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Charles R. ‘Bubbie’ Duncan

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Charles R. "Bubbie" Duncan

STERLING – Charles Raymond “Bubbie” Duncan, 81, of Sterling, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Charles was born June 8, 1932, in Chilhowie, Virginia, to Brack and Lockie (Bailey) Duncan. He married Helen Kathleen Porter on Aug. 25, 1951. Charles worked for 31 years as a machine operator at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., and for 20 years with Lee Wayne Co. in Sterling as a handyman and groundskeeper, before his retirement. He enjoyed carpentry. He was an avid gardener, and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; six daughters, Janet (James) Burnop of League City, Texas, Diana (Richard) Hammer of Dixon, Phyllis (Raul) Garza of Rock Falls, Dreama (Robert) Brainerd of Lost Nation, Bonnie (William) Turner of Dry Ridge, Kentucky., and Sarah Duncan (Martin Ramirez) of Menifee, California.; one son, Jack (Tammy) Duncan of Rock Falls; 13 grandchildren, Michelle Reynolds, Spencer Burnop, Aaron Kobbeman, Nahshon Garza, Kirstie Milne, Joseph Deets, Angela Rice, Timothy Garza, Nichole Devers, Lucas Brainerd, Kenneth Courtright, Caleb Brainerd, and Christopher Duncan; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William “Willie” Duncan and James Duncan; and three sisters, Eula Harmon, Mary Frances “Tuttie” Duncan, and his twin sister, Alice May Dowell. 

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, with the Rev Roger Carlson officiating. McDonald Funeral Homes is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity Hospice.

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