By The Mercury

Harrell Dean Duncan, 80, died September 27 at Fairview Hospital in Edina, Minnesota, from pneumonia after a long battle with multi-infarct dementia.

The family provided some of the following information.

Dean was preceded in death by wife Jan; son Terry; parents, Helen and Floyd Duncan; and siblings, Helen Daneen Newell, and Larry Duncan.

He is survived by daughters, Shannon Atwill and husband Doug, and Minette Harper and husband David; son, Kirk Duncan and wife Jean; siblings, Floyd E. Duncan and wife Ruby, and Lois Eller.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 2801 West 15th St N, Wichita.

An interment ceremony will be at 3 p.m. the same day at the city cemetery in Larned.

Dean was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Wamego. He grew up in the small community of St. George, where he attended St. George Kansas Rural High School.

He was active in 4H and played alongside his brother on the basketball team. Dean earned a degree in agriculture from Kansas State University. In college, he remained active with 4H, was on the KSU Crops Judging Team, and happily met the love of his life, Jan Sharon Boster. After serving in the U.S. Army, Dean returned home to marry Jan at the campus chapel.

To support his growing family, Dean took a job with the USDA as a grain inspector; working at field offices in Kansas and Minnesota.

Dean and Jan spent their retirement years in Wichita until failing health prompted them to move back to Minnesota to be nearer their oldest daughter.

Jan and Dean’s faith in Christ was a prominent part of their life which they passed on to their children. Dean also had a passion for lapidary work and for many years sold his jewelry at local craft shows.

Between craft shows, Jan and Dean shared an enthusiasm for genealogy, compiling rich family histories. While the days of his playing athletics faded as he exited high school, Dean’s love of sports never abated.

He was a lifelong K-State fan, traveling with Jan to attend many ballgames. When Dean’s health failed, he still loved watching sports on television; cheering his beloved Wildcats on to victory.

It is with sadness that we mark Dean’s passing, but with great joy that we celebrate his life. We take solace in the knowledge that his passing has released him from the afflictions that plagued his later years and has reunited him with his beloved wife Jan.

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