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Hubbard's Duncan remembered as one who lived to serve others

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Hubbard's Duncan remembered as one who lived to serve others
Verl Duncan

Verl Duncan is pictured in this family photo holding his great-grandchild Gjoa. He was known for his uncanny ability to soothe any child that was placed in his arms.

Verl Duncan spent years serving others. He did it as a soldier in Vietnam, and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Hardin County Conservation. He served his wife Barb through small acts of love – going out to buy her a cup of coffee, and making sure her car was always full of gas. And he did it for his children and grandchildren – first, as a foster parent, and then as a doting adult who got down on their level to speak to them, and soothing every crying baby he encountered. In short, Verl lived his life for other people.

That life ended on Sept. 30 when Verl, who was 73, died from complications of COVID-19. He’s one of 26 Hardin County residents who’ve lost their lives to the disease since August.

Barb and Verl Duncan

Barb and Verl Duncan were engaged on Christmas Eve in 1965 after meeting in high school. He proposed to her in his 1965 Galaxy 500 XL while parked in front of the Hubbard Lutheran Church. They married in 1968.

Verl Duncan

Verl Duncan is pictured reading a book with his great-grandchildren Gjoa and Azelia. Verl had a special connection with children, able to soothe the fussiest baby. They loved and flocked to him.

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Director Wes

This was a great article! Thank You for letting everyone get to know who he was!

Wes Wiese

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