HUBBARD - Verl Fredrick Duncan, 73, of Hubbard, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames from complications of COVID-19. A private family funeral service will be held at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 17. Burial will follow in the Hubbard Cemetery. Memorial suggestions are the Hubbard Historical Society, Hardin County Conservation, Calkins Nature Center, the Hubbard Public Library or St. John Lutheran Church. Boeke Funeral Home of Hubbard is in charge of arrangements. For more information and online condolences go to: www.boekefuneralhomes.com
Verl was born April 19, 1947, in Eldora, Iowa, to James and Martha (Schnormeier) Duncan. He grew up on the family’s farm northeast of Hubbard with his two brothers, David and Craig, and graduated from Hubbard High School in 1965. Verl was drafted into the army and spent one year in Vietnam, a part of his life that he never talked about but that affected him in later years when he was diagnosed with health issues related to Agent Orange. On Feb. 24, 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Halsey, and they lived in Hubbard the rest of his life. Following their marriage, Verl began work as a service manager at the Chevrolet dealership in Eldora for several years. Later he commuted every day to Des Moines to work at Cutty’s Campground and later the City of Grimes from which he retired.