to Mack and Deloris Duncan for helping with Boyd, he really enjoyed their company and all they did for him. Thank you Father Mullen for all of the comfort from your visits. Boyd came out of this and gave us another 3 ½ months of great times and memories. He was able to play the first five weeks of pool league making many great shots, as he so often did. Boyd loved and took pride in all his pool buddies. He didn’t say it till after the last league night he played, that he just wanted to make it, and to be able to shake all his teammate’s hands one last time.
Boyd is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor of 57 years. His children, Twyla Rieck from Pennsylvania, and Kevin (Joanie) Duncan from Grantsburg. Three grandchildren, Madeline, Joseph, and Ellie. His sisters, Jean Fenton and JoAnn Schmidt of Frederic. His brothers, Mack (Deloris) Duncan of Frederic and Dean Duncan of Mound Minnesota.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Lyman and Lola Duncan along with his brother, Wesley Duncan.
Boyd was an inspiration to us all. It has often been mentioned that he has never had anything bad to say about anyone. He is loved by everyone who knew him and will be sadly missed. On the morning that Grandpa passed away, Joey (9) asked his mom, “How do they celebrate Christmas in Heaven?” She said, “They have a huge celebration!” Joey said, “Then Grandpa made it just in time.”
A gathering will be held at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Frederic on Saturday, December 19th at 11 a.m. Time to visit with the family will begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until the service begins.
Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center of Milltown, WI were entrusted with arrangements
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